James Dolan

Dr James Dolan
Research Fellow, Financial Tutor
Science Communication

James' scientific research lies at the intersection of nanophotonics and soft matter physics. He investigates ways to use the (directed) self-assembly of liquid crystals and block copolymers to create two- and three-dimensional optical metasurfaces and metamaterials with dynamically reconfigurable optical properties. With respect to science communication, James is interested in how scientists’ conceptions of science—what it is, how it works, and what its for—affect how and why they communicate their science, and in reconciling the lived experience of scientist-communicators with the scholarly literature on science communication. In particular, he focuses on science communication with policy makers, working in collaboration with the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP); and, together with students in Cambridge and collaborators at Brunel University London, investigates improv comedy as a novel public engagement technique.

Phone: 39728 (01223 331 9728)
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An alphabetically ordered list of all the current Fellows at King's, along with their subject and contact information.