Dr Andrew Christofferson | ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science

Dr Andrew Christofferson

Lecturer, School of Science, Applied Chemistry and Environmental Science, RMIT University

In his current position as a Lecturer at RMIT University, Andrew Christofferson uses molecular dynamics simulations, quantum chemical calculations, and machine learning methods along with experimental X-ray diffraction data to determine atomistic models of self-assembled materials, polymers, biomaterial interactions, liquid metals, ionic liquids, deep eutectic solvents, and fluorescent materials.

Andrew received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Montana State University, USA, and a PhD in chemistry with a focus on computational chemistry from the University of Birmingham, UK. During his PhD studies he determined the reaction mechanism for the reduction of the chemotherapy prodrug CB1954 by the enzyme NfsB.

His postdoctoral work at the National Institute of Biological Sciences, China resulted in new models for selenium-modified DNA, and an explanation for the experimentally observed differences in DNA melting points with various modified base pairings. He also received a grant from the National Natural Science Foundation of China for design and applications of a reactive force field for ambient-temperature proton transfer reactions.

PhD - Chemistry, University of Birmingham, UK, 2010
Bachelor's degree - Chemistry, Montana State University, USA, 2002


Journal Articles
Pervin, R.; Manian, A.; Chen, Z.; Christofferson, A. J.; Owyong, T. Cin; Bradley, S. J.; White, J. M.; Ghiggino, K. P.; Russo, S. P.; Wong, W. W. H. Medium effects on the fluorescence of Imide-substituted naphthalene diimides. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry 2023, 436, 114364 DOI: 10.1016/j.jphotochem.2022.114364. doi: 10.1016/j.jphotochem.2022.114364
Bryant, S. J.; Christofferson, A. J.; Greaves, T. L.; McConville, C. F.; Bryant, G.; Elbourne, A. Bulk and interfacial nanostructure and properties in deep eutectic solvents: Current perspectives and future directions. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2022, 608 (3), 2430-2454 DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2021.10.163. doi: 10.1016/j.jcis.2021.10.163
Elbourne, A.; Besford, Q. A.; Meftahi, N.; Crawford, R. J.; Daeneke, T.; Greaves, T. L.; McConville, C. F.; Bryant, G.; Bryant, S. J.; Christofferson, A. J. The Impact of Water on the Lateral Nanostructure of a Deep Eutectic Solvent–Solid Interface. Australian Journal of Chemistry 2022, 75 (2), 111-125 DOI: 10.1071/CH21078. doi: 10.1071/CH21078
Besford, Q. A.; Yong, H.; Merlitz, H.; Christofferson, A. J.; Sommer, J. ‐U.; Uhlmann, P.; Fery, A. FRET‐Integrated Polymer Brushes for Spatially Resolved Sensing of Changes in Polymer Conformation. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2021, 60 (30), 16600 - 16606 DOI: 10.1002/anie.202104204. doi: 10.1002/anie.202104204
Pathirannahalage, S. P. Kadaolu; Meftahi, N.; Elbourne, A.; Weiss, A. C. G.; McConville, C. F.; Padua, A.; Winkler, D. A.; Gomes, M. Costa; Greaves, T. L.; Le, T. C.; et al. Systematic Comparison of the Structural and Dynamic Properties of Commonly Used Water Models for Molecular Dynamics Simulations. Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling 2021, 61 (9), 4521 - 4536 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.1c00794. doi: 10.1021/acs.jcim.1c00794
Ghasemian, M. B.; Zavabeti, A.; Mousavi, M.; Murdoch, B. J.; Christofferson, A. J.; Meftahi, N.; Tang, J.; Han, J.; Jalili, R.; Allioux, F. ‐M.; et al. Doping Process of 2D Materials Based on the Selective Migration of Dopants to the Interface of Liquid Metals. Advanced Materials 2021, 33 (43), 2104793 DOI: 10.1002/adma.202104793. doi: 10.1002/adma.202104793
Ye, S.; Tian, T.; Christofferson, A. J.; Erikson, S.; Jagielski, J.; Luo, Z.; Kumar, S.; Shih, C. - J.; Leroux, J. - C.; Bao, Y. Continuous color tuning of single-fluorophore emission via polymerization-mediated through-space charge transfer. Science Advances 2021, 7 (15), eabd1794 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abd1794. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abd1794
Tang, J.; Lambie, S.; Meftahi, N.; Christofferson, A. J.; Yang, J.; Ghasemian, M. B.; Han, J.; Allioux, F. - M.; Rahim, M. Arifur; Mayyas, M.; et al. Unique surface patterns emerging during solidification of liquid metal alloys. Nature Nanotechnology 2021, 16 (4), 431 - 439 DOI: 10.1038/s41565-020-00835-7. doi: 10.1038/s41565-020-00835-7
Elbourne, A.; Meftahi, N.; Greaves, T. L.; McConville, C. F.; Bryant, G.; Bryant, S. J.; Christofferson, A. J. Nanostructure of a deep eutectic solvent at solid interfaces. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2021, 591, 38 - 51 DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2021.01.089. doi: 10.1016/j.jcis.2021.01.089
Meftahi, N.; Klymenko, M. V.; Christofferson, A. J.; Bach, U.; Winkler, D. A.; Russo, S. P. Machine learning property prediction for organic photovoltaic devices. npj Computational Materials 2020, 6 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41524-020-00429-w. doi: 10.1038/s41524-020-00429-w
Meftahi, N.; Manian, A.; Christofferson, A. J.; Lyskov, I.; Russo, S. P. A computational exploration of aggregation-induced excitonic quenching mechanisms for perylene diimide chromophores. The Journal of Chemical Physics 2020, 153 (6), 064108 DOI: 10.1063/5.0013634. doi: 10.1063/5.0013634