Group Members:

Marcus C. Newton

Dr Marcus C. Newton BSc (London), PhD (UCL), FInstP, FHEA

Associate Professor of Physics

UKRI Future Leader Fellow

Marcus Newton is an Associate Professor and leader of the Coherent X-ray Science Group. His research is focussed on the study of quantum materials at the nanoscale using coherent x-rays. He is a pioneer in the field of x-ray diffraction imaging for the study of nanoscale quantum materials. He also collaborates with a number of industry partners to develop materials and devices for next generation technologies that make use of quantum materials.

He has many years experience in delivering lecture series courses on 'Crystalline Solids' (PHYS3004), ‘Applied Nuclear Physics’ (PHYS3009) and ‘Computer Techniques in Physics’ (PHYS6017) as a part of the undergraduate teaching programme. He is also co-author of the third edition of Introductory Solid State Physics, an undergraduate text book on condensed matter physics to be published by Taylor & Francis.

Marcus is author of the Interactive Phase Retrieval Suite, the first software package that allows for real-time visualisation of the reconstruction of phase information in both two and three dimensions. This is the most popular software tool for phase reconstruction of Bragg CDI data and is routinely used at various synchrotron facilities including the Diamond Light Source, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and the Advanced Photon Source (APS). It has provided Coherent Diffraction Imaging scientists with a step improvement in the efficiency of data analysis through automation and ease of use.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Crystalline Solids
  • Computer Techniques in Physics

Research Interests

  • The development and use of lens-less imaging techniques such as Bragg coherent X-ray diffraction imaging (BCXDI) to study nanoscale quantum materials at X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) facilities such as Euro-XFEL and x-ray synchrotron facilities such as the Diamond Light Source.
  • Ab-initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of emergent phenomena in multi-functional quantum materials using high-performance computing facilities.
  • Materials development for the capture of light and ambient vibrational energy such as photovoltaic devices and piezoelectric mechanical recouperation devices that can potentially enable low-cost and innovative renewable sources of energy.

Dr Mansoor Nellikkal

Post-Doctoral Scientist

Ahmed Mohamed

PhD Candidate

David Serban

PhD Candidate

Jesse Tighe

PhD Candidate

Visiting Scientists:

Dr Sidoine A. S. Bonou

Sidoine is coordinator of X-TechLab, Sèmè City, Benin. He has broad expertise in X-ray diffraction.


  • Dr Ulrich Wagner (Visiting Scientist) -> Swiss FEL
  • Dr Dusan Plasienka (Visiting Scientist)
  • Jocelyn Shannon (Masters Student)
  • Ralph Sage (Masters Student)
  • Daniel Ladega (MPhil Candidate)
  • Toby Mitchell (Masters Student) -> Cambridge University PhD Candidate
  • Evan Ng (Masters Student)
  • Rowland Rich (Masters Student)
  • Dr Charles Opoku (PDRA) -> Open University Research Fellow
  • George Lancaster (Masters Student)
  • Adam Pietraszewski (Masters Student)
  • Anthony Kenny (Masters Student)
  • Simon Payne (Masters Student)
  • Charlie Turner (Masters Student)
  • Elena Ureña Horno (PhD Candidate)