I got my first job in 1985 when I went to work for AEA technology at the Springfields laboratories near Preston. Here I learned all about powder diffraction and analysed all sorts of different nuclear and non-nuclear materials.
In 1990 I got onto the academic "Big Science" bandwagon where I went to work at Daresbury Laboratory in the synchrotron radiation department. For my first two years there I was employed by the chemistry department at Keele University, I was also a part-time student at Keele graduating with a M.Sc in chemistry in 1992. For the next three and a half years I was employed at Daresbury by the CCLRC. During my time at Daresbury I did a lot of work in collaboration with the Earth Sciences department at Manchester University.
In 1995 I left Daresbury to study for a PhD in chemistry at the finest university in the land with Dr. Paul Attfield. My research involved solid-state inorganic chemistry, my thesis was entitled "Structural Studies using synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction and other techniques", I graduated in 1999.
After my PhD I went to the south of France for seven months to work at the Universite Montpellier II. Whilst I was there I did a postdoc involving structure determination work on Li-ion battery materials, got a nice tan on the beach and spoke some very bad French.
After my return from France I spent a pretty awful year working at the second best university as a postdoc in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory with Dr. Peter Battle on giant magnetoresitance materials.
Now I am working at Manchester in a much better postdoc in the Earth Sciences department. I work for Prof. Richard Pattrick and Prof. David Vaughan using synchrotron radiation to study the structural evolution of transition metal sulphide mineral systems, just like old times! Here is my Earth Sciences home page.
Here is a list of my publications.
Here are some useful scientific links.
Loads of crystallographic software can be found here at the CCP14 site.
The background picture is of the great Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev, inventor of the periodic table.
The new DIAMOND synchrotron.