Newcastle University Academic Track Fellowships NUAcT

James Dawson

Dr James Dawson

Like Slash, Lemmy, Wedgwood and Mitchell before him, James grew up in Stoke-on-Trent, famous for oatcakes, pottery and darts players. He obtained his BSc Chemistry degree from squirrelly Keele University in 2009. He then moved to the Steel City (Sheffield not Pittsburgh) to undertake his PhD under the supervision of Professors John Harding and Derek Sinclair. After completing his studies, James was lucky enough to be awarded a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship at Kyoto University, which allowed him to achieve his ambition of living in Japan. Upon conclusion of the fellowship, James returned to the UK to take up a postdoctoral position at the University of Cambridge, followed by a stint at the University of Bath, before joining Newcastle University as a NUAcT Fellow in January 2020. His research utilises state-of-the-art computational modelling techniques to improve the fundamental understanding of energy materials and their interfaces for current and future applications. Outside of research, James enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, travel, live music and sport (much to his wife’s dismay!).