Professor Andrew Abbott

Professor of Physical Chemistry


Professor Andrew Abbott’s interests are firmly based around green chemistry, with a particular emphasis on material processing. Active in developing novel solvent systems with industrial applications such as metal deposition and dissolution, Professor Abbott also collaborates strongly with industry. 

Much of his work to date has been in the development of novel processes using ionic liquids. He holds eleven patents, five of which have received worldwide rights.

Professor Abbott is currently a partner in the Faraday Institution project ReLiB recycling lithium ion batteries where his research and work has been instrumental in a new process for delaminating battery materials with Birmingham University. This is currently being scaled up for use at battery manufacturing plants around the UK.  


  • Ionic liquids
  • Metal processing
  • Mineral processing
  • Thermoplastic wood


A. P. Abbott, F. Endres and D. MacFarlane (Eds.), Electrodeposition of Metals from Ionic Liquids 2nd Edition Wiley VCH 2017

A. P. Abbott, A. Z. M. Al-Bassam, A. Goddard, R. C. Harris, G. R. T. Jenkin, F. J. Nisbet and M. Wieland, Dissolution of Pyrite and other Fe-S-As minerals using Deep Eutectic Solvents, Green Chem, 2017, 19, 2225 – 2233

A. P. Abbott, T. Z. Abolibda, W. Qu, W. R. Wise and L. A. Wright, Thermoplastic Starch-Polyethylene Blends Homogenised using Deep Eutectic Solvents, RSC Advances, 2017, 7, 7268-7273

A. P. Abbott, F. Bevan, M. Baeuerle, R. C. Harris and G. R. T. Jenkin, Paint Casting: A facile method of studying mineral electrochemistry, Electrochem. Commun. 2017, 76, 20-23

A. P. Abbott, A. Ballantyne, R. C. Harris, J. A. Juma and K. S. Ryder, Bright Metal Coatings from Sustainable Electrolytes: The Effect of Molecular Additives on Electrodeposition of Nickel from a Deep Eutectic Solvent Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 3219-3231

Yang, Q. B. Zhang, A. P. Abbott, Facile fabrication of nickel nanostructures on a copper-based template via a galvanic replacement reaction in a deep eutectic solvent Electrochem. Commun. 2016, 70, 60-64

G. R. T Jenkin,  A. Z. M Al-Bassam, R. C. Harris, A. P. Abbott, D. J. Smith, D. A. Holwell, R. J. Chapman, C. J. Stanley, Minerals Engineering 2016, 87, 18-24

A. P. Abbott, C. D’Agostino, S. J. Davis, L. F. Gladden and M. D. Mantle, Do Group 1 metal salts form deep eutectic solvents? Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 25528 – 25537

E. Crawford, L. A. Wright, S. L. James and A. P. Abbott Efficient continuous synthesis of high purity deep eutectic solvents by twin screw extrusion, Chem. Commun, 2016, 52, 4215-4218

A. P. Abbott, A. I. Alhaji, K. S. Ryder, M. Horne and T. Rodopoulos, Electrodeposition of Copper-Tin Alloys using Deep Eutectic Solvents, Trans. I. M. F. 2016, 94, 104-113


Senior member of the Centre for Materials Research

Research Director of a University Spin-out company Scionix Ltd

Chair of the Science and Engineering College Enterprise Committee


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Royal Society of Chemistry Green Chemistry Award

Royal Society of Chemistry Industrial Chemistry Lectureship

Institute of Chemical Engineers - Green Chemistry Award

National Energy Efficiency Award – DEFRA (Scionix)

Royal Society of Chemistry - Green Chemistry Award

Royal Society of Chemistry - Industrial Chemistry Lectureship

Food and Drink iNet - Best Collaborative Project Award.

Royal Society - Brian Mercer Award



PhD (Southampton)

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