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The Baker Group's research applies X-rays and neutrons to understand the electronic structure and magnetism of metal ions and clusters. This research involves applying a wide range of large scale facility techniques but with a particular emphasis on resonant inelastic X-ray scattering and inelastic neutron scattering. Specific projects currently underway include:

  • the electronic structure and magnetisation dynamics of single-ion dopants in solid-state crystals
  • the study of spin dynamics within molecules that exhibit valence delocalisation
  • the characterisation of molecular-based switchable magnetism
  • the determination of f-block element electronic structure and bonding


Mike Baker is Lecturer and Diamond Light Source – Manchester Research Fellow. He completed his undergraduate studies (Physics BSc Hons.) at the University of Exeter in 2007. 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 Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science postdoctoral fellow (2011-2013) at the Institute for Material Research, Tohoku University, applying pulsed magnetic fields to EPR and XMCD spectroscopies under the supervision of Prof. Hiroyuki Nojiri. He then spent a short stint in New York City with Prof. Myriam Sarachik (CCNY, Dept. Physics) and Prof. Andy Kent (NYU, Dept. Physics) before obtaining a Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship from the Human Frontiers Science Program to work with Prof. Edward I. Solomon at Stanford, Dept. Chemistry (2014-2017).

In 2018 he 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.


External positions

Postdoc, Stanford University


Postdoc, New York University


Postdoc, The City College of New York


Postdoc, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University



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