Dr James Edmondson Research Director

Dr James Edmondson BSc MPhys MSc PhD is a Research Director at IDTechEx. Having started in 2019, he specializes in the field of market research for materials and thermal management across markets such as electric vehicles, robotics, and telecommunications.
He studied for his BSc MPhys in Physics at the University of Warwick; he then went on to study for his MSc PhD in Analytical Science also at the University of Warwick. His specialist area was on the use of electrochemical scanning probe microscopy techniques for mapping structure and functionality of materials at the nanoscale. He has been the lead author of a publications in Applied Surface Science, ChemElectroChem ,and Analytical Chemistry.
Research Field
With IDTechEx, James has focused on components, materials, and thermal management in markets such as electric vehicles and 5G. James has completed reports on Thermal Management for 5G, Thermal Management for EVs, Thermal Management for ADAS, Thermal Interface Materials, Fire Protection Materials for EVs, Materials for EV Cells and Packs, and Electric Motors for EVs. He continues to attend events and travel to carry out research in the above fields and has also completed bespoke consultancy projects in these areas.
James now heads IDTechEx's research on Electric Vehicles, including markets across land, sea, and air, and drivetrains including battery electric and fuel cell with a focus on their enabling technologies.
  • Assessing demand growth for specific metals in electric vehicle powertrain components: An international council wanted a forecast of demand for copper created by the growth in electric vehicles and its associated infrastructure. We carried out a detailed assessment of the markets, identified and analyzed the key components using or likely to use copper, and developed various detailed market forecast scenarios.
  • Benchmarking and opportunities for an electric motor technology: A manufacturer of electric motors for electric vehicles approached IDTechEx to provide an independent assessment of their technology and compare it to the options available on the market currently. This had the goal of assisting with their upcoming investment funding rounds. IDTechEx analyzed parameters including performance (power, torque density, efficiency etc), costs and environmental impact. The motor technology was evaluated against competing market options within relevant vehicle segments (cars, trucks etc). An overview of the relevant patent landscape was provided along with total market forecasts and a specific addressable market forecast for the technology.


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