Staff Profile

Edit

Career Summary

Qualifications

  • PhD, Lehigh University - USA, 10/01/1999
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Sydney, 13/05/1994
  • Master of Science, Lehigh University - USA, 02/06/1996

Research

Research keywords

  • Electron Microscopy
  • Solid state physics

Research expertise

Physics

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
020401Condensed Matter Characterisation Technique Development55
029999Physical Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified30
091299Materials Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified15

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society

Appointments

Secretary
Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (Australia)
01/01/2002 - 01/09/2006

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Physics
Edit

Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Click on a category title below to expand the list of citations for that specific category.

Chapter (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Zou J, Liao X, Keast V, Cockayne DJH, 'Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy Characterisation of Semiconductor Quantum Structures', Handbook of Semiconductor Nanostructures and Nanodevices, American Scientific Publishers, Stevenson Ranch, California, USA 61-92 (2006) [B2]
2003Williams DB, Watanabe M, Li C, Keast VJ, 'Nanochemical and Nanostructural studies of the Brittle Failure of Alloys', Nano and microstructural design of advanced materials : a commemorative volume on Professor G. Thomas' seventieth birthday, Elsevier Ltd., Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom 11-22 (2003) [B1]
2003Simpson AM, Sikorski A, Ringer SP, Keast VJ, 'Recent Advances in Specimen Preparation for the Materials Sciences', Science, Technology and Education of Microscopy: an Overview, Formatex, Madrid, Spain 34-42 (2003) [B2]

Journal article (52 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014McPherson DJ, Supansomboon S, Gentle A, Dowd A, Cortie MB, Zwan B, et al., 'Strategies to control the spectral properties of Au-Ni thin films', Thin Solid Films, 551 200-204 (2014)
2014Burgess RW, Keast VJ, 'TDDFT study of the optical absorption spectra of bare gold clusters', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 118 3194-3201 (2014)
2014McPherson DJ, Supansomboon S, Zwan B, Keast VJ, Cortie DL, Gentle A, et al., 'Strategies to control the spectral properties of Au-Ni thin films', THIN SOLID FILMS, 551 200-204 (2014)
2014Keast VJ, Barnett RL, Cortie MB, 'First principles calculations of the optical and plasmonic response of Au alloys and intermetallic compounds.', J Phys Condens Matter, 26 305501 (2014)
2013Keast VJ, 'An introduction to the calculation of valence EELS: Quantum mechanical methods for bulk solids', MICRON, 44 93-100 (2013) [C1]
2013Cortie MB, Coutts MJ, Ton-That C, Dowd A, Keast VJ, McDonagh AM, 'On the Coalescence of Nanoparticulate Gold Sinter Ink', JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 117 11377-11384 (2013) [C1]
2013Keast VJ, Zwan B, Supansomboon S, Cortie MB, Persson POÅ, 'AuAl2 and PtAl2 as potential plasmonic materials', Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 577 581-586 (2013) [C1]
2012Keast VJ, 'Application of EELS in materials science', Materials Characterization, 73 1-7 (2012) [C2]
2011Burgess RW, Keast VJ, 'TDDFT study of the optical absorption spectra of bare and coated Au(55) and Au(69) clusters', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115 21016-21021 (2011) [C1]
2011Keast VJ, Legge KA, Koch CT, Supansomboon S, Cortie MB, 'The role of plasmons and interband transitions in the color of AuAl(2), AuIn(2), and AuGa(2)', Applied Physics Letters, 99 111908 (2011) [C1]
2011Keast VJ, Gladys MJ, Petersen TC, Dwyer C, Koch CT, Haber T, Kothleitner G, 'Energy-filtered phase retrieval using the transport of intensity equation', Applied Physics Letters, 99 (2011) [C1]

