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Associate Professor Brian Abbey Associate Professor, Physics

Dr Brian Abbey received a PhD in chemistry from Cambridge University in 2007, he also holds masters degrees in Physics (2002), Nanomaterials (2003) and Engineering (2010) from UCL, Imperial College London and the University of Oxford respectively.

From 2007-2008 Brian worked as a research fellow within the Centre of Excellence for Coherent X-ray Science at the University of Melbourne. In 2008 Brian moved back to the UK to work as a postdoc within engineering science at the University of Oxford where he pioneered methods in X-ray microdiffraction to characterise sub-grain deformation structure. In 2010 he returned to Melbourne University and after a year working as a senior postdoc took up a permanent position as lecturer in condensed matter physics at La Trobe University where he continues to develop methods for materials characterisation over a range of lengthscales.

Brian’s group currently consists of 11 staff, 7 PhD students and 3 honours/masters students. Brian’s research in coherent X-ray science and materials characterisation has produced over 90 research articles including publications in Science, Nature Photonics, Nature Physics, Nature Communications, PNAS and Physical Review Letters. In 2012 he was given the deans award for excellence in research and in 2014 began an ARC Future Fellowship. In 2015 he won a competitive international visiting scholarship to the JILA research institute in Boulder, Colorado and in 2016 he received the AIPS Young Tall Poppy award.

Brian sits on a number of editorial board and conference committees (including the Journal of Physics Communications and The Metals and Minerals Society). He is also a grant reviewer for the DoE (US) and Leverhulme trust (UK). He is currently a Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence for Advanced Molecular Imaging and an Associate Professor at La Trobe.

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