Simon Coles

My role as Director is to ensure the smooth running of the facility, actively lead the team by example and seek new direction for service activities in order to maintain our position as a world-leading facility.


I obtained my BSc and PhD at the University of Wales, Cardiff in 1992 and 1997 respectively. My PhD was in structural systematics and molecular modelling, which I undertook whilst working for the National Crystallography Service (NCS). I then moved to a PDRA post with the Royal Institution, based at Daresbury, where I worked with a collaborative team to build the highly successful Small Molecule Single Crystal beamline, 9.8. In 1998 I moved to Southampton to establish a new laboratory and manage the NCS, which led to becoming the Operations Director in 2010.


My research interests are multi-discipiinary and I have successfully been awarded grants in the areas of Crystal Growth, Charge Density, Structural Systematics, Imaging, Information Management, eResearch and eLearning. I have served on a number British Crystallography Association committee positions and am currently on the journal editorial boards of Supramolecular Chemistry, Journal of Coordination Chemistry, Chemistry Central, International Journal of Digital Curation and Open Research Computation. A broader description of all my research interests can be viewed at