Science Group



Macromolecular Crystallography

MX, I23, I24, VMXi, VMXm, XFEL-hub, MPL

Dr Colin Levy

Dr David Briggs

Soft Condensed Matter

I22, B23, B22, B21

Dr Matthew Derry

Dr Arwen Tyler

Magnetic Materials

I06, I10, B16, I16, I21

Dr Kevin Edmonds

Dr Robin Perry


I11, I15, I15-1, I19

Dr Ann Chippindale

Dr Enrique Jimenez-Melero 

Structures and Surfaces

I05, B07, I07, I09

Dr Gavin Bell 

Dr Anna Regoutz


I18, I20-1, I20-2, B18,

Prof Andrea Russell

Dr Silvia Ramos-Perez

Biological Cryo-Imaging

eBIC, B24, Cryo-Fluorescence microscopy

Dr Natasha Lukoyanova

Dr Jamie Blaza

Imaging and Microscopy

I08, DIAD, I12, I13-1, I13-2, I14, ePSIC

Dr Alexander Lunt

Dr Marcus Newton


Students/Postdocs and Early Career representatives


Student Biological & Life  


Student Chemical & Physical Sciences

Miss Hayley Gilbert

Early Career/Postdocs Biological & Life Sciences

Dr Charlie Collingham

Early Career/Postdocs Physical & Chemical Sciences

Dr Reshma Rao


Macromolecular Crystallography: Science Group Representatives

Related beamline: MX, I23, I24, VMXi, VMXm, XFEL-Hub, MPL



Dr. Colin Levy

Senior Technical Specialist (XRD)

Manchester Institute of Biotechnology,

Faculty of Science & Engineering

The University of Manchester

David Briggs


Dr David Briggs
Senior Laboratory Research Scientist
Signalling and Structural Biology Lab
The Francis Crick Institute
1 Midland Road
NW1 1AT 



In charge of X-ray crystallography for McDonald group.

Interests include:

  • Extracellular mammalian protein structure determination
  • Drug design
  • Protein glycan interactions


  • X-ray Crystallography
  • Small angle X-ray scattering


Soft Condensed Matter: Science Group representatives

Related beamlines: I22, B23, B22, B21



Dr Matt Derry

Lecturer in Chemistry

Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Aston University


B4 7ET





Arwen Tyler

Dr. Arwen Tyler

University Academic Fellow (Assistant Professor US equivalent)

School of Food Science and Nutrition

University of Leeds

Leeds LS2 9JT



Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1423


Research interests include:

  • Membrane biophysics – lipid phase behavior and their interaction with biomolecules
  • Targeted and stimuli responsive nanocarriers
  • Dynamic structural transformations in soft matter using high pressure or pH


Techniques include: Static and time-resolved Small Angle X-ray/ Neutron Scattering, GI-SAS, cryo-TEM



Imaging and Microscopy: Science Group Representatives

Related beamlines: I08, I12, I13-1, I13-2, I14, ePSIC



Dr Alexander Lunt

Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering and Design

University of Bath

Bath, BA2 7AY



Dr Marcus Newton
Lecturer in Physics
Physics & Astronomy
University of Southampton
Southampton, SO17 1BJ

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7548

Research interests include:
  • Coherent X-ray Imaging.
  • Ultra-fast processes in strongly correlated materials.
  • Advanced materials for renewable energy applications.
  • Numerical Optimisation & Inverse Problems.
  • Software Development


Crystallography: Science Group Representatives

Related beamlines: I11, I15, I15-1, I19

Ann Chippendale

Dr Ann Chippindale

Department of Chemistry

University of Reading


Reading RG6 6AD



Tel: +44 (0) 118 3788448


Research interests include the synthesis of new inorganic materials, in particular cyanide-based frameworks and zeolite materials. Characterisation methods include X-ray and neutron diffraction and inelastic neutron scattering.

