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Professor James Njuguna

Biography Professor James Njuguna is the Strategic Lead for Engineering Research and Professor of Composite Materials at RGU. He is also the Lead for Integrated Marine Energy Systems Programme at the National Subsea Centre (NSC).

He was instrumental to securing and delivering the biggest strategic research unit into the University, the £40 million investment National Subsea Centre, as the University Academic Lead working with Prof Paul de Leeuw and many other stakeholders in planning and establishment of the NSC and finally securing its future at RGU.

Prof Njuguna's research is focused on experimental research on composite materials reinforcement, toughness, materials design and selection; and structural-property relationship. Structural composites research is focused on industrial applications such as engineeirng desing, evaluation of composites integrity and durability evaluation primary structural applications in impact resistance and energy absorption management.

He has delivered over >90 engineering research projects (small-large scale) worth >£22m funding; with in-kind and equipment support worth over >£10m (as Principal Investigator for 70% of them). He has developed several commercialised solutions and products plus published widely in composites, nanocomposites and structural integrity issues specifically focusing on damage, failure analysis, vibration, impact and crash performance in real life products and system applications.

A side stream of his research is a focus on exploiting materials failure behaviour to investigate emission/diffusion/release of nanofillers from polymer fibre-reinforced nanocomposites which contributes to research on their durability and on furthering NanoSafety of nanomaterials to human and environmental health.
Research Interests Lead of the Advanced Materials Research Group

Composite Materials
Automotive Materials
Polymer Nanocomposites
Structural Materials
Safety Materials and Structures
Impact and Ballistic resistance performance
Teaching and Learning Engineering Product Design
Finite Element Analysis
Causal Chain Analyis
Learning from Engineering Design Failure
Composite Materials
Material and Manufacturing
ResearcherID A-9486-2010
Scopus Author ID 6602342165