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James Rawlings

James Rawlings


School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Physics and Mathematics


Dr Rawlings is a Lecturer in Physics. Where he teaches on the undergraduate Physics courses at NTU. He currently teaches on the modules:

  • PHYS19003 Year 1 Labs
  • PHYS12913 Mathematical Techniques
  • PHYS12622 Workshop
  • PHYS22514 Digital Techniques (Image Processing)
  • FORE30004  Ballistics & Firearms (Experimental Ballistics)

His research interests are primarily in soft matter, environmental physics and mathematical modelling.

Career overview

2021 - Present: Nottingham Trent University, Lecturer in Physics

2021: University of Birmingham, Research Fellow in Ionospheric Physics

2020: Nottingham Trent University, Research Fellow in Soft Matter

2016 – 2020: Nottingham Trent University, PhD  Physics & Physical Chemistry

2015 – 2016: Nottingham Trent University, MRes Medical & Materials Imaging

2012 – 2015: Nottingham Trent University, BSc (Hons) Physics

Research areas

Dr Rawlings research interests include:

  • Soft matter: colloids, gels, foams and wetting
  • Nanocomposite materials
  • Environmental physics

External activity

Member of the Institute of Physics

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Committee member of the Printing & Graphic Science Interest Group

Member of the UK Fluid Network

Sponsors and collaborators

European Space Agency (ESA): Contract Number 4000130562/20/I-DT.


Rawlings, J.T, Radcliffe TCA, Hunter E, Robinson W & Gao F. The influence of clay exfoliation on its improvement to foam stability. Manuscript in  preparation for submission to Soft Matter.

Kotova, D., Jin, Y., Spogli, L, Wood, A.G., Urbar, J. Rawlings, J.T., Whittaker, I.C., Alfonsi, L., Clausen, L.B.N., Hoeg, P. & Miloch, W.J. Electron density fluctuations from Swarm as a proxy for ground-based scintillation data: A statistical perspective. Under review with Advances in Space Research.

Wood, A.G., Alfonsi, L.,  Claussen, L.B.N., Jin, Y., Spogli, L., Urbar, J., Rawlings, J.T., Whittaker, I.C., Dorrian, G.D., Hoeg, P., Cesaroni, C., Cicone, A., Miedzik, J., Gierlach, E.,  Wojtkicwicz, P., Shahtahmassebi, G. & Miloch, W.J. Variability of Ionospheric Plasma: Results from the ESA Swarm Mission. Space Science Reviews,  218, 52, 2022. DOI: 10.1007/s11214-022-00916-0

Rawlings, J.T. 2020. Developing novel nano-structured dielectric materials using gel coating nanotechnology for energy applications (Doctoral dissertation, Nottingham Trent University).

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