- Senior Lecturer in Materials Engineering - Open University
James’ research interests cover a wide range of topics regarding surfaces, nanomaterials, complex fluids, and soft matter. James is currently leading cross-disciplinary collaborative efforts within the School of Engineering and Innovation to develop novel geoengineering methods. Focus areas include carbon dioxide sequestration, energy storage technologies, biomaterials, and microplastics.
James is developing new materials characterisation techniques including simultaneous high temperature X-ray diffraction and calorimetry, as well as novel methods for the rapid determination of surface topography and roughness. He has also developed methods for performing large-area nanoscale tribological and adhesive testing using atomic force microscopy. His group and collaborators are investigating novel materials and surface treatments for regenerative medicine and nanomedicine, the acoustic properties of nanostructured surfaces, structure-property relationships in avian eggshells, and microwave heating for lunar habitat manufacture.