Mark Light

NCS role

In addition to my departmental duties I supervise the technical operation and maintenance of the National Service equipment base and contribute expertise to challenging areas such as twinning, disorder and non-standard experiments.


Mark obtained a BSc in applied geochemistry from the University of Greenwich in 1994 before going to study for a PhD with Mike Hursthouse in Cardiff. On completion of his thesis he moved, with the EPSRC Crystallography Service, to the University of Southampton to work as a postdoc. In October of 2004 he took up his current Experimental Officer post as X-ray Diffraction Manager. Amongst other responsibilities he now runs the departmental X-ray diffraction service, maintains the current tally of  4 powder and single crystal diffractometers, organises in-house diffraction training and contributes to many of the School’s research projects.