Gerhard Materlik wins Glazebrook Medal

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Professor Gerhard Materlik of the LCN has been awarded the Glazebrook Medal by the Institute of Physics. The award, which is for outstanding leadership in a physics context, is in recognition of his establishment of a world-leading laboratory at Diamond Light Source and for his innovations in X-ray diffraction physics.

As one of the outstanding leaders of synchrotron radiation research, Professor Materlik has played a major advisory role in many international laboratories and made many important contributions to techniques in the field. At Hamburg University and as the scientific director of the DESY laboratory, he was closely involved in developing novel techniques in X-ray physics that are now employed world-wide. He has made vital contributions to research on X-ray standing waves, holographic imaging and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy, and in an early paper he showed how milli-electron volt resolution could be achieved by X-ray backscattering. With this important experimental advance the technique of synchrotron X-ray inelastic scattering has been further developed to rival neutron scattering in studies of phonon dynamics in solids and liquids.

Professor Materlik was a major contributor to the installation of the FLASH FEL, and subsequently to the large-scale European project, the European XFEL. As Chief Executive of Diamond Light Source, he guided the design, construction and operation of the facility, which has quickly come to be one of the leading user centres for synchrotron X-ray research worldwide.