Michael James has a B.S. degree from the University of Sydney, Australia, and a Ph.D. degree in inorganic chemistry from the University of Cambridge, UK, where he investigated new classes of magnetic and superconducting ceramics. He occupied postdoctoral positions at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UK) and the University of Nagoya (Japan). He acts currently as a Senior Principal Research Scientist and works at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization as a Leader of the Chemical Deuteration Laboratory and a Visiting Professor at the School of Chemistry at the University of NSW. Prior to 2009, he led the design and construction of the $4 million PLATYPUS time-of-flight neutron reflectometer at Australia’s OPAL 20 MW research reactor, which he now operates. During his career, he has worked in numerous areas of neutron and X-ray scattering, including instrumentation, solid state chemistry, and powder diffraction from molecular and magnetic materials, as well as reflectometry from nanoscale thin films, chemical and biological sensors, and molecular interactions with biomimetic cellular membranes. Other current research interests include the study of organic photovoltaics and organic light-emitting diodes. He has published more than 110 peer-reviewed scientific papers.
Biography Updated on 26 December 2012