Professor Bryony James

BEng(Hons) Bath, PhD, MRSNZ


I received my undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Bath, England in 1993 and my PhD in Materials Engineering at the University of Auckland in 1998.

I am currently a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering with a research and teaching focus on Materials Science.  

Research | Current

My research is based on characterising material structure and composition, at a variety of length scales, and since 2005 I have developed a research programme in the structure of food based materials, in particular the influence of microstructure on food properties. I am particularly interested in developing the appropriate tools and techniques that allow us to investigate the macro-, micro- and nano-structures present in manufactured and natural food products.

My current research projects include examining the impact of food structure on oral breakdown, work that began as part of the “Food Structure Platform” in conjunction with Plant and Food Research and Massey University. Amongst other projects my research group is looking at the impact of food structure and textural complexity on satiation and satiety. I have a PhD student conducting a project examining chocolate structure and rheology, and smaller projects on meat structure and tenderness are ongoing. In conjunction with Pernod Ricard NZ, and with collaboration from the University of Bath, one of my PhD students is looking at novel ways of removing proteins from wine. 

Research groups


Teaching | Current

  • CHEMMAT 121 - Materials Science
  • CHEMMAT 724 - Advanced Materials Characterisation


Postgraduate supervision

Current Doctoral students:

  • Huanhuan Zhao, Chocolate structure/property relationships
  • Philip Herrington, Diffusion and reaction of oxygen in bitumen films.
  • Yilin Li, Chocolate, oral processing and functional ingredients
  • Yilin Zhong, Textural complexity and satiation


Recipient of Ako Aotearoa National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award, 2013


Deputy Dean (Research), Faculty of Engineering

Areas of expertise

  • Relating food structure to food functional properties (texture and nutrition)
  • Materials Characterisation
  • Surface Science and Engineering

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary location

Level 5, Room 505
New Zealand

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