Philip Moriarty

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Phillip Moriarty

Philip Moriarty (* 1968 in London ) is a British physicist.

Moriarty works at the University of Nottingham . He was best known for collaborating with Brady Haran on the Sixty Symbols internet knowledge video series . Together with a group of nano researchers, he is researching the behavior of simple atomic complexes in order to be able to build 3D printers that print with individual atoms in the future .



He was born in London and moved to Monaghan , Republic of Ireland as a child in 1972 . In his youth, he said he could not identify with the culture in Monaghan because he was neither republican nor religious. As a student he had to repeat the third year of his studies, which he said was good for him.

From 1990 to 1994 he attended the School of Physical Sciences at Dublin City University , where he received his PhD in physics in 1994. Until 1997 he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the field of physics at the University of Nottingham . He then became a lecturer in the Department of Physics, which he remained until 2003. Since 2005 he has been Professor of Physics at the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham.

Private life

Philip Moriarty is married and has two 13 year old twin daughters and a 7 year old son. The family lives in Nottingham .

He has been playing electric guitar since childhood, likes heavy metal and writes about the connection between heavy metal and quantum physics .

Sixty Symbols

He is also a frequent guest on the Internet video series Sixty Symbols, in which Brady Haran asks scientists for a mostly physical character (e.g. Ψ,) in each episode , and they give him and the Sixty Symbols community something about it tell related topic. Philip Moriarty is a frequently seen guest there and has already worked on over 290 episodes, which have been viewed over 50 million times on the web video platform YouTube .

Scientific work

Research areas in his career

  • Around 2004: Synchrotron-based spectroscopy of hybrid organic-inorganic systems.
  • Around 2007: Self-organizing "formation patterns" in nanostructured systems.
  • Around 2011: Mapping, manipulating and spectroscopy with scanning probes .
  • Around 2012: Molecular self-assembly and intermolecular interactions.
  • Around 2014: imaging of molecular force fields with an atomic force microscope .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ John Elmes: Interview with Philip Moriarty . In: Times Higher Education (THE) . July 28, 2016 ( [accessed March 24, 2017]).
  2. ^ The Scientists - Sixty Symbols - Physics and Astronomy videos. Retrieved March 24, 2017 .
  3. ^ Philip Moriarty | The Huffington Post. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on March 25, 2017 ; Retrieved March 24, 2017 (American English). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. ^ Interview with Philip Moriarty . In: Times Higher Education (THE) . July 28, 2016 (English, [accessed March 24, 2017]).
  5. ^ Philip Moriarty - The University of Nottingham. Retrieved March 25, 2017 (UK English).