Prof. Malcolm McMahon

Professor of High-Pressure Physics

School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Interests 

My research interests are in using x-ray diffraction and scattering to investigate the behaviour of simple materials to extreme pressures and temperature.  I am a frequent user of synchrotron light sources in the UK, Europe and the US, where we have developed techniques to collect and analyse diffraction data from both polycrystalline and single-crystal samples.  Most recently, my research interests have moved to the use of dynamic compression technicques, utilising powerful laser sources and x-ray lasers, to push strctural studies of matter well beyond the current limits of static compression science.

Email Address 


Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions, The University of Edinburgh Room 3804, Erskine Williamson Building, Peter Guthrie Tait Road, The King's Buildings Edinburgh, EH9 3FD


+44 (0)131 650 5956


+44 (0)131 650 5902