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Dr James Drewitt

Dr James Drewitt

Dr James Drewitt
BSc (Hons) (Wales), PhD (Bath)

Senior Research Associate

Area of research

Atomic-scale structure and dynamics of magma at extreme conditions

Office G46
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 954 5421


My research involves measuring the atomic-scale structure and properties of materials at extreme conditions using in situ synchrotron x-ray and neutron scattering techniques, made at central facilities, including Diamond Light Source (UK), the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (France), the Institut-Laue Langevin (France), and the Petra III synchrotron (Germany).
Specific projects and techniques include:   
  • In situ laser-heated diamond anvil cell experiments.
  • Synchrotron x-ray scattering experiments to investigate sub-solidus phase relations, melting and partitioning behaviour in the Earth's lower mantle.
  • Pair distribution function measurements of aluminosilicate magmas at the high pressures and temperatures experienced in planetary deep interiors.
  • Aerodynamic levitation with laser heating.
  • Molecular dynamics computer simulation.
  • Spectroscopy techniques, including Raman and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.





  • Silicate melts
  • In situ diffraction
  • Synchrotron x-ray scattering
  • Neutron diffraction with isotope substitution
  • Aerodynamic levitation
  • Laser heating



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