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Our students are a key part of our team, conducting their own research projects using nanoprobe techniques.
Jess is a PhD student with a combined studentship between the University of Cambridge, Rolls Royce Plc, Diamond Light Source and ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. She completed an MChem at Cardiff university and now studies Metallurgy. She works on nickel single crystal superalloys, using the hard x-ray nanoprobe to look at lattice misfits between the two phases.
Research interests: diffraction, x-ray imaging, single crystal superalloys, crystallography
Hallam Greene is an undergraduate placement student, based at beamline I14. Under the supervision of Jessica Walker, he is investigating biomineralisation in coccolithophores, and calcite crystallisation, using the I14 hard X-ray nanoprobe. Before this placement year at Diamond, he completed 3 years of his undergraduate Chemistry degree at the University of Sheffield and undertook summer placements at the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre and in the group of Prof. Julia Weinstein.
Reham is a postgraduate researcher, currently based on beamline I14 at Diamond. Her PhD project is collaboration between the University of Leeds (School of Dentistry) and Diamond Light Source where her time during the project is split between the two institutions. Before moving to Leeds to start her PhD, she obtained an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Queen Mary, University of London. Reham’s project is focused on using X-ray techniques, mainly diffraction and tomography, to characterise enamel remineralisation with the use of a self-assembling peptide (SAP) which, hypothetically, acts as a scaffold for hydroxyapatite nucleation. At Diamond, she will be working on the development of an in situ sample environment for use on the Dual Imaging and Diffraction (DIAD) beamline in order to study enamel remineralisation under near-physiological conditions. As part of her PhD project, the liquid cell on the hard X-ray nanoprobe beamline (I14) will be used to investigate how the SAP induces mineral formation.
Research areas: Enamel, biomineralisation/remineralisation/regeneration, X-ray tomography, X-ray diffraction, self-assembling peptides, in situ characterisation
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