The prestigious list features researchers who have demonstrated significant and broad influence in their field. Of the 6,849 researchers included this year, Professor James is the only academic from the University of Bath and one of just three UK chemists to be recognised in the field of Chemistry.
Each year, Highly Cited Researchers are selected from citation data of papers published in the preceding 11 years. Authors ranking in the top 1% by citation in papers in their field are gathered into a preliminary list. This initial list of highly cited authors is then refined using qualitative analysis and expert judgement.
Professor James is recognised for his broad, interdisciplinary approach to research, with an underpinning focus on the development of fluorescent molecules. His research interests include chiral recognition, saccharide recognition, anion recognition, imaging agents, probes for redox imbalance and theranostic systems.
The impact of his work on these topics has been seen in a diverse range of areas, including water security, biomass utilization, and the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases. Particular diseases of interest that this research has targeted include those associated with aging, such as diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and many different forms of cancer.
Speaking on his inclusion on the list, Professor James said: “I am delighted to be listed as a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher and am indebted to PhD and Postdoctoral researchers from my group at Bath, as well as outstanding collaborators from around the world. Without them, this accolade would not be possible.”
Of the world’s population of scientists and social scientists, Highly Cited Researchers™ are 1 in 1,000.