Dr Alexander (Sandy) D. James

Dr Alexander (Sandy) D. James


After recieving my MChem from Edinburgh in 2012, I came to Leeds to work for my PhD with Professor John Plane. After a brief Teaching and Research fellowship, I am now undertaking a Research Fellowship. I engage with teaching in the School of Chemistry and lead the Physical Section's internal seminar series.

Research interests

I am a heterogeneous kineticist. I use a variety of techniques to probe the rates of processes which involve materials of two different phases. During my PhD, I applied this to investigating the impact which meteoric material has as it sediments through the atmospheres of Earth, Venus and Titan. I am also involved in an exciting project involving catalytic processing of vehicle NOx emissions.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD atmospheric chemistry, University of Leeds
  • Master of environmental and sustainable chemistry, University of Edinburgh

Student education

In 2016/17 I acted as physical chemistry teaching fellow. This involved tutoring several groups, demonstrating in physical laboratories for level 1 and 2 students and giving a foundation level lecture set. I now supervise several BSc and MCHEM research projects and have applied for FHEA status.