Enrique Jimenez-Molero

Dr. Enrique Jimenez-Melero

Senior Lecturer in Radiation Materials Science

Materials Performance Centre

Department of Materials

University of Manchester

Oxford Road

Manchester M13 9PL


Tel: +44 (0) 161 306 8590


Enrique's research focuses on understanding and predicting the phase stability, micromechanics, work hardenability, and radiation tolerance of complex (ultra-) high-strength steels and refractory alloys for structural applications in nuclear fission & fusion power plants, and also in the automotive and aerospace industries.

His group performs real-time synchrotron X-ray power diffraction under mechanical stresses and elevated temperatures, and also single crystal 3-D X-ray diffraction (3DXRD) experiments on polycrystalline materials. This synchrotron-based work is complemented with analytical electron microscopy, neutron scattering and positron annihilation spectroscopy. Their specific research on nuclear materials revolves around understanding the radiation-induced microstructural damage and its impact on the structural integrity of reactor components, together with radiation protection and the development of safe systems of work to produce, handle and test radioactive material.


Structures and Surfaces: Science Group Representatives

Related beamlines: I05, B07, I07, I09



DI Dr Anna Regoutz
Lecturer in Materials Chemistry

CAMS-UK Fellow
Department of Chemistry

University College London

20 Gordon Street

London WC1H 0AJ


Dr Gavin Bell

Department of Physics

University of Warwick






I work in materials physics and lead the Surface, Interface & Thin Film Group at Warwick. The focus of my research is the growth by molecular beam epitaxy of functional materials, applying the techniques of surface science to understand epitaxial crystal growth. The systems include topological and magnetic materials for spintronics, 2D materials like graphene and boron nitride, and surface-modified photocathode.



Spectroscopy: Science Group Representatives

Related beamlines: I18, I20-1, I20-2, B18,



Prof Andrea Russell

Professor of Physical Electrochemistry

School of Chemistry

University of Southampton


Southampton SO17 1BJ




My research focuses on electrocatalysis and electrode processes, using a wide range of spectroscopic and structural techniques to characterise electrode materials and the electrode/electrolyte interface. My group and I have made use of synchrotron sources throughout Europe and the USA.


As a member of the DUC, I am particularly interested in hearing from users regarding the development of facilities, sample environments, equipment, and data analysis codes. In my view the DUC should be the voice of the user community in helping to direct resources in collaboration with the science teams at Diamond.


Dr. Silvia Ramos

Head of Physics and Astronomy

Reader in Materials Physics

Division of Natural Sciences

Ingram Building

University of Kent
Canterbury CT2 7NH



Biological Cryo-Imaging: Science Group Representatives

 Related beamline: B24, eBIC, Cryo-Fluorescence Microscopy


Dr. Natasha Lukoyanova
EM facility coordinator
ISMB Birkbeck
Manager of ISMB BIrkbeck EM facility

Research interests include development of EM sample preparation techniques for multi-modal imaging, cellular cryo-ET, CLEM

Jamie Blaza

Dr Jamie Blaza

Lecturer in cryoEM

York Structural Biology Laboratory,

Department of Chemistry,

University of York



Tel: 01904 325887


Research techniques include:

  • CryoEM (historically single particle analysis, hopefully in the future tomography)
  • Developing better methods for cryoEM grid preparation
  • Membrane protein biochemistry

Research interests include:

  • Bacterial bioenergetics (tuberculosis, Gram-positive species)
  • Antibiotic action


Magnetic Materials: Science Group Representatives

Related beamlines: I06, I10, I16, B16, I21



Dr Kevin Edmonds

Associate Professor in Physics

School of Physics and Astronomy

University of Nottingham

Nottingham NG7 2RD



Tel: +44 115 8467058


My research focuses on the development of metallic and semiconducting thin film materials and devices, and the exploration of their electronic, spintronic and structural properties.

Robin Perry

Dr. Robin Perry

Principal Research Associate
London Centre for Nanotechnology and UCL Centre for Materials Discovery
UCL, London




My research interests include

  • Quantum materials: bulk properties and diffraction studies. Magnetically ordered states.
  • Transparent conducting properties. Transport measurements on new post transition metal oxides.
  • Crystal growth of complex materials. Techniques include floating zone, top seeded growth, flux growth and chemical vapour transport.
  • Uniaxial strain deformation in single crystals magnets.





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