Department of Materials


Dr Jamieson Christie BA, MSci, PhD

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Senior Lecturer

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor


Jamie read for his undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, specialising in Physics.  He stayed at Cambridge to do a PhD in the Department of Chemistry on the structure of amorphous materials, graduating in 2006.

He was then a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, before coming back to the UK in 2008 to take up a post at the Department of Chemistry in University College London, working on the computer simulation of bioactive silicate and phosphate glasses for medical applications.  In 2013, he was promoted to Senior Research Fellow.

Jamie joined the Department of Materials in February 2015 as a Lecturer in the field of ceramic biomaterials, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018.


  • PhD Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, 2006
  • MSci, BA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, 2002

Outline of main research interests:

  • Amorphous and glassy materials for biomedical applications
  • Computer simulation of glass and ceramic materials
  • Relationships between atomic structure and bioactivity
  • Understanding thermal conductivity of solid materials
  • Development of interatomic force fields for accurate simulation

Grants and contracts:

  • 2020-23 “Computer modelling of biomaterial dissolution”, Leverhulme Trust
  • 2018-22, “High-end computing Materials Chemistry Consortium”, EPSRC
  • 2018-22, “Computer modelling of the thermal conductivity of polymer systems”, PhD studentship
  • 2017-21, “Hybrid scaffolds incorporating bioactive ceramics/polymers”, NPIF PhD studentship
  • 2014-16, “Computer-aided design of degradable Mg-based metallic glasses for safe medical implantation”, EPSRC



Current teaching responsibilities:

  • MPA017 Engineering Materials
  • MPA221 Thermodynamics and Its Applications
  • MPB231 Biomaterials
  • MPB311 Materials Modelling
  • MPP509 Advances in Biomaterials
  • MPP556 Materials Modelling

Current administrative responsibilities:

  • University Assessor

Recent Publications:

  • A. Touré, E. Mele, J. K. Christie, “Multi-layer scaffolds of poly(Caprolactone), poly(glycerol sebacate) and bioactive glasses manufactured by combined 3d printing and electrospinning,” Nanomaterials 10, 626 (2020)
  • A. Touré, E. Mele, J. K. Christie, “Atomic-scale clustering inhibits the bioactivity of fluoridated phosphate glasses”, Biomedical Glasses 5, 76 (2019)
  • “The role of fluoride in the nanoheterogeneity of bioactive glasses”, J. K. Christie, D. S. Brauer, Phys. Chem. Glasses 58, 180-86 (2017)
  • “Structures and properties of phosphate-based glasses from computer simulation: A review”, J. K. Christie, R. I. Ainsworth, S. E. Ruiz Hernandez, N. H. de Leeuw, J. Mater. Chem. B 5, 5297-5306 (2017)
  • “Atomic structure of Mg-based metallic glasses from molecular dynamics and neutron diffraction”, A. Gulenko, L. Forto Chungong, J. Gao, I. Todd, R. A. Martin, J. K. Christie, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 19, 8504-15 (2017)
  • “Bioactive Sol–Gel Glasses at the Atomic Scale: the Complementary Use of Advanced Probe and Computer Modelling Methods”, J. K. Christie, A. N. Cormack, J. V. Hanna, R. A. Martin, R. J. Newport, D. M. Pickup, M. E. Smith, Int. J. Glass. Sci. 7, 147-53 (2016)

Selected Publications:

  • Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of structural changes associated with the incorporation of fluorine in bioactive phosphate glasses”, J. K. Christie, R. I. Ainsworth, N. H. de Leeuw, Biomaterials 35, 6164-71 (2014)
  • “Fluorine environment in bioactive glasses: ab initio molecular dynamics simulations”, J. K. Christie, A. Pedone, M. C. Menziani, A. Tilocca, J. Phys. Chem. B 115, 2038-45 (2011)
  • “Aluminosilicate glasses as yttrium vectors for in situ radiotherapy: Understanding composition-durability effects through molecular dynamics simulations”, J. K. Christie, A. Tilocca, Chem. Mater. 22, 3725-34 (2010)

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External Collaborators: 

  • Aston University
  • Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • University of Nottingham
  • Shanghai University

External roles and appointments:

  • Executive Committee member and Biomaterials theme leader, UK High-performance Computing Materials Chemistry Consortium
  • Member, Technical Committee 04 (Bioglasses), International Commission on Glass
  • Member, Basic Science and Technology Committee, Society for Glass Technology
  • Member, ESPRC Peer Review College

Professional affiliations:

  • Member, Society for Glass Technology