The Committee


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

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.

(University of Liverpool)


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.

(University of Cambridge)


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

I am currently working at The University of Sheffield on designing porous materials where the pore space is sustained through the exploitation of inefficient packing as well as using intermolecular interactions to propagate and sustain the pore spaces. A large proportion of this work involves perturbing crystalline materials with temperature or pressure to determine the materials’ response to external stimuli.

(University of Sheffield)


Maintaining the website of the Young Crystallographers’ group.

I’m currently a post-doctoral researcher at Newcastle University, working on new developments for the XIPHOS diffraction facility for extreme sample conditions. Here we can cool to very low temperatures and combine this with extreme pressures to investigate new and magnetically interesting materials using in situ single crystal X-ray diffraction. Previously I was a joint PhD student at the University of Edinburgh as part of the Moggach group, and the Diamond Light Source beamline I19.

(Newcastle University)


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


(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.


(University of Oxford)

I am a Glasstone Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, working with the group of Andrew Goodwin in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. My research looks at the crystallization of metal-organic frameworks, with a view to being able to design new materials, and I use crystallography to test how their structures respond to heating, pressure and electricity.


(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!


(University of Oxford)

I am currently a PhD student at the University of Oxford, working in the Chemical Crystallography Group with Richard Cooper, in collaboration with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. My current research focuses on new approaches for studying air sensitive hydride materials by neutron diffraction. I am also interested in distinguishing disorder in a variety of systems using ab initio computational methods.


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

(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.

(University of Oxford)

I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at the University of Oxford. My work is focussed on biochemical and structural analysis, including X-ray crystallography, to gain an insight and eventually develop drugs against a novel target in rare cancers. I have previously worked for 2 years with X-ray crystallography to determine the structures of a range of enzymes involved in bacterial lignin degradation.

(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.

(University of Sheffield)

I’m currently a first year joint PhD student at The University of Sheffield and Diamond Light Source. My research looks at flexible metal-organic frameworks and the structural responses these materials exhibit when exposed to different gaseous environments. I will also be developing new instrumentation at beamlines I11 and I19 at Diamond Light Source capable of performing concerted in situ X-ray diffraction and volumetric gas adsorption measurements.

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