What was your PhD project at Diamond?
The title of my PhD project was 'Rheo-SAS from Soft Materials' and it was in conjunction with Diamond, ISIS and Reading University. The primary aim of this research was to investigate the influence of shear on the structure of a variety of soft materials including amphiphilic polymers, peptides, proteins and liquid crystals.
What have you gone on to do after your studentship?
After the completion of my PhD I moved out to Grenoble to begin a knowledge transfer postdoc on surface scattering. The first half of which was on XMaS (BM28) at the ESRF where I learned all about surface scattering techniques, including Grazing Incidence Small Angle Scattering, Grazing Incidence Diffraction and Reflectometry. The knowledge gained from XMaS was then transferred to I07 at Diamond where I mostly worked on GISAXS.
Currently I am working as a postdoc on ID09b at the ESRF which is a time resolved beamline. My main area of research is combined with polypeptide folding, so combines using lasers to initiate disulfide bond cleavage, solvent heating and secondary structure movement, then using X-ray scattering techniques to watch the polypeptide ‘refold’.
Would you recommend a Diamond studentship to others?
Yes I would, it provides a unique opportunity into the synchrotron world and allows access to beamlines. In turn you also learn how the beamlines are run, realising just how much work is put into these remarkable machines.