MacFarlane, Andrew


Associate Professor


Office Location

Department of Chemistry
Brimacombe 317
2355 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Lab Location

4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 2A3
Tel (lab): (604) 222-1047

Phone: (604) 822-6866


Bachelors Degree University of Victoria (1990)
Masters Degree University of British Columbia (1992)
Doctoral Degree University of British Columbia (1997)

Employment History

1997 - 1999 Postdoctoral Fellow, Universite Paris-Sud

1999 - 2001 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

2001 - 2002 TRIUMF Research Associate, University of British Columbia

2002 - 2008 Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

2005 - 2011 Associate Member, University of British Columbia

2008 - Present Associate Professor, University of British Columbia

Awards & Honours

1997 – 1999NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, France

1995Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Predoctoral Fellowship

1993Faculty of Graduate Studies Travel Award, UBC

1990 – 1995NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships, UBC

1990The Governor General's Silver Medal, UVic

1989NSERC Undergraduate Research Award, UVic

1989Faculty Scholarships, UVic

1988 – 1989Wood's Trust Scholarships, UVic

1988Mark E. Mooney Memorial Scholarship, UVic

1988Hazel T. Knox Memorial Scholarship, UVic

1988Faculty Scholarships, UVic

1986 – 1989President's Scolarships, UVic

1986Faculty Scholarships, UVic

1985 – 1987B.C. Provincial Scholarships, UVic

1985The Lim Li Bang Memorial Scholarship, UVic

Committees & Service

1993 - Present Member of the American Physical Society

2002 - 2004 Chemistry Department, Graduate Student Recruiting Committee

2003 Hiring Committee for AMPEL scientist

2003 - Present Chemistry Department, Curriculum Committee

2004 - 2005 Chemistry Department, Graduate Student Admissions Committee

2004 - 2006 Chemistry Department, Scholarships Committee

2004 - 2006 Co-organizer for the Physical Chemistry Seminar Series at UBC

2005 - 2006 Chemistry Department, Computing Facilities Committee

2005 - 2006 Chemistry Department, Computing Facilities Committee

2005 Presentations to the National Research Council Advisory Committee on TRIUMF (ACOT)

2005 - 2007 Alternate Member of TRIUMF Operating Committee for J.E. Sonier (SFU)

2005 – 2012 Chemistry Department Liaison to Faculty of Applied Science & Faculty of Arts

2006 Presentations to the National Research Council Advisory Committee on TRIUMF (ACOT)

2007 - Continuing Member of the AMPEL space committee

2007 Presentations to the National Research Council Advisory Committee on TRIUMF (ACOT)

2007 - 2008 Member of TRIUMF Operating Committee (OpCom) & Five Year Plan Steering Committee

2008 Rapporteur, United Nations IAEA Technical Meeting TM34706

2009 Representing Materials Science for TRIUMF visitors: D. Wayner (VP, NRC), Anne-Marie Thompson (NSERC), D. Weitz (Harvard) (2010), M. Binder, Chair, Cdn Nuclear Safety Commission

2009 TRIUMF, O. Hausser Postdoctoral fellowship selection committee

2009 - 2011 Chemistry Department, Scholarships Committee

2010 TRIUMF Centre for Material and Molecular Science, Hiring Committee for a facility scientist

2010 - 2011 Chemistry Department Equipment Committee

2011 Chair of the TRIUMF Users’ Executive Committee

2011 TRIUMF Academic Relations Committee

2011 Coordinator for “funding” section of the AMPEL external review document

2012 Search Committee for Director of AMPEL, elected

Research Interests

Interests: Electronic and magnetic properties of crystalline solids, especially strongly correlated materials such as the cuprate high temperature superconductors.
Techniques: Magnetic Resonance, ß-detected NMR and NQR, muon spin rotation, conventional solid state NMR…
Research: Synthesis of thin solid films (typically transition metal oxides) and heterostructures via Pulsed Laser Deposition and other means. Analysis of local magnetic properties in thin films and near interfaces with ßNMR. Synthesis of nanostructured solids, such as arrays of noble metal nanoparticles.
In ßNMR one detects the nuclear magnetic resonance of a ß-radioactive nucleus via the decay products, megavolt energy electrons. Such a signal is easy to detect, and, combined with the high nuclear polarization obtained by optical pumping prior to implantation, this yields an enormously higher signal per spin than conventional NMR. In fact one typically uses a few million nuclei for a measurement, instead of 1020 in a typical NMR experiment. One can thus make some kinds of measurements which are inconceivable with conventional NMR such as the NMR in thin films a few to tens of nanometers thick. On this lengthscale, there are many interesting phenomena which can be measured with such a probe. In ßNQR, one uses the splitting of the nuclear spin states by the interaction of the nuclear spin with the local value of the electric field gradient in a crystal for example. One can then use this as a sensitive local probe of the charge distribution in the vicinity.
I have an ongoing program in ßNMR. I also have a program on the synthesis and characterization of thin films of oxides and other materials at AMPEL using pulsed laser deposition, spectroscopic ellipsometry and many other techniques.


2355 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada
Tel: 604.822.3909
Fax: 604.822.4750