Tony James

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

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Tony D James is a Professor at the University of Bath and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, who currently holds a prestigious Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. (2017-2022). 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 (1991-95). He was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at the University of Birmingham (1995-2000) before moving to the University of Bath in 2001.

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 and is a Hai-Tian (Sea-Sky) Scholar at Dalian University of Technology.

He has published over 355 publications, including two books, 9 book chapters and 344 papers in international peer reviewed journals. He is also the named inventor on 25 international patents. He has delivered 246 invited lectures within the UK and internationally. Citation statistics indicate that one of his publications has been cited over 800 times, three over 500, five over 400, eleven over 300, twenty two over 200 times, thirty-eight over 100, and 97 over 50, with a total of > 18,437 citations at a frequency of >51citations per article. He has an h-index of 71 (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, and the MSMLG Czarnik Award in 2018.

Other responsibilities

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

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 BMC Chemistry (Since 2019)

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

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

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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, University of Victoria

Award Date: 1 Jan 1991

Bachelor of Science, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 1986

External positions

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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