March 2021 group photo: Ryan Dempsey, Michel Baker, Myron Huzan, Jiafu Xian, Tim Burrow, Rasmus Tang Christiansen and Joy Chiappella

Dr Michael L. Baker MRSC FHEA – Lecturer and Diamond-Manchester Research Fellow

Mike Baker completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Exeter in 2007 (Physics BSc Hons). He obtained a PhD in neutron spectroscopy via an Institut Laue Langevin fellowship with supervisors including Prof. David Collison, Prof. Hans Güdel, Prof. Eric McInnes, Dr Hannu Mutka and Prof. Richard Winpenny (2007 – 2011). He was a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Material Research, Tohoku University within the group of Prof. Hiroyuki Nojiri (2011-2013). He spent a short stint in the groups of Prof. Myriam Sarachik (CCNY, Dept. Physics) and Prof. Andy Kent (NYU, Dept. Physics). He then obtained a Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship from the Human Frontiers Science Program to work for Prof. Edward I. Solomon at Stanford, Dept. Chemistry (2014-2017). In 2018 Mike was appointed as Diamond Light Source – Manchester Research Fellow at the University of Manchester at Harwell and Department of Chemistry. In 2020 he was awarded a Comunity for Analytical Measurement Fellowship. In 2021 he obtained a New Investigator Award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Myron S. Huzan – PhD Student

Myron is originally from Nottingham, the same city in which he graduated with an MSci in Physics from Nottingham Trent University; during which he experienced several experimental research opportunities at large-scale research facilities including CERN, ESRF, ISIS and CLF. His current research involves the utilisation of experimental and theoretical X-ray spectroscopic techniques to study the magnetic and electronic structure of single ion dopants within crystalline matter.

Timothy G. Burrow – PhD Student

Tim graduated from the University of the West of Scotland with a BSc(Hons) in chemistry, where between his studies he worked for the Royal Society of Chemistry and as a research assistant for a variety of projects. His research seeks to exploit the sensitivities of RIXS and develop the technique for the quantification of actinide electronic structure. [Linkedin

Rasmus Tang Christiansen – PhD Student

Rasmus obtained a BSc in Physics at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen (2014-2018). He has an MSc from the same institution (2014-2018). His MSc project was spent within the group of Prof. Kim Lefmann. Since 2021 Rasmus has started an Institut Laue Langevin PhD studentship studying valence delocalised spin excitations.

Nathan Alcock – PhD Student

Nathan obtained an MChem(Hons) degree from the University of Manchester (2017-2021), during which time he completed research projects with Dr Louise Natrajan (2019) and Prof. Nik Kaltsoyannis (2020-2021) in both experimental and computational radiochemistry. He joins the group to carry out PhD research using RIXS measurements and computational quantum chemical methods to probe the electronic structure of actinides

Alban B. Riey – PhD Student (Maths)

Alban Bloor Riley graduated from The University of Manchester with an MMath and is now a PhD student working on an interdisciplinary project with Mike Baker and Marcus Webb (from the Mathematics Department). His research focuses on developing new algorithms for solving the inverse eigenvalue problem associated with inelastic neutron spectroscopy experiments.

ZhiBo – Alan – Qi  – MChem Student

Alan is an MChem student working on the inelastic neutron scattering of lanthanide molecular magnets. During his third year project, he worked under the supervision of Dr Peter Quayle investigating the organic synthesis of graphene exfoliating agents.

Previous Group Members

Ryan Dempsey – MChem Student

Ryan was an MChem student working on the simulation U X-ray spectroscopy with particular emphesis on RIXS. Ryan went on to a PhD with Prof. Nikolas Kaltsoyannis to apply DFT to model iron-actinide chemistry with importance to UK nuclear waste clean-up.

Joy Chiappella – MChem Student

Joy was an MChem student studying the dynamic electronic structure of spin-crossover and valence tautomeric molecules through variable temperature L3-edge and K-edge RIXS. As part of her studies, she conducted an analytical chemistry industrial experience placement for GlaxoSmithKline.

JiaFu Xian – MSc Student

Jiafu was an MSc student studying the electronic and magnetic properties of dopant ions by high-field electron paramagnetic resonance. Before starting her MSc at Manchester Jiafu obtained a BSc in Chemistry at Shenzhen University, that included research investigating Mn doping within Graphine.