Department: London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN)
Institution: University College London

Research summary

Ian Robinson is a professor at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, University College and group leader in the Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory. His research is currently focussed on the development of coherent X-ray diffraction methods for imaging the structure of nanoparticles and domain structures in larger crystals. His research makes extensive use of synchrotron radiation and Free-Electron Lasers. He built a beamline at Brookhaven to develop Surface X-ray Diffraction and a second one at Argonne for Coherent X-ray Diffraction. One outcome of the work was the discovery of Crystal Truncation Rods, for which he was awarded the Surface Structure Prize in 2011 and the Gregori Aminoff Prize in 2015.


X-ray diffraction, nanocrystals, coherent imaging, thermal properties, laser excitation, free electron lasers