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Dr. Sandy (Alexander) Dennis James

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 3438078
Email address: cmaj(at)
Room: 1.56 Chemistry West

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Sandy read his MChem at the University of Edinburgh, where he briefly studied transparent conducting materials (during a year at Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea) and reactive nitrogen compound in Edinburgh rain water.

These interests in materials and atmospheric chemistry led Sandy to a PhD in heterogeneous kinetics at the University of Leeds, looking at the impact of meteoric materials in planetary atmospheres as part of the 5 year CODITA project. This project has been carried forward to postdoctoral research focusing on heterogeneous nucleation in polar stratospheric clouds.


MChem - University of Edinburgh - 2012

PhD - University of Leeds - 2017

Selected Publications

James, A. D., D. R. Moon, W. Feng, P. S. J. Lakey, V. L. Frankland, D. E. Heard, and J. M. C. Plane (2017), The uptake of HO2 on meteoric smoke analogues, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122, 554–565, doi:10.1002/2016JD025882.

James, Alexander (2016) Impacts of Meteoric Material on Earth's Atmosphere: Laboratory studies with Atmospheric Implications. PhD thesis, University of Leeds. URL:

James, A.D., et al., Synthesis and characterisation of analogues for interplanetary dust and meteoric smoke particles. J. Atmos. Sol.-Terr. Phys. (2016),