Laila Al-Madhagi


 PhD student


Key Research Area

  1. Biography
  2. Scientific Interests
  3. Publications
Biography -

Laila is a PhD student, jointly funded by the University of Leeds and Diamond Light Source.  She started her placement in December 2015. Her research focuses on using different spectroscopic and scattering techniques to probe the structural evolution of organic solutes during crystallisation as well as  developing codes to automate the analysis of NEXAFS (near edge X-ray absorption fine structures) data.   

Scientific Interests - +
  • Studying the structural evolution of organic molecules during crystallization using X-ray Raman scattering (a hard X-ray spectroscopy technique) and X-ray pair distribution function. Understanding the crystallisation pathway is important in many chemical and pharmaceutical industries as it enables controlling the physical and chemical properties of the final crystalline product. 
  • Probing the solvation structure of organic solutes using FTIR, X-ray spectroscopy as well as neutron and X-ray scattering. The combination of different techniques helps validating the results of the study.
  • Development of semi-automatic/automatic analysis routines for X-ray absorption spectroscopy data. 
Publications - +

 L.H. Al-Madhagi, S-Y. Chang, M. Balasubramanian, A.B. Kroner, E.J. Shotton, E.A. Willneff, B. Mishra, S.L.M. Schroeder, X-ray Raman Scattering: A New in situ Probe of Molecular Structure During Nucleation and Crystallization from Liquid Solutions, Cryst Eng Comm (2018) DOI: 10.1039/c8ce009292e