Daniel O'Flynn

Scientist: Radiography
Department: Scientific Research


+44 (0)20 7323 8980

Dan O’Flynn works as an X-ray imaging scientist for the Museum, carrying out both radiography and CT scanning. He is responsible for running the Museum’s new X-radiography Suite, a large-scale X-ray imaging facility which allows the examination of objects from the centimetre scale up to several metres tall, and weighing anything up to 2000kg.

X-ray imaging techniques are used to non-destructively look under the surface of many different types and sizes of artefacts – answering questions of how they were made, where they came from, their current condition, and if anything unknown is hidden inside. Dan’s expertise is in experimental X-ray physics, with a focus on the interactions of X-rays with different materials, X-ray imaging and analysis techniques.

Dan joined the British Museum in 2017 after 5 years of post-doctoral work in the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at University College London. Prior to this he studied at the University of Warwick, obtaining a Master’s degree and a PhD in Physics.

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Honorary Senior Research Associate, University College London (2017 - present)

Recent Publications

Bülow, A., Phippard, J., La Niece, S., O'Flynn, D. 2018: The role of conservation and scientific research, in The Making of The Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World. British Museum Press, London: 158-172.

D. O'Flynn, R. Bellazzini, M. Minuti, A. Brez, M. Pinchera, G. Spandre, R. Moss and R.D. Speller, Energy-windowed, pixellated X-ray diffraction using the Pixirad CdTe detector, J. Instrum. 12, P01004 (2017)

D. O’Flynn, C. Crews, I. Drakos, C. Christodoulou, M.D. Wilson, M. C. Veale, P. Seller and R.D. Speller, Materials identification using a small-scale pixellated x-ray diffraction system, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 49, 175304 (2016)

C.C.E. Crews, D. O'Flynn, A. Sidebottom, R.D. Speller, Quantitative energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction for identification of counterfeit medicines: A preliminary study, Proc. SPIE 9482, 94820D (2015)

D. O’Flynn, M. R. Lees, and G. Balakrishnan, Magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity measurements of single crystal TbMnO3, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 26, 256002 (2014)

D. O’Flynn, C.B. Reid, C. Christodoulou, M.D. Wilson, M.C. Veale, P. Seller, D. Hills, H. Desai, B. Wong and R. Speller, Explosive detection using pixellated X-ray diffraction (PixD), J. Instrum 8, P03007 (2013)

D. O’Flynn, H. Desai, C. B. Reid, C. Christodoulou, M.D. Wilson, M.C. Veale, P. Seller, D. Hills, B. Wong and R.D. Speller, Identification of simulants for explosives using pixellated X-ray diffraction, Crime Science 2:4 (2013)

M.D. Wilson, S.J. Bell, R.J. Cernik, C. Christodoulou, C.K. Egan, D. O'Flynn, S. Jacques, S. Pani, J. Scuffham, P. Seller, P.J. Sellin, R. Speller, M.C. Veale, Multiple module pixellated CdTe spectroscopic X-ray detector, IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci. 60, 1197 (2013)

J. Schiemer, D. O’Flynn, G. Balakrishnan and M. A. Carpenter, Strain coupling in multiferroic phase transitions of samarium yttrium manganite Sm0.6Y0.4MnO3, Phys. Rev. B 88, 054108 (2013)