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I have a PhD in Materials Science & Metallurgy from the University of Cambridge, where I graduated in 2002. I then held an 1851 Research Fellowship, also at the University of Cambridge for 2 years. From 2004 to 2006 I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Cornell University, in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics. I joined Monash University in 2006 to help found the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy (MCEM), and in particular to manage the installation and operation of the first aberration corrected transmission electron microscope (TEM) in Australia, the FEI Titan3. I was also appointed as a Senior Research fellow in MSE and have since been promoted to Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor.

In 2020 I will supervise the installation of Monash's new UltraTEM instrument. This microscope will be the first of a new generation of instruments, offering unparalleled spatial, energy and temporal resolution.

Research interests

My research is focussed on the development and application of TEM techniques in the Physical Sciences. Materials Science can be defined as the study of microstructure, as such developing and improving ways to characterise materials is a critical to understanding properties and processing. The TEM is the ultimate instrument for studying microstructure, chemistry and electronic properties from the micron to the atomic scale.  Currently the research in my group has three major themes; around Quantitative Electron Microscopy (QEM), Electron tomography  (ET) and 4D Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (4D -STEM). In all these cases we are striving to develop new modalities, study applications of new and existing detectors and apply quantitative and computational approaches to the data from the TEM.

I have published in nearly all areas of materials science, from polymers to metals, magnetic materials to catalysts and from electronic materials to corrosion. In recent years my publications have mainly been in the fields of the atomic structure of light alloys (Al, Mg etc), semiconductor heterostructures and functional nanoparticles.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Research area keywords

  • Atomic Structure
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Tomography

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