Role in the Centre
Currently, James’ research interests fall into 2 broad categories which form different aspects of the of the Soft Matter theme that he leads with Kathryn Fairfull-Smith. The first is in the field of free radical chemistry which have included aspects of free radical synthesis, EPR spectroscopy, photo-initiated radical reactions, radical degradation of polymers via oxidative pathways, controlled radical polymerisation and, most recently, radicals for energy storage (i.e. organic batteries). James has achieved a high level of success which has been fuelled by extremely strong and productive collaborations with both internal, national and international experts within the field. The second broad research area is around the use of light as an alternative stimulus to heat that allows chemical reactions to take place. This adds an extra dimension to the reactions that can take place, which we now have spatial control as well as temporal control. This is a long standing collaboration that has been undertaken with Centre co-CI Christopher Barner-Kowollik and the QUT Soft Matter Materials laboratory is widely regarded as one of the world leading facility in this field.
James graduated from Queensland University of Technology, Australia, in 2009 with a PhD in organic chemistry. In 2009 he held a postdoctoral position working on polymer synthesis for next generation photoresists at the Centre for Magnetic Resonance (CMR) and the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) at the University of Queensland. In 2010, he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt research fellowship to work at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany with Prof Christopher Barner-Kowollik. He is currently employed as a Senior Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology and is currently the head of QUT’s Soft Matter Materials Laboratory, now one of the world’s premier macromolecular laboratories. James has established himself as a rising leader in radical and polymer chemistry in Australia. He has published 4 invited book chapters, 86 peer-reviewed journal publications and 3 patents and been cited 1700 times. He has a h-index of 25, and my field weighted citation impact is 1.53 in chemistry and 2.15 in materials science. He has been the recipient of The David Sangster Polymer Science and Technology Achievement Award for outstanding mid-career polymer scientist and the Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award.
“Catalyst Free Visible Light Induced Cycloaddition as an Avenue for Polymer Ligation” Lederhose, P., Wuest, K.N.R., Barner-Kowollik, C., Blinco, J.P. ChemComm 2016, 52(35), 5928-2931.
“Nitroxide Radical Polymers-A Versatile Material Class for High-Tech Applications” Hansen, K.-A., Blinco, J.P. Polym. Chem. 2018, 9(13) 1479-1516. (Top 10 most downloaded article in Polymer Chemistry for 2018)
“New Spin on Organic Radical Batteries-An Isoindoline Nitroxide-Based High-Voltage Cathode Material” Hansen, K.-A., Nerkar, J., Thomas, K., Bottle, S.E., O’Mullane, A.P., Talbot, P.C., Blinco, J.P. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2018, 10(9), 7982-88.
“Light-Controlled Orthogonal Covalent Bond Formation at Two Different Wavelengths” Menzel, J.P., Feist, F., Tuten, B., Weil, T., Blinco, J.P., Barner-Kowollik, C. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58(22), 7470-74
“A Methoxyamine‐Protecting Group for Organic Radical Battery Materials—An Alternative Approach” Hansen, K.-A., Chambers, L.C., Eing, M., Barner-Kowollik, C., Fairfull-Smith, K.E., Blinco, J.P. ChemSusChem 2020, 13, 2386-93.