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The JLP group is the research group of Dr Julia L. Payne, in the School of Chemistry University of St Andrews.

Our research spans a wide range of energy materials.  We are particularly interested in understanding how the structure of materials changes during device operation (e.g. charging/discharging a battery).   To do this, we regularly carry out experiments at the UK synchrotron (Diamond Light Source) or the UK neutron facility (ISIS Neutron and Muon Source) in Oxfordshire.   We use a variety of techniques to probe energy materials, including powder diffraction (X-ray and neutron), single crystal diffraction and X-ray Absorption spectroscopy, in addition to a wide range of complementary techniques available in St Andrews.  We are also currently interested in the synthesis, characterisation and properties of new materials for batteries and photovoltaics.