Co-authors: Michael Gladys

2009Bosman M, Tang LJ, Ye JD, Tan ST, Zhang Y, Keast VJ, 'Nanoscale band gap spectroscopy on ZnO and GaN-based compounds with a monochromated electron microscope', Applied Physics Letters, 95 101110 (2009) [C1]
2009Bosman M, Keast VJ, Watanabe M, McCulloch DG, Shakerzadeh M, Teo EHT, Tay BK, 'Quantitative, nanoscale mapping of sp2 percentage and crystal orientation in carbon multilayers', Carbon, 47 94-101 (2009) [C1]
2009Keast VJ, Harris S, Smith DK, 'Prediction of the stability of the Mn+1AXn phases from first principles', Physical Review B, 80 214113 (2009) [C1]
2008Field MR, McCulloch DG, Lim SNH, Anders A, Keast VJ, Burgess RW, 'The electronic structure of tungsten oxide thin films prepared by pulsed cathodic arc deposition and plasma-assisted pulsed magnetron sputtering', Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 20 175216 (2008) [C1]
2008Petersen TC, Bosman M, Keast VJ, Anstis GR, 'Plasmon resonances and electron phase shifts near Au nanospheres', Applied Physics Letters, 93 101909 (2008) [C1]
2008Petersen TC, Keast VJ, Paganin DJ, 'Quantitative TEM-based phase retrieval of MgO nano-cubes using the transport of intensity equation', Ultramicroscopy, 108 805-815 (2008) [C1]
2008Keast VJ, Bosman M, 'Applications and theoretical simulation of low-loss electron energy-loss spectra', Materials Science and Technology, 24 651-659 (2008) [C1]
2008Bosman M, Keast VJ, 'Optimizing EELS acquisition', Ultramicroscopy, 108 837-846 (2008) [C1]
2008Zeng A, Bilek MMM, McKenzie DR, Lay PA, La Fontaine A, Keast VJ, 'Correlation between film structures and potential limits for hydrogen and oxygen evolutions at a-C : N film electrochemical electrodes', Carbon, 46 663-670 (2008) [C1]
2007Keast VJ, La Fontaine A, Du Plessis J, 'Variability in the segregation of bismuth between grain boundaries in copper', Acta Materialia, 55 5149-5155 (2007) [C1]
2007Bosman M, Keast VJ, Garcia-Munoz JL, D'Alfonso AJ, Findlay SD, Allen LJ, 'Two-dimensional mapping of chemical information at atomic resolution', Physical Review Letters, 99 (2007) [C1]
2007Bosman M, Keast VJ, Watanabe M, Maaroof AI, Cortie MB, 'Mapping surface plasmons at the nanometre scale with an electron beam', Nanotechnology, 18 (2007) [C1]
2007Petersen TC, Keast VJ, Johnson K, Duvall S, 'TEM-based phase retrieval of p-n junction wafers using the transport of intensity equation', Philosophical Magazine, 87 3565-3578 (2007) [C1]
2007Petersen TC, Keast VJ, 'Astigmatic intensity equation for electron microscopy based phase retrieval', Ultramicroscopy, 107 635-643 (2007) [C1]
2007Anders A, Pasaja N, Lim SHN, Petersen TC, Keast VJ, 'Plasma biasing to control the growth conditions of diamond-like carbon', SURFACE & COATINGS TECHNOLOGY, 201 4628-4632 (2007) [C1]
2007Keast VJ, Bosman M, 'New developments in electron energy loss spectroscopy', Microscopy Research and Technique, 70 211-219 (2007) [C1]
2007Anders A, Pasaja N, Lim SHN, Petersen TC, Keast VJ, 'Plasma biasing to control the growth conditions of diamond-like carbon (vol 201, pg 4628, 2007)', SURFACE & COATINGS TECHNOLOGY, 202 414-415 (2007)
2006Bosman M, Watanabe M, Alexander DTL, Keast VJ, 'Mapping chemical and bonding information using multivariate analysis of electron energy-loss spectrum images', ULTRAMICROSCOPY, 106 1024-1032 (2006) [C1]
2006La Fontaine A, Keast VJ, 'Compositional distributions in classical and lead-free brasses', MATERIALS CHARACTERIZATION, 57 424-429 (2006) [C1]
2006Ma WJ, Ruys AJ, Zreiqat H, Mason R, Ringer SP, Liu ZW, et al., 'The biocompatibility of diamond-like carbon nano films', Proceedings of the 2006 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, ICONN, 274-277 (2006)
2005Keast VJ, 'Ab initio calculations of plasmons and interband transitions in the low-loss electron energy-loss spectrum', JOURNAL OF ELECTRON SPECTROSCOPY AND RELATED PHENOMENA, 143 97-104 (2005)
