Humans of IFE: Dr Michael Jones

29th August 2018

Field or expertise: Synchrotron Imaging and Spectroscopy

Position title: Research Infrastructure Specialist (Synchrotron Science)

What are you working on at the moment?
At present I'm working on two research projects:

The first is measuring X-ray radiation dose limits for biological X-ray fluorescence microscopy to allow researchers to confidently measure their samples without causing measurable damage.

The second project involves developing novel X-ray diffraction imaging techniques. In particular spatially resolving crystallinity while simultaneously mapping the oxidation state of transition metals.

What excites or inspires you about your field?
I am constantly excited by the many fields of research I am able to work across. I may be working on geology one day, and superconductors the next, there is never a dull moment. Working with such a variety of people, and seeing their research take off with results they never thought possible is amazing.

What are your hopes for the future?
I hope to build a solid synchrotron user base at QUT, and lead the expansion of synchrotron based technique development to enable QUT researchers to answer questions that currently have no solution. I anticipate that QUT will become a significant player in the international synchrotron science field.

Why is your work important?
My work on novel X-ray diffraction technique development allows researchers to access information that was previously unobtainable, opening up new avenues of research and increasing understanding of a variety of biological, chemical, and physical systems, particularly relating to biochemistry and energy generation and storage.

In my role, I assist QUT researchers with all aspects of Synchrotron Science, from applications, preparations, experimental, and data processing. This work allows QUT researchers to leverage this key national infrastructure to push their research to the next level.

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