For the service my main responsibilities are the collecting, refining and solving of crystal structures. I am also involved in the basic day-to-day upkeep of the diffractometers and in the archiving of all the raw data which is collected.
I obtained my BSc (double honours) in Chemistry and Mathematics at the University of Southampton and then stayed on for my PhD, entitled 'An Investigation of Supramolecular Interactions in Some Electronically Active Organic and Organometallic Materials'. During my PhD, I became responsible for collecting and solving most of the crystal structures for the research group. In December 2001 I became a post doctoral research assistant for the EPSRC National Crystallography Service.
My main areas of interest are large supramolecular assemblies and studying the weaker hydrogen bond interactions.