Dr Garvey is a research scientist who applies advanced physical characterisations at the interface between biology and materials science. As well as his role as an instrument scientist on the small angle neutron scattering instrument Quokka Chris research explores an underlying theme which is the difference between the behaviour of molecules singly, and as ensembles, or in more complicated mixtures such as cells and their components (e.g. organelles, walls, membranes). The differences are due to the intermolecular interactions, and interactions between molecules and the host matrix. A particular focus has been cell walls of plants, and the industrially important group of materials called cellulosics.
Small angle scattering and contrast variation are important tools for his research. Chris develops novel measurement environments which further extend the utility of the small angle scattering technique.