The Committee


CHAIR

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

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.


TOM ROSEVEARE
[email protected]
(University of Sheffield)

DEPUTY CHAIR

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

I am currently a service crystallographer at the University of Bristol. My role involves helping to run the single crystal and powder X-ray crystallography service for the chemistry department, working with Dr Hazel Sparkes. The group’s research focusses primarily on examining processes that can be induced in the solid state, for example the photo [2+2] cycloaddition reactions of alkenes, thermo and photo chromism in anils and spin crossover materials.


NATALIE PRIDMORE
[email protected]
(University of Bristol)

SECRETARY/TREASURER

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

I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, working in data integrity. My main area of research is in the completeness of data within the Cambridge Structural Database – a database of 1 million small-molecule organic and metal organic crystal structures. I also explore ways to identify and investigate any fraudulent or plagiarised data within the database. Previously I was a PhD student at Newcastle University, investigating the reproducibility of charge density data refinements.


NATALIE JOHNSON
[email protected]
(CCDC)

EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY OFFICER

To promote equality and reduce discrimination within the YCG.

I am currently working towards my PhD in chemistry, funded by EPSRC, as part of the Materials for Energy and Electronics (MEE) group at the University of Kent. Under the supervision of Dr Paul Saines, my research focuses on the magnetic and ferroelectric properties/transitions of dense framework materials. We depend on both X-ray and Neutron diffraction/scattering to probe our materials’ atomic and magnetic structure to optimise performance for incorporation into devices.


THOMAS HITCHINGS
[email protected]
(University of Kent)

WEBMASTER

Maintaining the website of the Young Crystallographers’ group.

I am a PhD student, jointly funded by the University of Warwick and ISIS. My research focuses on investigating the structure-property relationships of functional materials such as ferroelectrics and superconductors, and I rely heavily on X-ray and neutron diffraction techniques to do so. I am also interested in investigating pressure tuning of the order-disorder behaviour in functional materials, such as BaTiO3, utilising total scattering methods on instruments such as PEARL, the high-pressure beamline at ISIS.


ANNA HERLIHY
[email protected]
(University of Warwick/ISIS Neutron and Muon Source)

GROUP REPRESENTATIVES

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

BSG REPRESENTATIVE

RACHAEL WILKINSON
[email protected]
(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.

CCG REPRESENTATIVE

STEPHEN DODSWORTH
[email protected]
(University of Sheffield)

I’m currently a 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.


IG REPRESENTATIVE


NATALIE JOHNSON
[email protected]
(CCDC)

I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, working in data integrity. My main area of research is in the completeness of data within the Cambridge Structural Database – a database of 1 million small-molecule organic and metal organic crystal structures. I also explore ways to identify and investigate any fraudulent or plagiarised data within the database. Previously I was a PhD student at Newcastle University, investigating the reproducibility of charge density data refinements.

PCG REPRESENTATIVE


ALI ABDELDAIM
[email protected]
(University of Birmingham/ISIS Neutron and Muon Source)

As a PhD student at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham with an ISIS facility development studentship, my project aims to examine the unexplored opportunities offered by metal-organic-frameworks (MOFs) in the materialization of exotic low-dimensional magnetic states. As such, I am currently investigating the design and preparation of the goal materials, while heavily focusing on central facility based techniques for the characterization.


ORDINARY MEMBERS

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


CHARLIE MCMONAGLE
[email protected]
(ESRF)

I’m currently the Postdoc on beamline BM01 at the ESRF. BM01 is one of the two Swiss Norwegian beamlines at ESRF and is a multi-purpose diffraction beamline specialising on small-molecule single-crystal diffraction. My research manly focuses on extreme conditions and in situ  technique development, with particular interest in high-pressures and ultra-low temperatures. Previously a Postdoc at Newcastle University with the Probert group and before that I completed my PhD at the University of Edinburgh and Diamond Light Source as part of the Moggach group.


DASHNOR BEQIRI
[email protected] ac.uk
(University of Warwick)

I am a second year PhD student at the University of Warwick based at the Materials and Analytical Sciences centre as part of the Chemistry department. I joined the Senn group in December 2019 and my research focuses on tuning the composition and tolerance factor of n=1 and n=2 Ruddlesden-Popper phases to optimise thermoelectric transport in these materials. I am currently investigating the evolution of the Negative Thermal Expansion in n=1 RP phases across a wide range of temperatures which will aid us in selecting the most optimal material for transport.

 


LEE BIRCHALL
[email protected]
(University of Kent)

I am currently a second year PhD student in the Shepherd group at the University of Kent and my work focuses on the development and investigation of novel spin-crossover materials. Single crystal X-ray diffraction is an important part of my research and variable temperature measurements allow me to gain insight into the interesting structure-property relationships of the materials that I work with.


REBECCA CLULOW
[email protected]
(Uppsala University)

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at Uppsala University, my research predominantly focuses on magnetic materials, their synthesis, crystal structure and properties. Crystallography and diffraction are always at the core of our research where we aim to use structure-property relationships to design greener and more sustainable materials. Prior to my current post, I completed my PhD at the University of St Andrews under the supervision of Prof. Philip Lightfoot, specialising in crystallography and functional materials.

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