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 am a Junior Research Fellow with Clare College at the University of Cambridge, working in the group of Prof Clare Grey in the Chemistry Department. My research is focussed on harnessing large data to predict new structure-property relationships, and utilises experimental, structural and ab initio theoretical databases to do so.

YC-VChair
MATTHEW DUNSTAN
mtd33@cam.ac.uk
(University of Cambridge)

SECRETARY/TREASURER

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

I’m currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool. 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@liverpool.ac.uk
(University of Liverpool)

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

YC-BSG
NATALIE TATUM
Natalie.Tatum@newcastle.ac.uk
(University of Newcastle)

I completed my PhD in 2015 at Durham University with Dr. Ehmke Pohl, using virtual screening approaches to identify novel molecules for use against bacterial pathogens. I’m currently a post-doc in the Noble/Endicott group at Newcastle University. Based in the Northern Institute for Cancer Research, I’m working on challenging novel targets for drug discovery and we typically use fragment-based approaches with a strong emphasis on biophysical assay development and structural characterisation.

CCG REPRESENTATIVE

YC-SEC
CLAIRE HOBDAY
c.l.hobday@bath.ac.uk
(University of Bath)

I completed my PhD in 2017 at University of Edinburgh, where my work focused on exploring the flexibility of MOFs using high-pressure crystallography & classical and quantum mechanic methods. I’m currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bath. My work entails using computational methods to understand flexibility and selectivity in porous materials.


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
JAMES CRUMBY
james.cumby@ed.ac.uk
(University of Edinburgh)

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh, in both the Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions (CSEC) and the School of Chemistry. I am interested in developing new oxide materials showing complex electronic properties (such as magnetism) and characterising these using both neutron and X-ray diffraction techniques.

YC-ODR
LUCY MAPP
L.Mapp@soton.ac.uk
(University of Southampton)

I’m a final year PhD student joint between the University of Southampton and the A*STAR Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, Singapore. My research involves multicomponent materials, mostly co-crystals but also salts and hybrid materials, looking particularly at molecules with limited or minimal hydrogen bonding functionality. I use charge density studies to investigate the nature of the bonding and interactions, relate structure to properties and how co-former molecules affect the parent compound electronics.
I’m also very interested and involved in outreach events – both organising and participating in. I love to hear ideas anyone has for new / different events, however abstract they are – I like a challenge!

YC-ODR
MATT REEVES
M.Reeves@ed.ac.uk
(University of Edinburgh)

I’m a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh working in collaboration with the CCDC. My current work focusses on producing automated methods to improve and add to the information available for metal organic entries within the Cambridge Structural Database. In addition to this I am looking at using computational methods to investigate molecular interaction energies within crystal structures and their influence on chemical and physical properties.

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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