BSc Hons (KCL);  DPhil (Oxford)

Academic background

I secured my BSc (first class) in Chemistry from King's College London and completed my DPhil at Oxford in 1998. I was Tutor in Inorganic Chemistry & Extraordinary Junior Research Fellow at The Queen's College, Oxford from 1998 to 2003 and Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at Jesus College, Oxford from 2001 to 2003. I became a University Lecturer in Chemistry and Official Student and Tutor in Chemistry at Christ Church, Oxford in 2003, being made University Reader in Chemistry in 2008, Dr Lees Reader and Senior Subject Tutor at Christ Church in 2006, and Full Professor of Chemistry in 2015. 

Undergraduate teaching

I have more than 25 years' experience of tutoring undergraduate Chemists. 

Research interests

My research focuses on functional molecular interfaces, nanoparticles in molecular imaging, electroanalysis, electron transfer, and supramolecular chemistry and diagnostics. I am an academic founder of Osler Diagnostics (named after William Osler, an old member of the House and widely regarded as a founding father of medicine), a company based in the centre of Oxford pioneering the development of state of the art diagnostic technology.

Featured publications

J. Zhao, J. J.  Davis, M. S. P.  Sansom, A. Hung, Exploring the electronic and mechanical properties of protein by conducting atomic force microscopy, J. American Chemical Society, 2004, 126, 5601-5609.

J.J. Davis, D.A. Morgan, C.L. Wrathmell, D.N. Axford, J. Zhao, N. Wang, Molecular Bioelectronics, J. Materials Chemistry, 2005, 15, 2160-2174. 

J.J. Davis, K.S. Coleman, K.L. Busuttil, C.B. Bagshaw, Spatially resolved Suzuki coupling reaction initiated and controlled using a catalytic AFM probe, J. American Chemical Society, 2005, 127, 13082-13083. 

J.J. Davis, K.L. Busuttil, C.B. Bagshaw, Y. Hanyu, Spatially controlled Suzuki and Heck catalytic coupling, J. American Chemical Society, 2006, 128, 14135-14141. 

J.J. Davis, H. Burgess, T. Aartsma, G.W. Canters, Monitoring interfacial bioelectrochemistry using a FRET switch, J. Phys. Chem. B., 2006, 110, 41, 20649-20654. 

J. M. Salverda, A. V. Patil, G. Mizzon, S. Kuznetsova, G. Zauner, N. Akkilic, G. W. Canters, J. J. Davis, H. A. Heering, and T. J. Aartsma, Fluorescent cyclic voltammetry of immobilized azurin:  a direct observation of thermodynamic and kinetic heterogeneity, Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. Engl., 2010, 49, 5776-5779.

J.J. Davis, A. Patil, Visualising and tuning thermodynamic dispersion in metalloprotein monolayers, J. American Chemical Society. 2010, 132, 16938-16944.

A.V. Patil, O. Berthoumieu, A. Watts, J.J. Davis, Molecular scale conductance photoswitching in engineered bacteriorhodopsin, Nanoletters, 2012, 12, 899-903.

T. Bryan, X. Luo, L. Forsgren, L. Morozova-Roche, J.J. Davis, The robust electrochemical detection of a Parkinsons marker in whole blood sera, Chemical Science, 2012, 3 (12), 3468 - 3473. 

X. Luo, M. Xu, C. Freeman, T. James, J.J. Davis, Ultrasensitive label free electrical detection of insulin in neat blood serum, Analytical Chemistry, 2013, 85, 4129-4134. 

X.Luo, J.J. Davis, Electrical biosensors and the label free detection of protein disease biomarkers, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013, 42, 13, 5944-5962.

J. Lehr, O. Blackburn, T. Lang, T. Baranedt, S. Faulkner, J.J. Davis, P.D. Beer, Anion sensing by solution and surfaced-assembled osmium (II) bipyridyl rotaxanes, Chemistry-A European. Journal., 2013, 19, 15898- 15906.

