Dr James P. Ewen

Tribology & Hair

Imperial College London


Dr James P. Ewen is a Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Research Fellow in the Tribology Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

James uses supercomputers to study solid-liquid interfaces with molecular simulations. He studies complex formulations to identify links between their nanoscale behaviour and macroscale performance. His research is highly interdisciplinary in nature and is of direct relevance to industry.

In 2022, he received the inaugural Wen Shizhu Maple Leaf Award – International Young Scholar Award from the Stake Key Laboratory of Tribology at Tsinghua University. In 2020, he was awarded a RAEng Research Fellowship for the project ‘Controlling Friction through Molecular Engineering’. He was awarded the Innovation in Tribology Award by the Institute of Physics (IOP) in 2019 and the Tribology Bronze Medal in 2018 by the IMechE. In 2017, he received a Doctoral Prize Fellowship from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). In the same year, he was awarded the Margaret Fishenden Centenary Memorial Prize for the best PhD Thesis in the Department of Mechanical Engineering over the previous five-year period.