I have been a research crystallographer for my entire scientific career of over 30 years, during which time
I have authored or co-authored more than 220 publications in international scientific journals, with an h-index of 46.
The focus of my research has been to understand the structure-property relationships of key industrial and geological
materials with the aim of providing the basis for rationale materials design and understanding geological processes:
This research has been recognised by international and national awards, and professorships, and by industry in the form of
collaborations with instrument development companies. I have served the scientific community in professional societies,
as a journal editor for more than 20 years, and as a member of numerous review panels for national funding agencies and central facilities.
I am also very active in teaching crystallography, diffraction methods, elasticity theory, and scientific communication skills,
both in regular courses and as workshops and seminars.
- I have developed and established novel methods for single-crystal diffraction at extreme conditions in order to characterize
and understand the fundamental relationship between the atomic-scale structures and properties of materials.
The software that I have developed for diffractometer control and processing of data is distributed freely from this web site
and is in use by many research groups world-wide.
- I am applying elasticity theory to understand the properties of composite materials so as to develop a method of piezobarometry
to determine rock histories independent of chemical methods. This work is part of the
‘True Depths’ project led by Matteo Alvaro in Pavia.
- I have used diffraction methods in combination with Landau theory, symmetry-mode analysis, and a novel
topological forward-modelling technique that I have developed, to determine the structure-property relationships of
framework structures. These include the most abundant minerals in the Earth and the most important materials for electronics (perovskites)
and chemical engineering (zeolites and MOFs).