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Research interests

Research interests encompass a variety of topics in Structural Materials Chemistry and Crystallisation Science, with a wide range of collaborators and funding sources;.

Among current topics of interest are:

  • Development of Metastable state materials (£4M EPSRC Programme Award)
  • Crystallisation science, including continuous crystallisation for manufacturing, polymorphism and nucleation (founding member and partner in £80M CMAC EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hub for Continuous Manufacturing and Advanced Crystallisation)
  • Sustainable materials and processes in Manufacturing (linked with CSCT, the £25M Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies)
  • Self-assembly and templating control of solid form including polymorphism and multi-component materials
  • Hydrogen bonding, proton migration & transfer, structural evolution and phase transitions in organic materials; engineering molecular materials for optimised physical properties
  • Co-crystallisation as a route to new materials and for enhanced physical properties, including optical, electronic, solubility and mechanical properties
  • Disorder in molecular materials, including local structure and defects

Research is carried out with a wide range of academic and industrial collaborators locally, nationally and internationally, including major collaborations in crystallisation science (CMAC Future Manufacturing Hub; 7 HEIs, 7 Tier-1 Industrial Partners), metastable materials (M4 EPSRC Programme Award; Bath), Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, CSCT; Bath), Dynamic Structural Science (DySS consortium, Research Complex at Harwell), Directed Assembly (EPSRC Grand Challenge Network) and extensive use of synchrotron and neutron scattering facilities (ISIS Harwell, ILL Grenoble, Diamond Light Source).

Longstanding interests in the implications of policy for research, trying to bridge between policy and STEM research areas, and in bringing creativity approaches to enhance research.

External positions

Visiting Scientist, Diamond Light Source Ltd

2015 → …

Visiting Scientist, Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH)

2011 → …


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