Department of Chemistry

Professor Tony James receives prestigious Royal Society award

Wed May 03 14:07:00 BST 2017

Professor Tony James has been awarded a 2017 Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

The award recognises scientists of outstanding achievement and provides support to enable them to continue their work in the UK.

tony-jamesTony has developed a broad interdisciplinary approach to research, with a focus on the development of modular sensors where he has pioneered a range of reporting regimes.

Currently, his research is directed towards the development of novel sensors and imaging agents for diseases associated with ageing.

An ageing population causes two main problems: less tax revenue and more spending on social welfare, and healthcare thus posing an unprecedented challenge to modern society.

Consequently, the long term goal is to develop point-of-care diagnostic devices to address non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and cancer. This will serve to reduce the health costs associated with an ageing population and help increase the quality of life of the general population.

Tony has been a visiting professor at several Japanese universities and an AMADEus invited professor at the University of Bordeaux. He is currently a guest professor at numerous Chinese universities.

In 2013 he was recognised for his role in developing networks with Japan by the award of a Daiwa-Adrian Prize and in 2015 he received the Inaugural CASE Prize for establishing and developing networks with China.

Tony said: "I am over the moon to receive this prestigious award from the Royal Society, the Wolfson award will allow me to continue to develop molecular chemosensors into useable devices and will open up new and exciting avenues of interdisciplinary collaborative research.

"I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the students and collaborators without whose support the research on which this Award was based would not have been possible."