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

Prof Neil Telling

Dr Marcus Newton


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



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

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


Tim Knowles

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


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


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: 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



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: 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.

Imad Ahmed

Dr Imad Ahmed

Research Fellow in Experimental Nanochemistry

Department of Earth Sciences

University of Oxford

South Parks Road

Oxford, OX1 3AN




My research interest falls in four key areas: (1) physicochemical interactions at the bio-nano interface, (2) relationship between nanostructure, bioavailability and their ultimate health implications, (3) development of chemical speciation sensors for environmental and industrial applications, and (4) the application of synchrotron radiation-based spectroscopy and scattering methods to problems in environmental chemistry, biogeochemistry and environmental health.


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.


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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