Dr Andrew Edmonds is a Principal Scientist and is part of the R&D team at Element Six’s Global Innovation Centre in Harwell, UK. He has over 15 years of experience of diamond defect physics and synthesis, across both academia and industry. His time in academia was spent at the Diamond Research Group of Prof. Mark Newton at the University of Warwick. During this phase he completed a PhD and continued his studies as a Post-Doc focussing on the fundamentals of diamond’s defects and development of spectroscopic techniques for characterising Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) diamond materials. His work helped to establish Electron Paramagnetic Resonance as a technique that could be used to routinely quantify N in diamond at part-per-billion levels. He also played a primary role in the identification of silicon-related defects in single-crystal diamond. After this, he spent a two-year period as a Research Fellow at the nano-diamond group at Macquarie University, Sydney. Andrew joined Element Six in 2013 and is currently working on projects focusing on optimisation of CVD diamond synthesis for quantum-sensing applications and the further development of characterisation techniques. He has 25 peer-reviewed publications against his name, alongside 6 granted patents.