I specialise in applying x-ray scattering and spectroscopy to the study of materials and joined the University of Warwick in 2006. I obtained my Ph. D. from the University of Durham for the studies of thin metallic films using x-ray reflectivity. During my subsequent post-doctoral studies I developed soft x-ray scattering for the study of magnetic materials with particular emphasis on the nature of the interface structure and its correlation with observed magnetic properties.
My research interests span a wide range of materials from amorphous metals to single crystals as well as the structure of soft matter. However, magnetic materials and thin films in particular have remained my prime research focus. My recent work has included the development of medium energy x-ray scattering as well as developing new experimental strategies to explore patterned materials. I work closely with the department of materials at the University of Uppsala and conduct much of my research at central facilities including ESRF, NSLS, APS, ISIS, Diamond and BESSY.
I am one of the co-directors of the XMaS beamline located at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, France which is a multi-disciplinary materials science facility funded directly by the UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council. He currently chairs the DIAMOND user committee, is one of the UK representatives to the European Synchrotron Users Organisation (ESUO) and is a member of the DIAMOND Science Advisory Committee. I have previously sat on facility access panels for the ESRF, ISIS and Daresbury and am a committee member of the British Standards Institution.
I have a strong interest in pedagogical development and in enhancing teaching at a tertiary level and am a member of the Institute of Physics Higher Education Group. At Warwick I am director of the 1st year laboratory as well as first year undergraduate studies co-ordinator.
Nature Comms. (2016) 7 11931 DOI:10.1038/ncomms11931
Appl. Phys. Lett. (2016) 108(17) 172412 DOI: 10.1063/1.4948466
J. Sync. Rad .(2015) 22 1426-1439 DOI: 10.1107/S1600577515016148
Rev. Sci. Instr. (2015) 86(10) 103901 DOI: 10.1063/1.4931992
Materials Today (2015) 18 356 DOI:10.1016/j.mattod.2015.07.003
Appl. Phys. Lett. (2015) 107 062403. DOI: 10.1063/1.4928632