Dr James Andrews MSci PhD

Dr James Andrews

School of Mathematics

Contact details

School of Mathematics
Watson Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

James has worked extensively in industrial mathematics, mathematical engineering and mathematical biology projects over the last 15 years. Modelling individual industrial chemical or physical process to entire chemical plants, specializing in powders technology. Much of the engineering work has focused on novel numerical techniques for fluid structure interactions, fuel cells from element to entire stack modelling, fluidization of powders and solids, novel sensors and device design through modelling. The biological modelling has generally focused on population dynamics or the integration of sensors and devices within a biological context, although there is an increasing focus on modelling haptic processes. However, underpinning this is a keen insight into statistics and applied mathematics relevant to many applications.


  • PhD in Mathematics, University of Birmingham, 2007
  • MSci in Mathematics, University of Bristol, 2004


Following completion of his EPSRC funded PhD studies in 2007, James transferred to a series of EPSRC, EU or industrial funded postdoctoral research positions.

Following these fixed term positions, James was appointed to his current position as a lecturer within the School of Mathematics. James research interests primarily concern applied mathematics and statistics in industrial settings.


LI/LH Numerical Methods and Programming

Postgraduate supervision

James is happy to take enquiries from motivated PhD students in any of the research areas described below.


Research Themes

  • Industrial mathematics
  • Microfluidics
  • Chemically reacting systems with a special focus on fuel cells and their systems
  • Optimization
  • Time series, spatial dynamics and artificial intelligence 
  • Sensor and device design and manufacture
  • Numerical Methods for PDEs
  • The Sense of Touch
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Social behaviour modelling and policy design

Research Activity

James is an interdisciplinary researcher applying mathematical and computational techniques to a range of problems in applied mathematics, often in collaboration with experimentalists and industry experts.


Recent publications


Hodjati-Pugh, O, Andrews, J, Dhir, A & Steinberger-Wilckens, R 2021, 'Analysis of current collection in a tubular SOFC: an empirical and mathematical modelling approach for minimised ohmic polarisation', Journal of Power Sources, vol. 494, 229780. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2021.229780

VillapĂșn, VM, Carter, LN, Gao, N, Addison, O, Webber, MA, Shepherd, DET, Andrews, JW, Lowther, M, Avery, S, Glanvill, SJ, Grover, LM & Cox, S 2020, 'A design approach to facilitate selective attachment of bacteria and mammalian cells to additively manufactured implants', Additive Manufacturing, vol. 36, 101528. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addma.2020.101528

Andrews, J, Adams, M & Montenegro-Johnson, T 2020, 'A universal scaling law of mammalian touch', Science Advances, vol. 6, no. 41, eabb6912. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abb6912

Adams, M & Andrews, J 2018, 'A fast multipole boundary element method implemented for wet single particle and wall interactions', Powder Technology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.powtec.2018.03.029

Dzidek, B, Adams, M, Andrews, J, Zhang, Z & Johnson, S 2017, 'Contact mechanics of the human finger pad under compressive loads', Journal of The Royal Society Interface, vol. 14, no. 127, 20160935. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2016.0935

Nannyonga, S, Bakalis, S, Andrews, J & Gkatzionis, K 2016, 'Mathematical modelling of color, texture kinetics and sensory attributes characterisation of ripening bananas for waste critical point determination', Journal of Food Engineering. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2016.06.006

He, Y, Bowen, J, Andrews, J, Liu, M, Zhang, Z & Smets, J 2014, 'Adhesion of perfume-filled microcapsules to model fabric surfaces', Journal of Microencapsulation, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 430-439. https://doi.org/10.3109/02652048.2013.871359

Andrews, J, Bowen, J & Cheneler, D 2013, 'Optimised determination of viscoelastic properties using compliant measurement systems', Soft Matter, vol. 9, no. 23, pp. 5581-5593. https://doi.org/10.1039/C3SM50706H

Bowen, J, Cheneler, D, Andrews, J, Avery, AR, Zhang, Z, Ward, M & Adams, M 2011, 'Application of Colloid Probe Atomic Force Microscopy to the Adhesion of Thin Films of Viscous and Viscoelastic Silicone Fluids', Langmuir, vol. 27, no. 18, pp. 11489-11500. https://doi.org/10.1021/la202060f

Andrews, J, Yu, S, Gururajan, B, Reynolds, G, Roberts, R, Wu, C & Adams, M 2010, 'Analytical solutions for roll compaction of pharmaceutical powders', Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, vol. 62, no. 10, pp. 1403-1404.


Bowen, J, Cheneler, D, Andrews, J, Wu, C, Ward, M & Adams, M 2012, Rebound of a particle from a solid surface with a viscous or nonlinear viscoelastic liquid film in the contact zone. in Discrete Element Modelling of Particulate Media. Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, pp. 86-94.

Conference contribution

Oum, M, Andrews, J & Steinberger-Wilckens, R 2017, Modelling Microstructural and Chemical Degradation of Ferritic Stainless Steels for SOFC Interconnects. in S Singhal (ed.), ECS Meeting Abstracts: SOFC-XV: 15th International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells July 23, 2017 - July 28, 2017 Hollywood, FL. vol. MA2017-03, MA2017-03 100, Electrochemical Society Inc., Pennington, 15th International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, SOFC, 2017, Hollywood, United States, 23/07/17. <http://ma.ecsdl.org/content/MA2017-03/1/100.short>

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