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Prof James Elliott MA (Cantab) CPhys MInstPhys

Prof James Elliott, MA (Cantab) CPhys MInstPhys

Professor of Macromolecular Materials Science

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

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 335987


James Elliott is Professor of 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
  • Synthesis of Nanomaterials
  • Granular Materials
  • Nanostructured Materials
  • Discrete Element Method
  • Composite Materials
  • Molecular Dynamics
  • Dissipative Particle Dynamics
  • Physical Properties of Fibres
  • Bioinspired Nanomaterials
  • High Performance Fibres
  • 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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We would like to welcome Philipp Kloza, Ben Seddon and Yoshitake Suganuma as new PhD students to the group. Thank James for the cupcakes!

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