Andrew is a chemist whose pioneering research has led to major advances in the field of organic light emitting devices and printed solar cells as a low-cost source of renewable energy. He is a University of Melbourne Laureate Professor Emeritus, and he was the inaugural veski Innovation Fellow in 2004. He has received a number of prestigious international awards. He was a member of the veski Board and a member of the Cambridge University Press Syndicate.
Andrew was recognised in 2017 by the appointment of Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), for his service to science through research and development.
Andrew currently serves on the Board of the Theo Murphy Fund overseen by the Royal Society (Australia) Pty Ltd.