What is your PhD project at Diamond?
My PhD project is joint with Diamond Light Source and the Wilson Group at the University of Bath. It is a physical chemistry project and involves method development for using single crystal synchrotron X-ray diffraction (on Diamond’s I19 beamline) to image the evolution of hydrogen bonds in solid state systems, where laboratory X-ray sources and neutron sources have previously been used. The systems I study are organic, usually made up of one or more components, and have interesting hydrogen atom behaviour under external stimuli such as heat.
What are your plans for after your studentship?
I still have quite a few years left of my PhD but after my studentship I would like to stay within the field of science working either in industry or in science promotion/communication such as at the RSC or at a publishing house.
Would you recommend a Diamond studentship to others?
I would highly recommend a Diamond studentship to others due to the access to brilliant facilities, such as the beamlines and those at the RCaH, the opportunities for training at Diamond and possibilities to present work, as well as the increased PhD funding offered over just a university based PhD, which is important if you want to be able to go on international conferences and training schools. I have particularly enjoyed the social aspects at Diamond where I meet new people daily around the ring, just from getting a cup of tea, and by getting involved in the sports offered on site including joining the Diamond rounder’s team.