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Prof Michael James

Senior Principal Research Scientist

Role at ANSTO

Professor Michael James received his B.Sc from the University of Sydney, and PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Cambridge (UK), where he investigated new classes of magnetic and superconducting ceramics.  Postdoctoral positions followed at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UK), and the University of Nagoya (Japan). 

He built Australia’s first neutron reflectometer at the 10 MW HIFAR reactor at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), and developed a SAXS and X-ray reflectometry facility, before leading the design, construction and operation of the $4 million PLATYPUS time-of-flight neutron reflectometer at Australia’s OPAL 20 MW research reactor. 

Other roles at ANSTO included leading the Chemical Deuteration Laboratory and in 2007 he was appointed a visiting Professor with the School of Chemistry at the University of New South Wales.  In January 2013, he took-up the role of Head of Science at the Australian Synchrotron.

During his career he has worked in numerous areas of neutron and X-ray scattering, including instrumentation, solid state chemistry, 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 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers.