James initially graduated in Chemistry from the University of Bath where he worked on the electrochemistry of Iron Haematite nanoparticles and researched Biological Fuel cells, supervised by Professor Frank Marken. Subsequently, moving to the University of Birmingham to study a Masters in Research within the department of Chemical Engineering; studying the electrochemistry, reaction kinetics and commercial use of recycled Platinum group metal nanoparticles within Biofilms, supervised by Professor Lynne Macaskie. James has also completed research projects into the electrochemistry of free-cell supported bio-nanocatalysts, the electrochemistry of the Oxygen Reduction Reaction (ORR), the fabrication of Gas Diffusion Electrodes (GDEs) and Catalyst Coated Membranes (CCMs) using the inkjet, screen-printing and autonomous spraying techniques as well as novel electrochemical investigation techniques within proton exchange membrane fuel cells.
James then completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham in the study of redox active species within liquid catholyte proton exchange membrane fuel cells and the novel electrochemistry exhibited within this environment as a viable and commercially advantageous solution to conventional proton exchange membrane fuel cells.
Since completing his PhD, James has worked within academia and industry, conducting research and managing innovation teams as well as establishing and leading a design collective into sustainable solutions in design. A keen surfer, environmentalist and doer, he is constantly looking for collaborations and partnerships to solve the world's issues.