Jeppe Christensen

NCS role

As part of the service team I am primarily involved in providing the synchrotron component of the National Service using beamline I19. I’m based at Diamond Light Source with close links to Southampton.


I obtained my Cand. Scient (M. Sc.) in Materials Chemistry and  Physics from Aarhus University, Denmark, in 2002 investigating new thermoelectric materials in the group of Prof. Bo Iversen. I then moved to Stockholm University Sweden, where I worked with Prof. Sven Hovmoller and Prof. Xiaodong Zou. I completed my Licentiate studying Quasi-crystal Approximants with electron and X-ray diffraction in 2004. I continued to study for my Ph.D in the group of Prof. Sven Lidin and completed my thesis on Non-standard Crystallography in 2007 investigating commensurately and incommensurately modulated phases. I stayed in Stockholm until autumn 2008, continuing my research and lecturing Inorganic Chemistry.

2008 – 2009 I was postdoctoral researcher at University of Warwick, in the group of Prof. Pam Thomas, working on multiferroics.

2009 - 2011 I worked as principal beamline scientist on the small molecule single crystal and powder diffraction beamline at the Swedish synchrotron facility MAXlab in Lund. During this time I managed a major upgrade of the beamline to house a new four-circle kappa diffractometer.

2011- 2015 I worked as research associate at University of Bath in the group of Prof. Paul Raithby. Stationed in The Research Complex at Harwell at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, I was part of the Dynamic Structural Science Consortium. My main responsibilities were developing and implementing methods for time resolved pump-probe diffraction experiments.


My research interests are in non-standard crystallography, studying non-periodic phenomena such as commensurate and incommensurate modulation, but also looking at materials under external influence such as pressure, temperature, gasses, or light.