Will is working with Nick Rees, looking into the host/guest complexes of deoxycholic acid. Using variable temperature single crystal diffraction, along with Solid State NMR and Differential Scanning Calorimetry the project is particularly focused on phase changes within the crystal as a function of temperature. When not in the lab he enjoys long lunches, and competing for the Oxford Modern Pentathlon team.
Our application to secure funds to refurbish our existing DSC and TGA analysis equipment has been successful. Sample analysis by TGA/DSC allow detection and characterisation of solvent-loss and phase changes and, as such are complementary to solid-state X-ray crystallography. The equipment was abandoned by a researcher leaving in 2007 and has not been operational since. Reinstallation and refurbishment of the equipment within an existing departmental research facility will make it accessible to all research groups within Chemistry and the Science Area.