Crystallography Group Instrument Scientists
23 Nov 2022



The team of Instrument Scientists within the ISIS Crystallography Group support the scientific user programmes on each instrument, develop new facilities and pursue their own research, often in collaboration with external academic and industrial groups.



Ivan da Silva

​Organic, organometallic and inorganic crystal structure solution; software development; instrumentation development; etc.

David Keen

Local structural complexity; total scattering methods; network silicates; negative thermal expansion; solid state amorphization; large molecule crystallography; etc.

H​​RPDDominic Fortes

Organic and inorganic crystal structure determination; phase transitions; Earth and planetary science; thermoelastic properties of rock-forming minerals; molecular ices; computational methods; etc.

I​​​NESAntonella Scherillo

Archaeometry; stress and strain determination; radiography/tomography methods; Nuclear Resonance Capture Analysis (NRCA) techniques; etc.​

PE​​ARLChristopher Ridley

High pressure crystallography at extreme temperatures, structure property relationships, pressure driven magnetic transitions, instrumentation development​.

Nick Funnell

High pressure powder and single crystal neutron diffraction;  structural changes in molecular crystals induced by high pressure, etc.

Craig Bull​

High pressure crystallography; structure-property relationships in solid state materials (e.g. perovskite-related systems); pressure cell developments, etc

Silvia Capelli

Single crystal diffraction; molecular crystallography; hybrid organic-inorganic materials; development of in-situ methods; etc.

Matthias Gutmann

Single crystal diffraction; diffuse scattering from disordered crystals; software development; complementary DFT calculations; etc.

Ron Smith

Solid state chemistry and electrochemistry; novel powder diffraction methods (e.g. small samples); in-situ microwave synthesis, etc.

Steve Hull

Structure-property relationships within solids possessing high ionic conductivities; 'Model' superionic compounds (e.g. F–, Ag+ and Cu+ conductors); H+ and O2- conductors for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell applications. Li+ conductors for potential use as electrodes and electrolytes in lithium batteries.

Helen Playford

Disordered crystalline materials; pair distribution function analysis; Reverse Monte Carlo refinements; functional materials; hydrothermal synthesis; microwave heating; etc.

Paul Henry

Neutron instrumentation; in-situ sample environment developments; neutron powder diffraction studies of hydrogenous materials; proton  conductors; etc.​


Pascal Manuel

Structural studies of complex magnetic materials; strongly correlated electron systems; high pressure developments; data analysis software; etc

Dmitry Khalyavin

Phase transitions in solids, with a particular focus on magnetic materials; multiferroic systems, Landau theory; etc.

​​Fabio Orlandi

Structure-property relationships in solid state materials; phase transitions in perovskite structured oxides; etc.​​