A label free redox capacitance biosensor, Flávio C. Bedatty Fernandes, Márcio S. Góes, Jason J. Davis, Paulo R. Bueno, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2013, 50, 437-440. 

G. Davies, I. Kramberger, J.J. Davis, Environmentally Responsive MRI Contrast Agents, Chemical Communications, 2013, 49, 9704-9721.

W. Huang, G. Davies, J.J. Davis, Engineering biomodified silica nanoparticles to induce programmed cell death, Chemistry-A European Journal, 2013, 19, 17891-17898.

P.R. Bueno, T. Benites, M. Góes, J.J. Davis, A facile measurement of heterogeneous electron transfer kinetics, Analytical Chemistry, 2013, 85, 10920-10926.

P.R Bueno, J.J. Davis, Elucidating redox level dispersion and local dielectric effects within electroactive molecular films, Analytical Chemistry, 2014, 86, 1997-2004.

P. Bueno, J.J. Davis, Measuring Quantum Capacitance in Energetically Addressable Molecular Layers, Analytical Chemistry, 2014, 86, 1337-1341.

J. Lehr, G. Hobhouse, F.C. Bedatty-Fernandez, M. Santos, P.R. Bueno, J.J. Davis, Label free capacitative diagnostics: exploiting the quantised charging of local redox probes, Analytical Chemistry, 2014, 86, 2559-2564.

J. Lehr, S.F. Faulkner, P.D. Beer, J.J. Davis, Exploiting lanthanide luminescence in supramolecular assemblies, Chemical Communications, 2014, 50, 5678-5687.

Q. Xu, J.J. Davis, An Impedimetric Assay of α-Synuclein Autoantibodies in Early Stage Parkinsons, RSC Advances, 2014, 4, 58773-58777.

X. Luo, Q. Xu, T. James, J.J. Davis, Redox and Label-Free Array Detection of Protein Markers in Human Serum, Anal. Chem., 2014, 86 (11), 5553–5558. 

A.V. Patel, F. Bedatty-Fernandez, P.R. Bueno, J.J. Davis, Immittance electroanalysis in diagnostic assaying, Analytical Chemistry, 2015, 87,944-950. 

G. Davies, A. Brown, O. Blackburn, M. Tropiano, S. Faulkner, P.D. Beer, J.J. Davis, Ligation driven 19F relaxation enhancement in self assembled Ln(III) complexes, Chemical Communications, 2015, 51, 2918-2920.

Q.Xu, H. Cheng, J. Lehr, J.J. Davis, Graphene oxide interfaces in serum based autoantibody detection, Analytical Chemistry, 2015, 87, 346-350.

P.R. Bueno, G.T. Feliciano, J.J. Davis, Capacitance spectroscopy and density functional theory, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2015, 17, 9375-9382.

J. Lehr, M. Tropiano, P.D. Beer, S.F. Faulkner, J.J. Davis, Reversibly redox switchable lanthanide emissive interfaces, Chemical Communications, 2015, 51, 6515 – 6517.

J. Lehr, S. Faulkner, P.D. Beer, J.J. Davis, Ratiometric oxygen sensing using lanthanide luminescent emitting interfaces, Chemical Communications, 2015, 51, 15944-15947.

J. Lehr, M. Tropiano, P.D. Beer, S.F. Faulkner, J.J. Davis, Reversibly redox switchable lanthanide emissive interfaces, Chemical Communications, 2015, 51, 6515 – 6517.

P.R. Bueno, T. Azevedo Benites, J.J. Davis, Mesoscopic electrochemistry, Nature Scientific Reports, 2016, 6, 18400.

F.C. Bedatty-Fernandez, A.V. Patil, P.R. Bueno, J.J. Davis, Optimised diagnostic assays based on redox tagged bioreceptive interfaces, Analytical Chemistry, 2015, 87, 12137-12144.