2004Stevens KJ, Levi T, Minchington I, Briggs N, Keast V, Bulcock S, 'Transmission electron microscopy of high pressure metal dusted 316 stainless steel', MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING A-STRUCTURAL MATERIALS PROPERTIES MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROCESSING, 385 292-299 (2004) [C1]
2004Yeoh WK, Horvat J, Dou SX, Keast V, 'Strong pinning and high critical current density in carbon nanotube doped MgB2', SUPERCONDUCTOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 17 S572-S577 (2004) [C1]
2004Bosman M, Sitarz M, Sikorski AZ, Keast VJ, 'Measurements of composition and electronic structure in an operating light-emitting diode using analytical electron microscopy', APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 84 1371-1373 (2004) [C1]
2004Keast VJ, 'Bandstructure calculations for the simulation of low-loss EELS and plasmon energies', Microscopy and Microanalysis, 10 854-855 (2004)
2003Keast VJ, Kappers MJ, Humphreys CJ, 'Electron energy-loss near edge structure (ELNES) of InGaN quantum wells', JOURNAL OF MICROSCOPY-OXFORD, 210 89-93 (2003) [C1]
2002Keast VJ, Scott AJ, Kappers MJ, Foxon CT, Humphreys CJ, 'Electronic structure of GaN and InxGa1-xN measured with electron energy-loss spectroscopy', PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 66 (2002) [C1]
2001Keast V, 'Electronic Structure of MgB2 measured using electron energy-loss spectroscopy', Applied Physics Letters, 79 3491-3493 (2001) [C1]
2001Keast V, Williams DB, 'Grain Boundary Segregation', Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science, 5 23-30 (2001) [C1]
2001Keast VJ, Scott AJ, Brydson R, Williams DB, Bruley J, 'Electron energy-loss near-edge structure - a tool for the investigation of electronic structure on the nanometre scale', JOURNAL OF MICROSCOPY, 203 135-175 (2001) [C1]
2001Keast VJ, Misra A, Kung H, Mitchell TE, 'Compositional distributions in nanoscale metallic multilayers studied using x-ray mapping', JOURNAL OF MATERIALS RESEARCH, 16 2032-2038 (2001) [C1]
2001Keast VJ, Williams DB, 'Grain boundary chemistry', CURRENT OPINION IN SOLID STATE & MATERIALS SCIENCE, 5 23-30 (2001)
2001Keast VJ, 'Experimental verification of the electronic structure of MgB2 using electron energy-loss spectroscopy', APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 79 3491-3493 (2001)
2000Keast VJ, Williams DB, 'Quantification of boundary segregation in the analytical electron microscope', JOURNAL OF MICROSCOPY, 199 45-55 (2000) [C1]
1999Ozkaya D, Zhou WZ, Thomas JM, Midgley P, Keast VJ, Hermans S, 'High-resolution imaging of nanoparticle bimetallic catalysts supported on mesoporous silica', CATALYSIS LETTERS, 60 113-120 (1999) [C1]
1999Bruley J, Keast VJ, Williams DB, 'An EELS study of segregation-induced grain-boundary embrittlement of copper', ACTA MATERIALIA, 47 4009-4017 (1999) [C1]
1999Keast VJ, Williams DB, 'Quantitative compositional mapping of Bi segregation to grain boundaries in Cu', ACTA MATERIALIA, 47 3999-4008 (1999) [C1]
1999Williams DB, Carpenter DT, Keast V, 'Can analytical electron microscopy tell us why materials break?', Microscopy and Analysis, 73 17-19 (1999) [C1]
1998Keast VJ, Bruley J, Rez P, Maclaren JM, Williams DB, 'Chemistry and bonding changes associated with the segregation of Bi to grain boundaries in Cu', ACTA MATERIALIA, 46 481-490 (1998) [C1]
1996Bruley J, Keast V, Williams DB, 'Measurement of the localised electronic structure associated with bismuth segregation to copper grain boundaries', Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 29 1730-1739 (1996) [C1]
1994Davis CA, Yin Y, McKenzie DR, Hall LE, Kravtchinshaia E, Keast V, et al., 'The structure of Boron-,Phosphorus- and Nitrogen-doped tetrahedral amorphous carbon deposited by cathodic arc', Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 170 46-50 (1994) [C1]
Show 49 more

