The University of Sheffield
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Professor Anthony R West

Professor A R West

Professor of Electroceramics and Solid State Chemistry

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5501
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5943


Tony West obtained his BSc degree in Chemistry at University College Swansea and his PhD at the University of Aberdeen, where he worked with Professor F. P. Glasser on silicate chemistry. He was appointed as a Lecturer in Aberdeen in 1971 and developed a lifetime interest in the then-emerging field of solid state chemistry with special interest in the synthesis of new oxide materials, their crystal structures and electrical properties. He was awarded a DSc from Aberdeen in 1984 and rose through the ranks to become Professor of Chemistry in 1989 before moving to the University of Sheffield, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, as Head of Department in 1999, a post he held until 2007.

Tony was founding editor of the Journal of Materials Chemistry and subsequently established the Materials Chemistry Forum,which has now become the Materials Chemistry Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He organised the First International Conference on Materials Chemistry, MCI, in Aberdeen, 1993, and co-organised the first Materials Discussion, MDI, in Bordeaux, 1998. He also served as President of the Inorganic Chemistry Division of IUPAC, 2004–2007.

Tony is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Over the years he has received several awards, including an Industrial Award in Solid State Chemistry from the RSC (1996), the Griffiths Medal and Prize from the IOM3 (2008), the Epsilon de Oro Award from the Spanish Society of Glass and Ceramics (2007) and the Chemical Record Lectureship from the Chemical Societies of Japan (2009). He has been awarded the 2013 John B. Goodenough Award in Materials Chemistry by the RSC, a lifetime award which recognises exceptional and sustained contributions to the field of materials chemistry.

He has >450 research publications (listed below) and best-selling books on solid state chemistry. He is currently preparing a second edition of 'Solid State Chemistry and its Applications' and a student edition is scheduled for publication in January 2014.

Research interests

His research is a blend of the Chemistry, Physics and Engineering of Inorganic Materials, especially oxides, which focuses on materials with interesting and/or useful electrical properties, especially ionic conductors, mixed ionic/electronic conductors, semiconductors, ferro- and di-electrics. His research programmes are broadly-based and cover a wide variety of experimental techniques, including:

Key projects

Key publications

Publication List (pdf 725kb)

Research group

Abtsam Alagdl

Nouf Alotaibi

Adil Alshohaibi

Kuang-Che (Shine) Hsiao

Yun Dang

Bo Dong

Rouzbeh Jarkaneh

John McCallum

Dr Nik Reeves-McLaren

Griffin Patterson

Pengrong Ren

Previous Group Members

Secretary to Professor Tony West

Kirsty Fisher

Research centres

Ceramics and Composites Laboratory