Lead researcher

Professor Ian Sinclair

Professor of Engineering Materials
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Other researchers

Professor Simon Coles

Professor of Structural Chemistry

Research interests

  • The work we do is highly collaborative and multidisciplinary and can broadly be split into three overlapping themes:
  • 1) National Crystallography Service (NCS, & Physical Sciences Data-science Service (PSDS, These national centres provide centralised facilities for UK researchers at a level that is beyond that achievable in any single institution. The NCS provides data collection and crystal structure analysis for the UK chemistry community. It also performs projects based on more advanced techniques, involving a dedicated team of experts employing cutting edge techniques and the use of very high-powered laboratory diffractometers or the UK synchrotron, Diamond. The PSDS provides national-level access to databases and is building infrastructure on top of these to drive and support data-driven approaches to scientific discovery.
  • 2) Structural Chemistry We have an interest in determining the mechanisms of solid-state reactions and transformations and use a variety of diffraction and physical characterisation methods for this. Other work focuses on discovering and investigating structure-property relationships, the determination of charge densities and their properties and 'value-added' quantum mechanical calculations to compute properties from crystal structures. We also collaborate with other disciplines in a number of areas such as macromolecular crystallography (Biology), crystal growth (biology) and CT imaging (Engineering).
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Professor Mark Spearing

Vice-President (Research & Enterprise)
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Professor Jeremy Frey

Professor of Physical Chemistry
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Emeritus Professor Mark Nixon

Research interests

  • My research interests are in image processing and computer vision.
  • I have helped to develop new techniques for static and moving shape extraction (both parametric and non-parametric) which have found application in automatic face and automatic gait recognition and in medical image analysis.
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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs

Daniel Bull, Joel Smethurst, Gerrit Meijer, Ian Sinclair, Fabrice Pierron, Tiina Roose, William Powrie & Glyn Bengough, 2022, Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 478(2257)
Type: article
Paul Elkington, Alexander Dickinson, Mark Mavrogordato, Daniel Spencer, Richard Gillams, Antonio De Grazia, Sebastian Rosini, Diana Garay Baquero, Laura Diment, Nitin Mahobia, Alexandra Mant, Tom Baynham & Hywel Morgan, 2021, Frontiers in Medical Technology, 3(664259), 1-11
Type: article
Erich Schoberl, C. Breite, Sebastian Rosini, Y. Swolfs, Mark Mavrogordato, Ian Sinclair & Mark Spearing, 2020, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies
Type: article
Alexander Marter, Charles Burson-Thomas, Alexander Dickinson, Kathryn Rankin, Mark Mavrogordato, Fabrice Pierron & Martin Browne, 2020, Materials, 13(18), 1-18
Type: article
Patricia Goggin, Elaine, Ming Li Ho, Helmut Gnaegi, Stuart Searle, Richard Oreffo & Philipp Schneider, 2020, Bone, 131
Type: review