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Research Biography

Jamie obtained his PhD from the University of Newcastle in 2001 working in the area of organosilane coatings for corrosion protection of various metal oxide surfaces, focussing on the mechanisms and oscillatory kinetics of self-assembly. From 2000-2001 he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Laboratory for Surface Modification, Rutgers University (NJ, USA) working with Professor Ted Madey, leading his group's synchrotron research (at Brookhaven National Laboratory) and collaborating with students and postdocs on various surface science projects (primarily on faceting of atomically rough surfaces for catalytic conversion applications). He then returned to Newcastle in 2002 to perform more research and present some lectures as a casual academic, before being appointed as a Lecturer in Nanotechnology/Physics/Chemical Physics at Flinders in 2003, promoted to Senior lecturer in 2006, Associate Professor in 2009, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) of the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences (2010-2016) and Professor in 2014. As a Research Leader in the Flinders Centre for Nanoscale Science and Nanotechnology, his research focus at Flinders is in the area of surface modification to produce nanostructures, particularly with plasma environments. He is a passionate, life-long learner who wants to apply science toward solving real world problems. He is pursuant of all aspects of Science - Physics and Chemistry in particular - be it in teaching or research.

Research Interests

The Smart Surface Structures research group at Flinders is primarily interested in technology enabling surface architectures, which are achieved through exploiting the physics and chemistry of surfaces and interfaces. We seek to understand atomic and molecular mechanisms that take place and with knowledge of these, produce enhanced interfaces with properties tailored and optimised for their specific application. At the moment, our group's research effort is concentrated in the following areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Surface Nanostructures - Nanoscale surface phenomena, mechanisms of assembly, structural transitions and kinetic processes in atomic and molecular surface clusters, nanoparticles and thin films
  • Surface Modification - tailoring the chemical, physical and mechanical properties of surfaces and interfaces for compatibility in their specific application
  • 3D Printing of Metals and Alloys - melting and fusion of metal powders and solification, processes, microstructure and the underlying surface physics involved
  • Corrosion protection - alternatives to currently used, hazardous, inorganic treatments
  • Novel Photovoltaics - building new architectures for harvesting solar power
  • Carbon-based Molecular Electronics - aimed at producing atomic and molecular-scale wires on surfaces using environmentally favourable materials, reducing the energy footprint of silicon and rare-earth metal based technologies

and involves a range of spectroscopic and surface science techniques, such as (but not limited to) electron spectroscopy (XPS, UPS, AES) and microscopy (SEM, TEM, SAM), streaming zeta-potential (SZP), mass spectrometry (ToFSIMS), scanning probe microscopies (STM, AFM), Raman confocal microscopy and synchrotron measurements



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