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My work deals with Resilience, improving the scientific knowledge base underpinning decisions about potential hazards and how we respond to them. I'm particularly interested in reactive materials such as batteries and catalysts, and airborne materials such as aerosols and particulate matter. I am based at Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire as part of the University of Manchester at Harwell's Collaboration with Diamond where I develop X-ray imaging and in situ synchrotron techniques, and am a member of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering.

I obtained my PhD in 2010 from Durham University in the field of X-ray scattering from thin film nanostructures under the supervision of Professor Brian Tanner and Professor Del Atkinson in the Department of Physics.

Research interests

X-rays are a powerful and versatile probe able to reveal internal structural and chemical information in 3D. They have particular benefit to the porous, inhomogeneous and reactive materials used in electrochemical energy storage devices such as batteries, fuel cells, and supercapacitors.

Multimedia examples of my research can be found on the X-ray Imaging facility website and the website of the Diamond-Manchester Branch I13-2. My research interests include:

  • Detecting and assessing airborne paerticulatre matter, such as combustion emissions or aerosols
  • Materials characterization for energy applications, including batteries, fuel cells, and nuclear
  • X-ray imaging and tomography techniques at DiamondSLSSSRL and on lab-based systems in the Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility
  • Design of in situ electrochemical experiments for synchrotron studies
  • X-ray diffraction and surface scattering techniques
  • Image analysis and volume correlation techniques
  • Nanofabrication, thin film deposition and electron beam lithography

My work has featured on the front covers of Advanced Energy Materials and Chemical Communications:

     Eastwood et al, Lithiation induced dilation mapping in a Li-ion battery electrode by 3D X-ray Microscopy and Digital Volume Correlation        Eastwood et al, Three-dimensional characterization of electrodeposited lithium microstructures using synchrotron X-ray phase contrast imaging


Current teaching:

MECH11140 Year 1 - Academic Advisor

MECH31631 Year 3 Nuclear Physics - Lecturer

MECH31030 Year 3 Individual Project - Project Supervisor

MECH60004 PGT MSc Research Methods - Project Supervisor


Previous teaching:

PHAR80052 Regenerative Medicine CDT - Imaging biological tissues and biomaterials (Enquiry Based Learning) - Lecturer

Supervision information

Current PhD supervision:

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Advance HE

Award Date: 9 Jun 2022

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy (Formerly Known As Learning & Teaching Support Network)

Award Date: 27 May 2016

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Energy


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