Nick Terrill is the Principal Beamline Scientist responsible for I22 and the Offline SAXS Instrument, DL-SAXS. Nick joined Diamond in 2002 after several years working on the SRS at Daresbury. His m...Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cate's project seeks to develop new microfluidic devices to enable testing of a range of polymeric materials under extensional flow with a focus on understanding the response of a new class of polymers, termed ‘aquamelts’ to imposed stress fields. By introducing this capability we envisage further insight into these material’s solidification pathway and structure development during flow, paving the way for both fundamental understanding and practical application development of this new class of materials.
The project will aid the ongoing development of both mapping and time resolved aspects of the microfocus capability on I22. It will stretch the new software and infrastructure aspects of the beamline and will be in prime position to exploit the new BCO upgrade utilising the variable beamsize capability to explore the flow characteristics of this exciting class of materials.
Any sample environments developed during the course of the project will be made available to the wider SAXS community at the conclusion of the project.
Lisa's project is to identify and develop a methodology to distinguish the morphology of supported metal oxides using SAXS as a primary analytical technique. Supported metal oxides are essential catalytic components in automotive after-treatment technologies. In response to growing health concerns, and as a result of recent scandals regarding vehicle emissions testing, European governments have greatly accelerated tightening measures through legislation by introducing “Real Driving Emissions” testing. This has led to a pressing need to understand and improve after-treatment catalysts for the market, with the ultimate goal of reducing harmful vehicle emissions and improving quality of life. Characteristics of the supported metal oxide have a marked effect on catalytic performance; these characteristics, however, prove challenging to identify due to the complex nature of this class of materials.
Tayyaba’s project seeks to develop and apply advanced 3D SAXS tensor tomography at beamline I22 to create a unique capability that will significantly extend our characterisation expertise and open new avenues of research to better understand the behaviour of natural materials. Ultimately, we aim to make use of existing materials and create novel and superior products. Additionally, this project will serve as a basis for new science exploitation leading towards Diamond II and the projected low emittance properties of the new ring.
Josh's project is aimed at developing 3D nanostructured semiconductors. This is an established route to entirely new functional capabilities such as enhanced optical, electronic, magnetic properties. A promising synthetic route for the preparation of these materials is electrochemical templating, where the material can be electrodeposited around or through a pre-existing soft template at the electrode surface. This project aims to exploit lyotropic liquid crystalline phases as soft templates to fabricate novel 3D nanostructured by cheap, low cost and scalable electrochemical routes. The semiconductor materials will have applications in solar cells, thermoelectric devices, LEDs and optoelectronic devices. It is anticipated that new opto-electronic behaviour will emerge from these novel nanostructures as they have been predicted to have large photonic and phononic bandgaps.
Jonathan’s project aims to develop an automated system to allow targeted block copolymer particle synthesis within a continuous flow regime by the altering of reaction conditions. By utilising in-situ SAXS to determine both particle size and morphology the fundamental effects of molecular weight, polymer block ratio and mixing parameters on the resulting particle will be investigated. A microfluidic cell allowing for synthesise to be followed via in-situ SAXS at different residence times will be used to determine the critical residence time when self-assembly occurs and follow the evolution of the particle physical properties as the polymerisation progresses. The project will utilise both laboratory-based DL-SAXS and the synchrotron to allow comparison of the scattering pattern quality and determination of the required acquisition time for similar systems.
Paul Staniec (PDRA) - Now working at Culham, Oxfordshire
Marc Malfois (Beamline Scientist) - Now Beamline Responsible for the NCD Beamline at ALBA
Jennifer Hiller Bardsley (PDRA/Senior Support Scientist) - Now Research Development Manager (Health) at King's College London
Sarah Rogers (PDRA/Senior Support Scientist) - Now SANS Team Leader and the Instrument Responsible for Sans2d at ISIS-STFC
Claire Pizzey (Senior Support Scientist) - Now Deputy Head of the Industrial Liaison group at Diamond
Jonathan Rawle (PDRA) - Now Support Scientist on I07 at Diamond
Eleonore Mason, Univeristy of Bath (2019) - Nanomaterials for Membrane Protein Biology.
Andrew McCluskey, University of Bath (2019) - Delivered user-friendly software that can use coarse-grained modelling techniques to develop models for soft matter systems. Andrew has now joined the ESS to work as an Instrument Data Scientist after a period at Diamond producing software for the thin film community as a Data Analysis Scientist (Reflectivity)
Glen Smales, University College London (2018) - Hierarchically structured microporous materials from a variety of source materials. Glen is currently an instrument scientist at the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und prüfung in Berlin
Sam Richardson, University of Reading (2016) - Hard And Soft Nanomaterial Films. Sam is currently a Data Scientist at Satavia
Li Xi, Queen Mary University of London (2016) - Multiscale Structure and Mechanics of Bone in Glucocorticoid Induced Osteoporosis. Li is currently a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University on a project concerning High-energy X-ray diffraction and tomography study of microstructural evolution in stainless steels canisters used for dry storage of spent nuclear fuel
Angelo Karunaratne, Queen Mary University of London (2012) - Analysis of Alterations in Matrix Quality at Nanoscale in Metabolic Bone Diseases Using Synchrotron X-Ray Diffraction. After working in the Department of Bioengineering, Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College as a PDRA Angelo is currently back in Sri Lanka at the University of Moratuwa
Nesrine Chakroun, Kings College University of London (2011) - Early Steps of Prion Protein Oligomerization by Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Small-Angle X-ray Scattering. After continuing her studies as a PDRA in the Department of Biochemical Engineering at University College London Nesrine has recently recently joined the UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering as a post-doc at the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Emergent Macromolecular Therapies.
Gemma Newby, Reading University (2010) - Rheo-SAS from Soft Materials. After workin at the ESRF Gemma is currently a staff Scientist at Xenocs
Twilight Barnardo, Aberystwyth University (2010) - Time Resolved Anomalous Small Angle X-Ray Scattering of the Sol–Gel Process.
Lois Davidson, University of Leeds (2007) - The Formation and Transformation of Schwertmannite: Kinetics and the Effects of Toxic Trace Contaminants. Lois currently leads the International ESIA and Social Sustainability Team for AECOM.
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