The prize is given annually by the UK's Institute of Physics and the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (German Physical Society), in memory of German physicist Max Born. It is presented for "outstanding contributions to physics", and goes to physicists based in Germany and in the UK or Ireland in alternate years.
Andrea works at the interface between condensed matter physics, ultrafast optics and x-ray science. His research looks at the physics of strongly correlated electron systems, and seeks to control their structural and electronic phases with ultrashort pulses of light. He also studies the dynamics of phase transitions and of various types of coherent excitations in condensed matter, and uses femtosecond x-rays to interrogate them on their elementary timescale.