Tony James

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

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1987 …2022
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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, Ewha Womans University and is a Hai-Tian (Sea-Sky) Scholar at Dalian University of Technology.

He has published over 305 publications, including two books, 9 book chapters and 294 papers in international peer reviewed journals. He is also the named inventor on 25 international patents. He has delivered 240 invited lectures within the UK and internationally. Citation statistics indicate that one of his publications has been cited over 700 times, two over 500, five over 300, seventeen over 200 times, thirty-three over 100, and 82 over 50, with a total of >15.228 citations at a frequency of >50 citations per article. He has an h-index of 64 (October 2019 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.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, University of Victoria

Bachelor of Science, University of East Anglia

External positions

Adjunct Professor, Ewha Womans University

1 Jan 2020 → …

Guest Ptofessor, Qufu Normal University, Qufu Normal Uviversity

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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Fluorescence Engineering & Materials Science
Boronic Acids Medicine & Life Sciences
Sensors Engineering & Materials Science
Imaging techniques Engineering & Materials Science
Fluorophores Engineering & Materials Science
Glucose Engineering & Materials Science
Boron Engineering & Materials Science
Sugars Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2005 2022

Research Output 1987 2020

299 Citations (Scopus)

In vivo and in situ tracking cancer chemotherapy by highly photostable NIR fluorescent theranostic prodrug

Wu, X., Sun, X., Guo, Z., Tang, J., Shen, Y., James, T. D., Tian, H. & Zhu, W., 5 Mar 2014, In : Journal of the American Chemical Society. 136, 9, p. 3579-3588 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Infrared radiation
36 Citations (Scopus)
109 Downloads (Pure)

“Integrated” and “insulated” boronate-based fluorescent probes for the detection of hydrogen peroxide

Sun, X., Xu, S., Flower, S. E., Fossey, J. S., Qian, X. & James, T. D., 28 Sep 2013, In : Chemical Communications. 49, 75, p. 8311-8313 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Fluorescent Dyes
Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide

Activity-Based Sensing: Achieving Chemical Selectivity through Chemical Reactivity

Chang, C. J., James, T. D., New, E. J. & Tang, B. Z., 21 Jan 2020, In : Accounts of Chemical Research. 53, 1, p. 1 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

A fluorogenic probe for tracking GSH flux in developing neurons

Zong, H., Peng, J., Li, X. R., Liu, M., Hu, Y., Li, J., Zang, Y., Li, X. & James, T. D., 7 Jan 2020, In : Chemical communications (Cambridge, England). 56, 4, p. 515-518 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

A Three-Component Derivatization Protocol for Determining the Enantiopurity of Sulfinamides by 1H and 19F NMR Spectroscopy

Groleau, R. R., Chapman, R. S. L., Ley-Smith, H., Liu, L., James, T. D. & Bull, S. D., 17 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Organic Chemistry. 85, 2, p. 1208-1215

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


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


A Simple Protocol for NMR Analysis of the Enantiomeric Excess of Chiral Diols Using an Achiral Diboronic Acid Template

Tickell, D. (Creator), Lampard, E. (Creator), Lowe, J. (Creator), James, T. (Creator), Bull, S. (Creator), University of Bath, 2016


Data from "A bodipy based hydroxylamine sensor"

James, T. (Creator), Sedgwick, A. (Creator), University of Bath, 2017



Benzoxaboroles and Boronic Acids for Sensing Applications

Author: Lampard, E., 12 Jan 2018

Supervisor: James, T. (Supervisor) & Bull, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Carbohydrate Directed Photoaffinity Labelling

Author: Fowle, C., 24 Jan 2018

Supervisor: James, T. (Supervisor) & Bull, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Chemical modification of polysulfone

Author: Cox, O., 25 Jun 2013

Supervisor: Perera, S. (Supervisor) & James, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Conformational Bidentate Fluorescent Sensors for Small Halide Anions

Author: Galbraith, E., 1 Jan 2010

Supervisor: James, T. (Supervisor) & Davidson, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Core-Shell Functionalised Carbon Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Electrochemistry, and Fluorescence

Author: Lawrence, K., 19 Jun 2013

Supervisor: Marken, F. (Supervisor) & James, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD