Industrial Group Committee 2016-2017

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Helen Blade - Helen

Helen graduated from Liverpool University with a PhD under Prof. Matt Rosseinsky in the field of functional materials, linking the crystal structure of a material to its properties. As a senior scientist working in AstraZeneca, Macclesfield since 2008, she has continued her work in this field and has latterly been leading the establishment of crystal structure assessment to predict and explain the properties of pharmaceutical materials. 

Vice Chair
Dr C. L. Doherty - Cheryl

I am currently working in the Materials Sciences group at Pfizer. I mostly work on developing dosage forms for drug candidates. This includes using molecular modelling, crystallographic data and statistical analyses of structural information to design a program of action and guide dosage form development for these projects as well as guiding the experimental screening, characterisation and analysis of these candidates. This can be on candidates from early research (before first in human studies) through to Phase III clinical trial candidates. I am a member of the British Crystallographic Association,  a chartered member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a member of the Diamond (Synchrotron) Industrial Science Committee.



Dr D Beveridge - David
Tel: 01565 650000

I work for HARMAN technology Ltd (successor to Ilford Ltd), one of the few companies still making traditional silver halide based photographic materials. I am basically an inorganic/analytical chemist, and I use X-Ray Fluorescence and X-Ray Powder Diffraction techniques extensively for characterising substances of all kinds - organic as well as inorganic. I have been using both techniques within Ilford/HARMAN since the early-mid 1980's, though I'd used both in my university research as well - the XRPD I did at university mostly used Guinier cameras rather than a diffractometer! In my present job, the X-ray techniques are used in conjunction with a wide range of other techniques involving wet chemistry as well as instrumental analysis.


Spoorthi Dharmayat - Spoo
I am a Principal Scientist within the Pharmaceutical Sciences division of LGC, an international life sciences measurement and contract analytical testing company. Currently, I support physical characterisation of a range of materials to support analysis and trouble shooting for customers in pharmaceuticals, food, agrochemicals and consumer products sectors. My main area of interest is in the use of powder X-ray diffraction and small molecule X-ray crystallography to support pharmaceutical development in both early and late-stage development phases.

Committee Members:

Judith Shackleton - Judith 

Anthony Bell

Dr Luca Russo - Luca
Luca Russo
After completing my PhD in supramolecular chemistry and SC-XRD methods at Newcastle University with Prof. Bill Clegg, I have been working as PDRA in crystallography for some years in the research groups of Prof. Kari Rissanen (Jyväskylä University, FI) and Prof. Bill Clegg, before moving on to the more technological side of things, working as XRD application scientist for Rigaku Europe. Since 2014 I am working as crystallographer in Physical Properties, part of the larger Product Development and Supply department at GlaxoSmithKline, overseeing late stage development assets. Main scientific interests: SC-XRD, physical properties of crystalline materials, Rietveld refinement, force fields, PDF and structural informatics.

Matthew Bryant

Judith Bain - Judith

XRF Manager, Alfred H Knight International

AHK is a metal and minerals analysis and inspection company. Providing traders and other general parties the compositional data they require for their shipments. XRF is a key analytical tool in the analysis arm of the company with laboratories in all major continents. The AHK Technical Centre is based in the UK from where I run the XRF division across the Group.

 R C E Morris - Richard
Tel: 0121 544 7912 
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I run Morris Analytical X-Ray Ltd  which is an independent company that offers the following analytical services to the Chemical Industry; X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRPD), X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF), Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS), Optical Microscopy, and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) (including Cryo-SEM).
Based at Oldbury, near Birmingham in the UK, we have over 35 years experience in X-ray and optical analysis. We are expert in the characterisation of crystalline materials ranging from food phosphates to detergents and from single surfactant mesophases to fully built surfactant systems.
I’m also quite keen on riding motorcycles!

Co-Opt (Ex officio)


Young Crystallographer Representative (Ex officio)

Alex Cousen