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Dr Adrian Mancuso, a well-known figure and leading scientist in the light sources’ community has been appointed as the new Physical Science Director for the UK’s national synchrotron, Diamond Light Source.
Dr Mancuso has joined Diamond today from the European XFEL facility, the world’s largest X-ray laser located in the Hamburg metropolitan area, where he has held the position of Group Leader and Leading Scientist for the Single Particles, Clusters, and Biomolecules & Serial Femtosecond Crystallography (SPB/SFX) instrument Group since 2010.
As Physical Science Director, Adrian will be responsible for overall strategic leadership, direction and management of Diamond’s Physical Science Division.
Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Chairman of the Board of Directors says;
We are delighted to have Adrian join our team with the wealth of experience he brings to the organisation. He not only has extensive scientific leadership, but also hands-on knowledge of the pressure to deliver complex experiments for users. As a physicist, his input into the Diamond Executive will be key and his strong interest in technology development and science strategy will be invaluable moving into the detailed planning for Diamond-II.
Adrian already has a strong connection with Diamond, having served as a member of its Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) for over three years, contributing along with other members of science facilities worldwide to inform on the technical and scientific questions impacting the specification, design, commissioning and operation of Diamond. He also holds an adjunct Professorship in the Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at La Trobe University, Australia.
Commenting on his new role; Dr Adrian Mancuso states;
I’m really looking forward to being at the helm of physical sciences and contributing to the fantastic work that Diamond, and the outstanding people at Diamond, deliver. This is an exciting and opportune time to join–especially with Diamond-II just around the corner. The brighter light of Diamond-II will offer the scientific community in academia and industry a plethora of new opportunities to perform science that informs our society. In physical sciences, that means new avenues of research into the structure of everything from batteries to energy technologies, to new materials.
Prior to joining EuXFEL, Adrian undertook post-doctoral positions at the University of California (Department of Physics and Astronomy) and the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, having achieved his PhD in Physics from the University of Melbourne in Australia. His areas of expertise include imaging using spatially coherent X-rays as well as the simulation and modelling of experiments using appropriately detailed physical models.
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