James is a Lecturer (teaching-focussed) in the School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, broadly in Physical, Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry. He completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2016, studying porous and non-porous solid-state materials for selective gas capture by non-ambient crystallography, in the group of Prof Lee Brammer.
Between 2016 and 2021 James worked as a Teaching Fellow on the University of Sheffield - Nanjing Tech University joint degree, then at Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology and the University of Reading - Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology Joint Academy. In this time he began pedagogical research, particularly focussed on transnational education of students of Confucian heritage.
In 2021 he was appointed as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Surrey. He continues pedagogical research, mostly focussed on reducing in-lab cognitive load for undergraduate students. He supervises final-year BSc research projects broadly in the area of main-group non-covalent intermolecular forces and non-ambient crystallography.
Lecture notes, recordings, coursework, supplementary videos and quizzes are available on SurreyLearn.
CHE0002 Foundation year for Chemistry
CHE1040 Mathematics, computing and statistical skills [Module coordinator]
CHE1042 Periodicity and reactivity of the elements
CHE1043 Physical processes in Chemistry [Module coordinator]
CHE1044 Principles of Analytical Chemistry
CHE2027 World of work
CHE2042 Structure, bonding and reactions of inorganic compounds
CHE3042 Structure and spectroscopy in inorganic chemistry (distance learning)