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Dr James Elliott MA (Cantab) CPhys MInstPhys

Dr James Elliott, MA (Cantab) CPhys MInstPhys

Reader in Macromolecular Materials Science

Fellow, Tutor and Director of Studies in Natural Sciences (Fitzwilliam College)

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 335987


James Elliott is a Reader in Macromolecular Materials in the University of Cambridge, where he carries out research on multiscale computational modelling of soft matter systems, including coarse-grained and molecular modelling of polymers, carbon nanotubes and their composites. He obtained his MA in Natural Sciences (Physics) from Cambridge, and his PhD in Polymer Physics at the University of Bristol. He was a JSPS Invitation Fellow and Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo in 2008, and collaborates with several groups working on CNT synthesis and thermal properties of CNT-polymer composites.

Subject groups/Research projects

Computational Modelling:
Carbon Nanotubes:

I am applying classical and quantum computer simulations to study CNT synthesis by chemical vapour deposition, and the subsequent growth and collapse of tubes in fibre bundles.

Composite Materials:
Bioinspired Materials:

I am directing projects on an EPSRC-funded consortium project entitled "The Interface between Materials and Biology" (MIB), which aims to apply computational modelling to experimental problems involving biological and biomimetic materials. Further information on MIB at:

Granular Materials:

I am directing projects on the compaction and flow of pharmaceutical powders for tablet manufacture, and also binary mixtures of toners for electrophotographic applications.

Carbon Nanotubes Processing:

I work on modelling the mechanical properties (strength and stiffness) of carbon nanotube fibres produced by the direct spinning process.

Physical Characterisation of Nanomaterials:

I am interested in the interpretation of small-angle X-ray diffraction from disordered polymeric and nanomaterials, and using inverse methods, such as Maximum Entropy method, to determine their structures.


  • Macromolecular Materials
  • Quantum Calculations
  • Monte Carlo
  • Carbon Nanotubes
  • Multiscale Modelling
  • Polymers
  • Granular Materials
  • Discrete Element Method
  • Composite Materials
  • Dissipative Particle Dynamics
  • Physical Properties of Fibres
  • Bioinspired Nanomaterials
  • Molecular Dynamics
  • Pharmaceutical Materials

Key Publications

Elliott, J.A., Wu, D.S., Paddison, S.J. and Moore, R.B. "A unified morphological description of Nafion membranes from SAXS and mesoscale simulations", Soft Matter, 7, 6820-6827 (2011).

Cooke, D.J., Eder, D. and Elliott, J.A. "The role of benzyl alcohol in controlling the growth of TiO2 on carbon nanotubes", J. Phys. Chem. C, 114, 2462-2470 (2010).

Wu, D.S., Paddison, S.J. and Elliott, J.A. "Effect of molecular weight on hydrated morphologies of the short-side-chain perfluorosulfonic acid membrane", Macromolecules, 42, 3358-3367 (2009).

Han, L.H., Elliott, J.A., Bentham, A.C., Mills, A., Amidon, G. and Hancock, B.C. "A Modified Drucker-Prager Cap Model for Die Compaction Simulation of Pharmaceutical Powders", Int. J. Solids Struct., 45, 3088-3106 (2008).

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Research Associate (Fixed Term) - 2 positions

May 08, 2017

The Macromolecular Materials Laboratory is seeking two Research Associates to work on the production, characterisation and molecular modelling of polymeric membranes incorporating carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for desalination applications.

Research Assistant (part-time)

May 02, 2017

The Macromolecular Materials Laboratory is looking for a capable and dedicated Research Assistant (Grade 5) to contribute to their work on nanotube characterisation.

Congratulations to Dr Chunlei Pei

Mar 31, 2017

Dr Chunlei Pei wins a Young Researcher Prize for an oral presentation at the UK Particle Technology forum held at University of Birmingham on 29th March 2017.

MML Fajita Lunch

Feb 20, 2017

MML group had a pleasant Fajita Lunch on Friday 17th February 2017. We wish everyone has a fruitful and successful new year.

Multi-scale modelling of carbon nanotube reinforced crosslinked interfaces

Jan 28, 2017

A new paper by James A. Elliott and his Turkish collaborators Elif Ozden-Yenigun and Canan Atilgan is published in Computational Materials Science

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