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Tony D James is a Professor at the University of Bath and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. 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
  • fluorescent sensor design
  • fluorescence imaging
  • theranostic systems
  • chiral recognition
  • saccharide recognition
  • anion recognition
  • sensors for reactive oxygen species (ROS)
  • probes for redox imbalance

He received his BSc from the University of East Anglia (1986), PhD from the University of Victoria (1991), and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Japan with Seiji Shinkai (1992-95). He was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at the University of Birmingham (1995-2000) before moving to the University of Bath in 2000.

He has been a visiting professor at Tsukuba, Osaka, Kyushu and Sophia 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, Zhejiang University, Qufu Normal University, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Shanghai Normal University, Ewha Womans University, Henan Normal University, Engineering Research Centre for Hainan Bio-Smart Materials and Bio-Smart Devices, and is a Hai-Tian (Sea-Sky) Scholar at Dalian University of Technology.

He has wide-ranging experience within the field of supramolecular chemistry having published over 455 publications, including 3 books, 9 book chapters and 443 papers in international peer reviewed journals. He is also the named inventor on 25 international patents. He has delivered 256 invited lectures within the UK and internationally. Citation statistics indicate that one of his publications has been cited over 1,000 times, four over 500, nine over 400, eighteen over 300, twenty-seven over 200 times, forty-eight over 100, and 132 over 50, with a total of > 25,197 citations at a frequency of >55 citations per article. He has an h-index of 86 (ORCID 0000-0002-4095-2191).

He received the Daiwa-Adrian Prize for developing scientific networks with Japan in 2013, the inaugural CASE Prize for establishing scientific networks with China in 2015, the MSMLG Czarnik Award in 2018, the Frontiers in Chemistry Diversity Award in 2020, a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2017-2022), is an Ewha Womans University Global Fellow and is listed by Clarivate as a Highly Cited Researcher in Chemistry (2022).

Other responsibilities

Editor for Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical (Since 2022)

Specialty Chief Editor Supramolecular Chemistry, Frontiers in Chemistry (Since 2017)

Associate Editor of Smart Molecules (since 2022)

Member of Editorial Board of Frontiers in Chemical Science and Engineering (Since 2019)

Member of Editorial Board of Supramolecular Chemistry (Since 2013)

Member of Editorial Board of Acta Materia Medica (Since 2021)

Member of Editorial Advisory Board of Sensors and Diagnostics (Since 2022)

Member of Editorial Advisory Board of Tetrahedron Chem (Since 2021)

Member of Editorial Advisory Board of Aggregate (Since 2021)

Member of Editorial Board of Chemistry Central (2007-2015)

Member of Editorial Board of Open Organic Chemistry (2007-2010)

Section Editor for Organic Chemistry with Chemistry Central (2010-2015)

Member of Editorial Board of BMC Chemistry (2019-2023)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, Structure-Activity Studies of Ion Channel Mimics, University of Victoria

Award Date: 1 Jan 1991

Bachelor of Science, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 1986

External positions

Visiting Professor, Engineering Research Centre for Hainan Bio-Smart Materials and Bio-Smart Devices

Mar 2023 → …

Guest Professor, Henan Normal University

Dec 2020 → …

Adjunct Professor, Ewha Womans University

Jan 2020 → …

Guest Professor, Shanghai Normal University

Dec 2019 → …

Guest Professor, Beijing University of Chemical Technology

May 2019 → …

Guest Ptofessor, Qufu Normal University, Qufu Normal Uviversity

Mar 2019 → …

Visiting Professor, Sophia University

Apr 2018Jul 2018

Guest Professor, Zhejiang University, Zhejiang University

2018 → …

Guest Professor, Changzhou University

2017 → …

Guest Professor, Shaanxi University of Science and Technology

2016 → …

AMADEus Invited Professor, University of Bordeaux

May 2015Jun 2015

Concurrent Professor, Nanjing University

2013 → …

Guest Professor, Shandong Normal University

2011 → …

Hai-Tian Scholar, Dalian University of Technology

2010 → …

Guest Professor, East China University of Science and Technology

2010 → …

Guest Professor, Xiamen University

2010 → …

Visiting Professor (JSPS), Kyushu University

Jan 2008Mar 2008

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

Jul 2005

Visiting Professor, University of Tsukuba

Jan 2005Feb 2005


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


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