Claire Murray


Claire Murray is a Beamline Support Scientist for I11. Claire joined Diamond in 2013 after working at the University of Reading.

Tel: +44 (0) 1235 778145

Key Research Area

Key Research Areas

  • Powder Diffraction
  • Small Molecule Crystallography
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Structure Solution
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  1. Research Interests
  2. Publications
Research Interests -

I joined Diamond in January 2013 as a beamline support scientist on the high resolution powder diffraction beamline I11. I am actively involved in gas cell and catalysis research at I11, developing the flow cell for in-situ catalysis experiments. I am working on the Long Duration Experiments hutch, helping to develop sample environments and deliver the project. 

My research interests cover the chemistry of both small and large molecules. My collaborations for the former include work on perovskites whilst the latter is driven by my interest in supramolecular chemistry - particularly the synthesis and structural study of palladium clusters and high-nuclearity cage complexes.


Image taken from: C.A. Murray et al., Inorg. Chem., 2013, 52 (18), pp 10424–10430, DOI: 10.1021/ic401253q

My PhD was carried out under the supervision of Professors Howard Colquhoun and Christine Cardin (Chemistry, University of Reading) and Dr Dave Allan (beamline I19), where I carried out many crystallographic studies of molecular tweezers and their complexes, resulting in a number of publications.

I am also actively involved in outreach activites with Diamond and the British Crystallographic Association, promoting science and crystallography to the public. I am co-leading Project M, a citizen science project for secondary school students exploring the different crystal forms of calcium carbonate.






Publications - +


A full list of my publications from work carried out at Diamond are presented in the side bar.

Publications arising from my PhD include:

1. C.A. Murray, C.J. Cardin, B.W. Greenland, A. Swift and H.M. Colquhoun, Pairwise Assembly of Organopalladium(II) Units with Cyanurato(3−) and Trithiocyanurato(3−) Ligands: Formation of Chiral Pd12, Pd10, and Pd9 Cage-Molecules, Inorg. Chem., 2013, 52 (18), pp 10424–10430, DOI: 10.1021/ic401253q

2. D.M. Wood et al., pH-Tunable Hydrogelators for Water Purification: Structural Optimisation and Evaluation, Chem. Eur. J., 2012, 18 (9), pp 2692–2699, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201102137

3. Z. Zhu et al., Conformational Modulation of Sequence Recognition in Synthetic Macromolecules, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133 (48), pp 19442–19447, DOI: 10.1021/ja2067115

4. R. Vaiyapuri et al., Pyrene-Modified Quartz Crystal Microbalance for the Detection of Polynitroaromatic Compounds, Anal. Chem., 2011, 83 (16), pp 6208–6214, DOI: 10.1021/ac200755c