Science Group



Macromolecular Crystallography

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

Dr Arnaud Basle

Dr David Briggs

Soft Condensed Matter

I22, B23, B22, B21

Dr Tim Knowles

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 Andrew Thomas


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

Prof Andrea Russell

Dr Imad Ahmed

Biological Cryo-Imaging

eBIC, B24, Cryo-Fluorescence microscopy

Dr Sean Connell

Dr Jamie Blaza

Imaging and Microscopy

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

Prof Neil Telling

Dr Marcus Newton


  1. Macromolecular Crystallography
  2. Soft Condensed Matter
  3. Imaging and Microscopy
  4. Crystallography
  5. Structures and Surfaces
  6. Spectroscopy
  7. Biological Cryo-Imaging
  8. Magnetic Materials
Macromolecular Crystallography -

Macromolecular Crystallography: Science Group Representatives

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



Dr Arnaud Basle
X-ray facilities manager
Newcastle Structural Biology Laboratory
University of Newcastle   
Medical School
Framlington place
NE2 4HH Newcastle upon tyne


Manager of X-ray facilities at Newcastle University.
Research interest include:

  • Software development
  • Metal homeostasis and storage
  • Carbohydrates binding proteins and modifying enzymes
  • Crystallization techniques


Soft Condensed Matter - +

Soft Condensed Matter: Science Group representatives

Related beamlines: I22, B23, B22, B21





Dr. Tim Knowles
Lecturer in Biophysics
School of Biosciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
Tel. +44(0)121 414 5881


Research interests include:
  • Elucidation of the mechanisms of outer membrane protein folding in Gram-negative bacteria
  • Understanding Gram-negative lipid transport mechanisms.
Techniques include
  • Small angle scattering, reflectometry, NMR, Electron microscopy, X-ray crystallography



Imaging and Microscopy - +

Imaging and Microscopy: Science Group Representatives

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

Prof Neil Telling
Professor of Biomedical NanoPhysics
Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine
Keele University
Tel: +44 (0) 1782 674968
Research interests include:
  • X-ray spectromicroscopy studies of metals in brain tissue related to neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Magnetic spectroscopy studies on biogenic and synthetic nanoscale magentic structures.
  • Preparation and applications of magnetic nanoparticles for applications in biomedicine. 
  • X-ray reflectivity and magnetic scattering from thin film structures.
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 - +

Crystallography: Science Group Representatives

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





Dr Ann Chippindale

Department of Chemistry

University of Reading


Reading RG6 6AD



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.



Structures and Surfaces - +

Structures and Surfaces: Science Group Representatives

Related beamlines: I05, B07, I07, I09

Dr Andrew Thomas
Research Fellow
School of Materials  & Photon Science Institute,
The University of Manchester,
Oxford Road,
Manchester M13 9PL.
My research primarily utilizes X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to study surface chemistry and electronic structure of a wide range of materials, and covering a number of applications. Recently it has focused on understanding surface reactions under (near) ambient conditions using Near-Ambient Pressure XPS and broadband vibrational sum-frequency spectroscopy.
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 - +

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.


Biological Cryo-Imaging - +

Biological Cryo-Imaging: Science Group Representatives

 Related beamline: B24, eBIC, Cryo-Fluorescence Microscopy




Dr Sean Connell
Sean Connell, PhD
Parque Tecnológico de Vizcaya, Ed. 800
48160 Derio


The main aim of my group is to understand molecular events that drive ribosomal subunit biogenesis, and understand the mechanism of action of antibiotics and natural inhibitors of protein synthesis. The underpinning theme is to contribute a structural understanding of reaction mechanisms using cryo-EM to answer not only essential biological questions but drive drug development and/or biotechnology applications.



Magnetic Materials - +

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.



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