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Alexander Bradshaw

Credit: Technical University Munich

Professor Alexander Bradshaw CBE FRS

Fellow


Elected: 2008

Biography

Alex Bradshaw is a physicist well known for his research in surface science and molecular spectroscopy. Alex played a leading role in the development and application of several surface techniques, including reflection–absorption infrared spectroscopy, angle-resolved photoemission and quantitative photoelectron diffraction. Moreover, he performed the first high-resolution soft X-ray photoionisation experiments on free molecules. His work has opened up new fields of research.

He has made seminal contributions to our understanding of the structure and bonding of adsorbed molecules, as well as of photoionisation processes in molecules in the inner-shell region. Alex is currently working on the use of nuclear fusion as an energy source and other general questions of energy supply and resources.

Alex has been a member of various evaluation panels nationally and internationally, and has chaired several EU committees on large-scale facilities and nuclear fusion. He has received a number of awards for his outstanding research and services to the scientific community. In 2002, he was awarded the German federal decoration, the Bundesverdienstkreuz, and in 2007 was made a CBE.

Professional positions

Emeritus Director, Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Max Planck Society
Guest Scientist, Fritz Haber Institute

Interests and expertise

Subject groups

Keywords

energy systems, Natural resources, Nuclear fusion, photoionisation, Surface physics