James Phimister was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  James completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where he obtained first class honours in his Bachelors of Chemical Engineering.

James remained at the University of Edinburgh,  where he completed a Masters (by research). During this period James was a full time employee of the University of Edinburgh and a member of the ECOSSE group. In the group, his interests were in reaction engineering and the synthesis of complex reactor-separator systems.

Since 1995,  James has pursued a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He received an additional Masters of Chemical Engineering (by coursework) in 1996. His research interests include the semi-continuous operation of distillation units. Further information can be obtained from the James Phimister home page.  A list of his publications, all of which are downloadable, can be obtained through this link. 

updated 10/7/98