Dr James A Dawson is a Newcastle University Academic Track Fellow (Reader in Energy Materials from August 2023) in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. His research uses state-of-the-art computational techniques to investigate ion transport and defects in energy materials and their interfaces.
Prior to joining Newcastle University, James was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bath (2016–2019), where he carried out simulations of battery materials with a particular focus on solid electrolytes for solid-state batteries. Before this, he researched materials for resistive random access memories as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge (2016–2019). Following his PhD at the University of Sheffield (2009–2013), working on perovskite materials for electronics, James spent two years at Kyoto University (2013–2015) in Japan as a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow. He worked on a variety of topics, including cathodes and electrolytes for battery and solid oxide fuel cell applications.
James’s research has been recognised by a number of early career awards and prizes, as well as funding from UKRI, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Faraday Institution.