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Prof James Thomason

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Has expertise in:

    Exceptionally qualified Composite Materials Scientist with balanced expertise in fibre reinforcements, sizings, surface & interface science, polymer matrices, composite (re)processing-structure-property relationships, micromechanical and molecular modelling

    Extensive experience leading multifunctional, multicultural, global teams developing and commercializing new and novel fibre and polymer composite products.

    Unique international experience in New Product and New Business Development within the Research Departments of major multinational companies.

    Proven experience of driving successful research and development programmes in cross-cultural environment gained in Belgium, the USA, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK.

    Extensive experience managing the industry-academia research interface from both sides.

    Advocate for the integration of applied fundamental research into industrial product development projects.

    Proven experience building internationally leading composites research team in academia.

    Excellent track record of research funding generation

    Successful set up and management of a large Materials Characterisation Laboratory

    Internationally recognized communicator, authored >150 papers and conference presentations, Chair of 2004 Gordon Conference on Composites.

    Language skills: mother tongue English, bilingual in Dutch, good German, basic French.


A simple chemical approach to regenerating the strength of thermally damaged glass fibre
Bashir S.T., Yang L., Anderson R., Tang P.L., Liggat J.J., Thomason J.L.
Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing Vol 102, pp. 76-87, (2017)
Characterisation of the anisotropic thermoelastic properties of natural fibres for composite reinforcement
Thomason James, Yang Liu, Gentles Fiona
Fibers Vol 5, (2017)
Kinetics of dissolution of glass fibre in hot alkaline solution
Bashir S. T., Yang L., Liggat J. J., Thomason J. L.
Journal of Materials Science, (2017)
ReCoVeR: Regenerating the value and performance of glass fibres thermally recycled from end-of-life and waste GRP
Thomason Jim, Yang L., Jenkins P., Sáez E., Nagel U.
2nd International Composites Congress, (2016)
The usability of recycled carbon fibres in short fibre thermoplastics : interfacial properties
Burn D. T., Harper L. T., Johnson M., Warrior N. A., Nagel U., Yang L., Thomason J.
Journal of Materials Science Vol 51, pp. 7699-7715, (2016)
Regenerating the strength of thermally recycled glass fibres using hot sodium hydroxide
Thomason J. L., Nagel U., Yang L., Sáez E.
Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing Vol 87, pp. 220-227, (2016)

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Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Pender, Kyle
Yang, Liu (Principal Investigator) Thomason, James (Co-investigator) Pender, Kyle (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 01-Apr-2018
Damage Controlled Composite Materials DaCoMat (H2020 RIA)
Thomason, James (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2018 - 31-Dec-2021
Suzlon PhD Project
Thomason, James (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 30-Sep-2020
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Minty, Ross
Thomason, James (Principal Investigator) Yang, Liu (Co-investigator) Minty, Ross (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2014 - 01-Feb-2018
EPSRC DOCTORAL TRAINING GRANT | Rudeiros Fernandez, Jose Luis
Thomason, James (Principal Investigator) Liggat, John (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2011 - 17-Feb-2017
Towards Affordable, Closed-Loop Recyclable Future Low Carbon Vehicle Structures (TARF-LCF) | Nagel, Ulf
Thomason, James (Principal Investigator) Liggat, John (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 25-Aug-2016

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
James Weir Building

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