Applied X-ray spectroscopy

New paper in press – Ga:In2O3

Finally, this beast of a paper has been accepted and is currently in press. You can already find the accepted manuscript on the Elsevier website. After a long review process I am very relieved that this is finally done. Now waiting for the proof and then the final version will hopefully be available soon. But with 19 figures and the current manuscript having a whopping 51 pages this might take a moment or two.


PhD studentship available

Our group has a fully funded 3-year PhD studentship in “High-pressure Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Solar Water Splitting Materials” available to start in October 2015. It’s open to all UK/EU students who meet the EPSRC residency criteria.Payne Studentships Ad 2015

The full advert can be found on the group website For any further information please contact Dr David Payne (d.payne – at –

Pyrochlore Beauty

Since moving to Imperial in January I’ve gotten involved in a project on pyrochlores. To be more specific the “species” of interest is Pb2Ir2O6O’. Besides the fact that I seem to end up working with toxic chemicals wherever I go this is actually a structure of beauty. During my initial literature search I decided to play with the ONE reference structure on the ICSD and out came the picture below. It’s a view of the [111] face of said pyrochlore with the atom colours changed. I thought this is too pretty not to share. Now we’ll see how well the synthesis goes. Watch this space!


New Academic Home

With the new year comes a new job. Today is day 2 at my new academic home, the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. As I described it earlier today: I have an ID card and a lab coat, and my email account works. All sorted.

To all the exciting times to come!

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The Lego scientists are here

A lot has been written about this group of ladies over the past weeks – and rightfully so. I couldn’t resist buying one and was lucky enough to get my order in before they ran out of stock. I think the best bit about it is the detail – the T-Rex is a lot of fun to build and obviously I adore the chemist. So, go Lego! And let’s hope we see more science related sets soon.