Adrian is currently a Reader in Earth and Planetary Magnetism at Imperial College London, where he heads the Natural Magnetism Group. He was a Royal Society University Research Fellow from 2004 to 2012. Before that he held post-doctoral research positions at the University of Edinburgh, University of Toronto, Univ. München and the GFZ Potsdam. He completed his D.Phil. at the University of Oxford, and was an undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh. He spent a year at the GFZ Potsdam whilst a Royal Society URF.
Prof Alfè's research interests are mainly focused on theoretical-computational first principles techniques applied to a variety of problems, from the study of the properties of Earth's forming materials at the extreme conditions of Earth's deep interior, to surface science problems related to catalysis and hydrogen storage.
Professor Alfè is a member of the Thomas Young Centre, the London Centre for the Theory and Simulation of Materials.