The Diamond-Manchester Collaboration and Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility

The Diamond-Manchester Collaboration (DMC)

In 2010, Diamond Light Source and the University of Manchester entered into a ten-year collaboration to build and operate the Diamond-Manchester Branchline, I13-2. The goals of the collaboration are: to promote outstanding scientific research, establish new collaborations, seed new research and allow long term access for funded research proposals. The University of Manchester has 80 days per year of beamtime funded through the DMC for dedicated use on I13-2 or other beamlines.

For access to the DMC dedicated beamtime, please first contact the Diamond Manchester Collaboration Project Manager, Dr Jenny Woods,

Applications, which should be led by a University of Manchester academic, are now submitted via the Diamond User Administration System using the DMC direct access application form.

The Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility

Professors Lee and Withers lead a team of 17 academic co-Investigators (from 6 universities, Diamond, LSF, and ISIS) with 25 research associates and students in x-ray imaging, computational analysis and modelling, and microstructural characterisation with special interests covering in situ rig development based at RCaH and I13-2. The core projects span novel biomaterials to energy materials, as well as novel detector, technique, and algorithm development (e.g. CCPi). We also support visiting academics from UK Universities and across the world. The RCaH laboratory hosts two computed tomography systems suitable for microscale non-destructive characterization.
Research projects cover geological, metallurgical and biological materials sciences and functional materials for energy storage and biomedical applications. Our techniques span several orders of magnitude in resolution (see figures below). For multimedia examples of our work, visit




Using the Diamond-Manchester Beamline, we are developing “Implants by Design” – i.e. using additive manufacturing techniques to develop novel joint replacements that are 3D printed in Titanium. This work links the material scientists at the University of Manchester (S. Yue, PD Lee) with Biologists (C. Mitchell at Ulster) and Mechanical Engineers (C. Sutcliffe at Liverpool), with physicists at the RCaH Labs, LSF, and Diamond.




Using the Diamond-Manchester Beamline, the Material Scientists at RCaH (S. Yue, D. Eastwood, PD Lee) are optimising materials developed at Imperial College that replicate articular cartilage but are produced via a novel freeze casting process (D. Wang, E. Saiz, J.R. Jones).





Multiscale imaging allows us to investigate the performance of lithium batteries optimising their chemistry, microstructure, and component design from the nano-scale to the entire battery structure. (e.g. see Shearing, Eastwood, Withers, Lee et al, Micro&Analysis, 2013)







Staff in the Manchester-Diamond Collaboration and Manchester Xray Imaging Facility at RCaH/Diamond.

MXIF Group



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