James Bowen

Lecturer in Materials Engineering (Chemistry)

Open University

An interdisciplinary scientist and engineer whose research interests include surface modification, particle technology, nanometrology, complex fluids, and adhesion. Application areas include the healthcare, personal care, and advanced materials industries. Particular interests in nanomanufacture, intermolecular and interparticle interactions, and innovative methods of characterising complex materials. Director at Bowen Instruments Ltd, which designs and manufactures bespoke scientific instruments and accessories.


  • In situ-forming robust chitosan-poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels prepared by copper-free azide-alkyne click reaction for tissue engineering DOI: 10.1039/c3bm60159e
  • Development of a synovial fluid analogue with bio-relevant rheology for wear testing of orthopaedic implants DOI: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2013.12.009
  • A novel method for monitoring mineralisation in hydrogels at the engineered hard-soft tissue interface DOI: 10.1039/c3bm60102a
  • The effect of temperature on adhesion forces between surfaces and model foods containing whey protein and sugar ISSN: 0260-8774
  • Structural changes to resorbable calcium phosphate bioceramic aged in vitro ISSN: 0927-7765
  • Spherical indentation analysis of stress relaxation for thin film viscoelastic materials ISSN: 0035-4511
  • Optimised determination of viscoelastic properties using compliant measurement systems DOI: 10.1039/c3sm50706h
  • Nitrogen plasma surface modification enhances cellular compatibility of aluminosilicate glass ISSN: 0167-577X
  • Measurement of the adhesion between single melamine-formaldehyde resin microparticles and a flat fabric surface using AFM ISSN: 0169-4243
  • Investigation of techniques for the measurement of articular cartilage surface roughness. DOI: 10.1016/j.micron.2012.06.007
  • Different formation kinetics and photoisomerization behavior of self-assembled monolayers of thiols and dithiolanes bearing azobenzene moieties DOI: 10.1039/c3cp42104j
  • Degradation of polymer films DOI: 10.1039/c2sm26502h
  • Controlling thin liquid film viscosity via modification of substrate surface chemistry DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2012.11.013
  • Controlling gold nanoparticle assembly on electron beam-reduced nitrophenyl self-assembled monolayers via electron dose ISSN: 0927-7757
  • Active screen plasma nitriding enhances cell attachment to polymer surfaces ISSN: 0169-4332
  • A novel water-based cathode ink formulation ISSN: 0360-3199
  • Rapid manufacture of monolithic micro-actuated forceps inspired by echinoderm pedicellariae. DOI: 10.1088/1748-3182/7/4/044001
  • Manufacturing of agarose-based chromatographic adsorbents - Effect of ionic strength and cooling conditions on particle structure and mechanical strength DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2011.10.063
  • Direct e-beam lithography of PDMS DOI: 10.1016/j.mee.2012.02.049
  • Dielectric properties of pulsed-laser deposited indium tin oxide thin films DOI: 10.1016/j.tsf.2012.09.053
  • Characterisation of spin coated engineered Escherichia coli biofilms using atomic force microscopy DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfb.2011.09.007
  • Adhesion of Alumina Surfaces through Confined Water Layers Containing Various Molecules DOI: 10.1021/la2045064
  • A Dynamic Model of the Jump-To Phenomenon During AFM Analysis DOI: 10.1021/la304009c
  • Residual stress analysis of all perovskite oxide cantilevers DOI: 10.1007/s10832-011-9663-6
  • Principles of a micro squeeze flow rheometer for the analysis of extremely small volumes of liquid ISSN: 0960-1317
  • Prediction of Inter-particle Adhesion Force from Surface Energy and Surface Roughness ISSN: 0169-4243
  • Micro squeeze flow rheometer for high frequency analysis of nano-litre volumes of viscoelastic fluid DOI: 10.1016/j.mee.2010.12.032
  • Fabrication and analysis of cylindrical resin AFM microcantilevers DOI: 10.1016/j.ultramic.2011.03.009
  • Engineering Biofilms for Biocatalysis DOI: 10.1002/cbic.201100200
  • Comparing physicochemical properties of printed and hand cast biocements designed for ligament replacement DOI: 10.1179/1743676110Y.0000000012
  • Characteristics and durability of fluoropolymer thin films ISSN: 0141-3910
  • Application of Colloid Probe Atomic Force Microscopy to the Adhesion of Thin Films of Viscous and Viscoelastic Silicone Fluids ISSN: 0743-7463
  • A miniature flow sensor fabricated by micro-stereolithography employing a magnetite/acrylic nanocomposite resin ISSN: 0924-4247
  • Pinning potential in thick PrBa2Cu3Ox/YBa2Cu3O7-delta quasi-multilayers ISSN: 0921-4534
  • On the calibration of rectangular atomic force microscope cantilevers modified by particle attachment and lamination ISSN: 0957-0233
  • Nanodots induced columnar growth of YBa2Cu3Ox films ISSN: 0921-4534
  • Matching the nano- to the meso-scale: Measuring deposit-surface interactions with atomic force microscopy and micromanipulation ISSN: 0960-3085
  • Effect of plasma surface modification on the biocompatibility of UHMWPE DOI: 10.1088/1748-6041/5/5/054102
  • The adhesive properties of pyridine-terminated self-assembled monolayers ISSN: 0040-6090
  • Physicochemical Properties of (Ethylene Glycol)-Containing Self-Assembled Monolayers Relevant for Protein and Algal Cell Resistance ISSN: 0743-7463
  • Microstructure-Property relationships in thin film ITO ISSN: 0040-6090
  • The pH-dependent adhesion of nanoparticles to self-assembled monolayers on gold ISSN: 0040-6090
  • AFM characterisation of silicon-on-insulator push-in plates for Casimir force measurements DOI: 10.1049/mnl:20070067
  • A micromagnetoflowcell for micro-fluidic measurements ISSN: 0167-9317
  • The influence of surface lubricity on the adhesion of Navicula perminuta and Ulva linza to alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2006.0191
  • Fabrication of a nanoparticle gradient substrate by thermochemical manipulation of an ester functionalized SAM ISSN: 0959-9428

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