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​ Daniel Bowron is the leader of the ISIS Disordered Materials Group and supports the science programmes and technical development of GEM and SANDALS on ISIS Target Station 1, and NIMROD on Target Station 2. Prior to taking this role, he was the instrument scientist for SANDALS and the project scientist responsible for the development of the Near and InterMediate Range Order Diffractometer (NIMROD) [1].

Daniel’s research interests are focussed on understanding the atomic and mesoscale structure of liquids and glasses using neutron and/or X-ray radiation as the experimental probe, and computational methods to invert the experimental data into three-dimensional atomistic models. His expertise includes neutron and X-ray scattering, Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy and both classical and reverse Monte Carlo simulation methods. Illustrative examples of much of this research can be found in his review on using X-ray and neutron methods to investigate metal ion solvation and solution structure [2].

Amongst his currently active research projects, Daniel is involved in the development of wide Q-range neutron scattering methods for application to:

  1. Structural and kinetic studies of heterogeneous catalytic processe​s [3],
  2. The structure and behaviour of fluids in nanoscale confinement [4], and
  3. The atomistic details of the structure of micelles and in-solution self-assembly [5].


[1] NIMROD: The Near and InterMediate Range Order Diffractometer of the ISIS second target station, D.T.Bowron et al, Review of Scientific Instruments 81 033905 (2010)

[2] Using synchrotron X-ray and neutron methods to investigate structural aspects of metal ion solvation and solution structure: An approach using empirical potential structure refinement, Daniel T. Bowron and Sofia Diaz Moreno, Coordination Chemistry Reviews 277-278 2-14 (2014)

[3] Probing chemistry and kinetics of reactions in heterogeneous catalysts, Tristan G. A. Youngs, Haresh Manyar, Daniel T. Bowron, Lynn F. Gladden and Christopher Hardacre, Chemical Science 4 3484-3489 (2013)

[4] Anomalous Depletion of Pore-Confined Carbon Dioxide upon Cooling below the Bulk Triple Point: An In Situ Neutron Diffraction Study, K.L.Stefanopoulos, F.K.Katsaros, Th.A.Steriotis, A.A.Sapalidis, M.Thommes, D.T.Bowron and T.G.A.Youngs, Physical Review Letters 116 025502 (2016)

[5] Combining wide-angle and small-angle scattering to study colloids and self-assembly, Karen J. Edler and Daniel T. Bowron, Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science 20 227-234 (2015)