Tony James

Prof, Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

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1987 …2022

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Research interests

Tony D James is a Professor at the University of Bath and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and holds a prestigious Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. (2017-2021). He has developed a broad interdisciplinary approach to research, with an underpinning focus on the development of modular sensors where he has pioneered a range of reporting regimes. His research interests include many aspects of Supramolecular chemistry, including: Molecular Recognition, Fluorescence Sensor design, Fluorescence Imaging, Theranostics, Chiral recognition; Saccharide recognition, Anion recognition and Sensors for Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). He obtained his: BSc 1986 (University of East Anglia), PhD 1991 (University of Victoria), and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow 1991-95 (with Seiji. Shinkai in Japan). He was a Royal Society Research Fellow from 1995 to 2000 (University of Birmingham). He has been a visiting professor at Tsukuba, Osaka and Kyushu Universities, an AMADEus invited professor at the University of Bordeaux and is a guest Professor at East China University of Science and Technology, Xiamen University, Shandong Normal University, Nanjing University, Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, Changzhou University and is a Hai-Tian (Sea-Sky) Scholar at Dalian University of Technology. In 2013 he was recognized for his role in developing networks with Japan by the award of a Daiwa-Adrian Prize and in 2015 he received the Inaugural CASE Prize for establishing and developing networks with China.

Education / Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science, University of East Anglia

Doctor of Science, University of Victoria

External positions

Guest Professor, Changzhou University

Hai-Tian Scholar, Dalian University of Technology

Guest Professor, East China University of Science and Technology

Visiting Professor (JSPS), Kyushu University

Concurrent Professor, Nanjing University

Visiting Professor (21st Century COE Program: Creation of Integrated Eco Chemistry), Osaka University

Guest Professor, Shaanxi University of Science and Technology

Guest Professor, Shandong Normal University

AMADEus Invited Professor, University of Bordeaux

Visiting Professor, University of Tsukuba

Guest Professor, Xiamen University


  • Materials
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Fluorescence Sensors
  • Boronic Acids
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry

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Projects 2005 2022

CSCT MRes Student Project: Labeled Peptides For Parkinson’s Diagnostics

Mason, J. & James, T.


Project: Research-related fundingInternally Funded Research

British Spanish Society Scholarship 2017

Lopez, C. M., Wenk, J., Lewis, S. & James, T.


Project: Research-related fundingOther

Wolfson Merit Award

James, T.

The Royal Society


Project: Research council

Molecular Sensors and Molecular Logic Gates (MSMLG)

James, T.

The British Council


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 1987 2018

A simple umbelliferone based fluorescent probe for the detection of nitroreductase

Sedgwick, A. C., Hayden, A., Hill, B., Bull, S. D., Elmes, R. B. P. & James, T. D. 17 Jan 2018 In : Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering. p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citations

Dual-function cellulose composites for fluorescence detection and removal of fluoride

Li, M., Liu, Z., Wang, H. C., Sedgwick, A. C., Gardiner, J. E., Bull, S. D., Xiao, H. N. & James, T. D. 1 Feb 2018 In : Dyes and Pigments. 149, p. 669-675 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Potable water

Fluorescence detection and removal of copper from water using a biobased and biodegradable 2D soft material

Li, M., Liu, Z., Wang, S., Calatayud, D. G., Zhu, W. H., James, T. D., Wang, L., Mao, B. & Xiao, H. N. 7 Jan 2018 In : Chemical Communications. 54, 2, p. 184-187 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Metal ions
Potable water
1 Citations

A 1-hydroxy-2,3,1-benzodiazaborine-containing π-conjugated system: synthesis, optical properties and solvent-dependent response toward anions

Satta, Y., Nishiyabu, R., James, T. D. & Kubo, Y. 13 Apr 2017 In : Tetrahedron. 73, 15, p. 2053-2061 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Dimethyl Sulfoxide
Hydrogen Bonding

A bodipy based hydroxylamine sensor

Sedgwick, A. C., Chapman, R. S. L., Gardiner, J. E., Peacock, L. R., Kim, G., Yoon, J., Bull, S. D. & James, T. D. 25 Sep 2017 In : Chemical Communications. 53, 75, p. 10441-10443

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle



Boronate based fluorescence (ESIPT) probe for peroxynitrite

Sedgwick, A. (Creator), Sun, X. (Creator), Kim, G. (Creator), Yoon, J. (Creator), Bull, S. (Creator), James, T. (Creator), University of Bath, 2016