The Committee


CHAIR

To represent the interests at the young crystallographers’ to the wider community.

I am a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Hough group at the University of Essex working on developing room temperature serial X-ray crystallography to investigate the reaction mechanisms of metallo-proteins through the production of dynamic reaction mechanism movies.

Sam Horrell
SAM HORRELL
shorrell@essex.ac.uk
(University of Essex)

DEPUTY CHAIR

Supporting the chair in representing the membership and engaging with the public.

I’m a DPhil student (basically a PhD student but Oxford has a weird alternative name for everything) in the Garman group at the University of Oxford. My research focusses on quantifying the progression of radiation damage in protein crystallography experiments with a view to correcting data that has been altered due to the damage.

YC-VChair
JONATHAN BROOKS-BARTLETT
jonathan.brooks-bartlett@oriel.ox.ac.uk
(University of Oxford)

SECRETARY/TREASURER

Helping the YCG run smoothly in both communication and monetary matters.

I’m currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield. My work focuses on using in situ single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction to study the structural changes occurring to porous materials when exposed to a range of external stimuli. This includes gas atmospheres, high hydrostatic pressures and a wide range of temperatures.

Elliot_Carrington
ELLIOT CARRINGTON
elliot.carrington@sheffield.ac.uk
(University of Sheffield)

WEBMASTER

Maintaining the website of the Young Crystallographers’ group.

Currently a PhD student with the Moggach group in Edinburgh and I am also half funded by Diamond Light Source, I19. I do a lot of work with high pressure framework materials but I am really interested in all non ambient crystallography. My main project has been to design and build new pressure cell to allow molecular and functional materials to be investigated within a pressure and temperature range currently unavailable. I hope that its will be available to users at I19 very soon so watch this space!

Charlie McMonagle
CHARLIE MCMONAGLE
c.j.mcmonagle@ed.ac.uk
(University of Edinburgh)

GROUP REPRESENTATIVES

Represent the Young Crystallographers’ on the committees of the other special interest groups of the BCA.

BSG REPRESENTATIVE

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ADAM CRAWSHAW
adam.crawshaw@newcastle.ac.uk
(University of Newcastle)

I’m a PhD student in the Salgado group at the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences, Newcastle University. My PhD focuses on the biophysical and structural characterisation of proteins involved in Clostridium difficile pathogenicity, particularly in sporulation and cell motility. My studentship has also included a 3 month placement at Diamond Light Source as part of the VMXm group working on method development.

CCG REPRESENTATIVE

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CLAIRE HOBDAY
c.hobday@ed.ac.uk
(University of Edinburgh)

I am a PhD student in the Moggach group at the University of Edinburgh. The aim of my research is to explore the flexibility and energy landscape of MOFs. Using high pressure crystallography we can experimentally explore the structure of MOFs. This can be complimented with computational analysis such as using solid state quantum mechanics to calculate the energy barriers associated with the rotation of linkers in the frameworks and carrying out GCMC simulations of adsorption of guests into the framework.


IG REPRESENTATIVE

Alex
ALEX COUSEN
A.J.P.Cousen@bath.ac.uk
(University of Bath)

I’m a PhD researcher at the University of Bath, working in Bath Continuous Crystallisation Laboratory as part of the EPSRC National Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation (CMAC). My research aims to develop multi-component complexes (co-crystals, salts, etc.) for physical property optimisation, explore different crystallisation methods for their selectivity towards polymorphic and stoichiometric multi-component systems and to drive the production of multi-component materials into continuous crystallisation technologies.

PCG REPRESENTATIVE

Charlotte Kirk
CHARLOTTE KIRK
charlotte.kirk@new.ox.ac.uk
(University of Oxford)

I am a PhD student at the University of Oxford working in the David group. I am currently looking at light metal amides as potential ammonia decomposition catalysts. The catalytic cracking of ammonia enables us to access the intrinsic hydrogen content, which has the potential to play a significant role in sustainable energy storage applications.


ORDINARY MEMBERS

Assisting the committee to ensure the success of the Young Crystallographers’ group.

YC-ODR
GILES FLOWIT-HILL
giles.flowitt-hill@stfc.ac.uk
(University of Edinburgh,
Rutherford Appleton Laboratories)

I am currently researching for a PhD co-funded by the University of Edinburgh (Parsons Group) and the ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source (Tucker Group). My PhD focusses on the use of total scattering and reverse Monte Carlo modelling for investigating molecular compounds; in particular the changes in short range order observable in the lead up to phase transitions, defect structures and characterisation of pharmaceutically interesting molecules in their amorphous form.

YC-ODR
NATALIE JOHNSON
N.Johnson5@newcastle.ac.uk
(University of Newcastle)

I am a PhD student at Newcastle University, currently working on improving methodologies for charge density data acquisition and processing, with the aim of enhancing the quality and reliability of experimental electron density calculations. I am also interested in data security and writing code to automate file processing.

YC-ODR
LUCY SAUNDERS
lks31@bath.ac.uk
(University of Bath)

I am a second year PhD student in the Wilson Group at the University of Bath and on I19 at the Diamond Light Source. My research involves synchrotron studies of variable temperature proton migration/transfer molecular complexes and I have been a crystallographer since the third year of my undergraduate.

Genevieve Baker
GENEVIEVE BAKER
genevieve.baker@bristol.ac.uk
(University of Bristol)

I’m a final year PhD student in the Race group at the University of Bristol. At present my research is focused on the structural characterisation of mega-enzymes involved in natural product biosynthesis. I am particularly interested in elucidating the catalytic mechanism of these enzymes at a molecular level. My PhD scholarship included a 3 month placement at Diamond Light Source on beamline I24.

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