James Beal

Trainee Patent Attorney

James joined Kilburn & Strode in April 2016 as a Technical Assistant in the Engineering and Tech group and is training to qualify as a UK and European patent attorney.

After studying a broad range of physics phenomena during an MSci degree at Imperial College London, James undertook a PhD researching nuclear fusion with the University of York. His research focused on plasma-material interactions in tokamaks, in particular studying the complex interplay between the heat and particle fluxes incident on tokamak walls and the erosion, deposition and transport of wall materials. This involved a long-term industrial placement at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, including hands-on work on the world’s largest fusion tokamak.


PhD (Physics - nuclear fusion) – University of York (2016)
MSci Physics (1st) – Imperial College London (2012)


Institute of Physics 
Energy Institute (EI)
Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) - student member
The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI) - student member

Selected Publications

J Beal, et al. ‘Analysis of rotating collectors from the private region of JET with carbon wall and metallic ITER-like wall’, Journal of nuclear materials, 463, 818-821 (2015)

J Beal, et al. ‘Deposition in the inner and outer corners of the JET divertor with carbon wall and metallic ITER-like wall’, Physica Scripta 2016, T167, 014052 (2016)

  • Aeronautical & Aerospace
  • Electronics
  • Optics
  • Telecommunications
  • Patents

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