• KY16 9ST

    United Kingdom

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Solid-state and materials chemistry; ferroelectrics and dielectrics; functional materials; impedance and dielectric spectroscopy; composition-structure-property relationships.

Research interests

Solid-state chemistry of functional materials, especially ferroelectric and related materials.

Research overview

My research focusses on functional inorganic materials (piezo-, pyro-, ferroelectrics and also multiferroics) for electronic applications. Activities encompass both development of new materials and understanding of the role of intrinsic (composition, crystal structure) and extrinsic (interfaces, processing) factors on the performance of materials. Our approach is to use in-depth structural studies, using x-ray and neutron powder diffraction techniques, in combination with extensive electrical characterisation using immittance/dielectric spectroscopy, polarisation-field, and pyroelectric current measurements.

Teaching activity

Specialist areas: solid-state and materials chemistry; functional materials; electroceramic oxides.


Lectures: CH1402 Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (Properties of Solids); CH3712 Quantum Theory of Atoms, Molecules and Solids (Advanced Solid-State Chemistry); CH4715 Functional Materials (Module Convenor).

Laboratories: CH1402 Inorganic and Physcial Chemistry (Convenor);  CH4421 Research Skills Lab (Solid-State Chemistry).

Finlay also provides extra-curricular development for undergraduates by coordinating Summer Research Projects and acting as Chemistry Careers Link.


Finlay Morrison obtained his PhD in solid-state chemistry (University of Aberdeen 1999) followed by PDRA positions in the Engineering Materials Department, University of Sheffield (1999-2001) and the Earth Sciences Department, University of Cambridge (2001-2004). Finlay was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2004-2012) which he initially held at the University of Cambridge before joining the School of Chemistry at St Andrews in 2006.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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