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BSc( Hon), PhD New South Wales

Professor in Material Physics University of Sydney
Program Manager Molecular Modelling

David has held a Personal Chair in Materials Physics in the School of Physics, University of Sydney since 1997. Previous appointments have included: Director of the Australian Key Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (AKCMM) (2000); Deputy Director of the AKCMM
(1994–1999); Reader at the University of Sydney, Visiting Professorships at Osaka University, Japan and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and a Visiting Fellowship at Churchill College Cambridge. Research achievements have included the identification of the amorphous phase of carbon known as tetrahedral amorphous carbon, the development of theories for the
formation of the cubic phase of boron nitride, the development of techniques for the on line analysis of thin film materials by electron diffraction in the electron microscope and the application of density functional theory to the prediction of structure in materials. In 2001
he was awarded an ISI Citation Laureate award for 8 high impact papers and is listed in 2003 by ISI as one of the world’s 250 most highly cited scientists. In 2004, he was awarded a Citation Laureate Award as the most highly cited Australian researcher in the field of
materials science. In 2007, David was awarded an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellowship.

David manages the molecular modelling program of the Centre, which has as its aim the identification of optimum strategies for the fabrication of a solid-state quantum computer. The program operates in parallel with the experimental programs of the Centre, assisting
in the interpretation of results in the “top down” and “bottom up” programs. Interpretation of STM images is an important role for the program, enabling identification of key structures on silicon surfaces.


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