James' primary research interest is in fluctuation relations; exact non-equilibrium relations that quantify the behaviour of finite size systems.  These systems are inherently interesting as the general rules of thermodynamics break down for systems below the thermodynamic limit, that is systems that contain few particles, and many thermodynamic quantities, such as temperature, are not well defined outside equilibrium.

James’s research primarily consists of using statistical mechanics to develop new or modify existing fluctuation relations, and writing and running non-equilibrium molecular dynamic simulations of small fluid systems.  He also has experience collaborating with experimental groups, and has previously undertaken research into complex systems.

Professional Qualifications

  • 2007       PhD in Chemistry, Australian National University, Australia (Advisors: Dr Edith Sevick, Dr Denis Evans, Dr Debra Searles)
  • 2003       BSc (Hons, 1st Class) in Physics, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (Advisor: Dr Paul Callaghan)

Work experience

  • July 2012              Postdoctoral researcher, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, University of Queensland
  • 2008 – 2012         Postdoctoral researcher, Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre, Griffith University (Lectured Physical Chemistry)
  • 2007 – 2008         Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary
  • 2006                     Research assistant (ANU)


  • 2004       Winner - Top Poster Presentation, RACI Physical Chemistry Conference
  • 2003       ANU PhD Scholarship
    1. Research School of Chemistry Supplemental Scholarship
    2. Alan Sargeson PhD Supplementary Scholarship​
  • 2002       VUW Graduate Award, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences Physics Honours Scholarship

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