Conference (25 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Keast VJ, Burgess RW, 'Atomic structure, electronic structure and optical response of metal nanoparticles', Book of Abstracts. XXII International Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography, Madrid, Spain (2011) [E3]
2009Keast VJ, Bosman M, Petersen TC, 'Measuring and mapping surface plasmons with nanometre scale resolution in the electron microscope', Nanophotonics Down Under 2009: Devices and Applications: Program, Melbourne, VIC (2009) [E2]
2008Allen LJ, D'Alfonso AJ, Findlay SD, Oxley MP, Bosman M, Keast VJ, et al., 'Theoretical interpretation of electron energy-loss spectroscopic images', Electron Microscopy and Multiscale Modeling: Proceedings of the EMMM-2007 International Conference, Moscow, Russia (2008) [E1]
2008Allen LJ, D'Alfonso AJ, Bosman M, Findlay SD, Oxley MP, Keast VJ, et al., 'Simulation of atomic resolution images in STEM', Microscopy and Microanalysis, Albuquerqe, New Mexico (2008) [E3]
2006Ma WJ, Ruyst AJ, Zreiqat H, Masont R, Ringert SP, Liut ZW, et al., 'The biocompatibility of diamond-like carbon nano films', 2006 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY, VOLS 1 AND 2, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA (2006) [E1]
2006Keast VJ, Bosman M, 'Electron energy-loss spectroscopy: Measuring optical properties at the nanometre scale', 2006 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - NSTI Nanotech 2006 Technical Proceedings (2006) [E1]
2006Ma MJ, Ruys AJ, Mason R, Zreiqat H, Cheung WY, Wong SP, et al., 'Effect of composition of diamond-like carbon films on surface properties and biocompatibility', Proceedings of the Fourth IASTED International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, Innsbruck, Austria (2006) [E1]
2006Keast VJ, Bosman M, 'DFT Calculations in Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS): The low-loss part of the spectrum and optical properties', Density Functional Theory in Electron Microscopy, Vienna, Austria (2006) [E3]
2001Keast VJ, Scott AJ, Kappers MJ, Humphreys CJ, 'Electronic structure of GaN studied with electron energy loss spectroscopy and density functional theory', ELECTRON MICROSCOPY AND ANALYSIS 2001, UNIV DUNDEE, DUNDEE, SCOTLAND (2001) [E1]
2001Keast VJ, Sharma N, Humphreys CJ, 'Energy-loss spectroscopy of GaN alloys and quantum wells', MICROSCOPY OF SEMICONDUCTING MATERIALS 2001, UNIV OXFORD, OXFORD, ENGLAND (2001) [E1]
2000Williams DB, Keast VJ, 'Tailoring grain-boundary segregation to control mechanical properties', INTERFACIAL ENGINEERING FOR OPTIMIZED PROPERTIES II, BOSTON, MA (2000) [E1]
2000Sharma N, Tricker D, Keast V, Hooper S, Heffernan J, Barnes J, et al., 'Effect of the buffer layer on the structure, mobility and photoluminescence of MBE grown GaN' (2000) [E1]
2000Keast VJ, Kung H, Misra A, Mitchell TE, 'Compositional mapping of nanolayered metal composites', MICROBEAM ANALYSIS 2000, PROCEEDINGS, KAILUA KONA, HI (2000)
1999Sharma N, Keast VJ, Iwayama TS, Boyd I, Humphreys CJ, 'Characterisation of silicon nanocrystals in silica and correlation with luminescence', ELECTRON MICROSCOPY AND ANALYSIS 1999, UNIV SHEFFIELD, SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND (1999) [E1]
1999Keast VJ, Misra A, Kung H, Mitchell TE, Humphreys CJ, 'Compositional mapping of nanoscale metallic multilayers: a comparison of techniques', ELECTRON MICROSCOPY AND ANALYSIS 1999, UNIV SHEFFIELD, SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND (1999) [E1]
1999Humphreys CJ, Botton GA, Pankhurst DA, Keast VJ, Temmerman WM, 'Electronic structure, charge transfer and bonding in intermetallics using EELS and density functional theory', Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings (1999) [E1]
1999Keast VJ, Midgley PA, Lloyd SJ, Thomas PJ, Weyland M, Boothroyd CB, Humphreys CJ, 'Composition of grain boundaries and interfaces: A comparison of modern analytical techniques using a 300 kV FEGTEM', ELECTRON MICROSCOPY AND ANALYSIS 1999, UNIV SHEFFIELD, SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND (1999) [E1]
1998Williams DB, Watanabe M, Carpenter DT, Keast V, Ito Y, 'Nanometer-scale microanalysis of interfaces in thin films' (1998) [E1]
1998Williams DB, Keast VJ, Watanabe M, Carpenter DT, 'Segregation to interfaces in metals and alloys', ELECTRON MICROSCOPY 1998, VOL 2, CANCUN, MEXICO (1998)
1998Keast VJ, Kung H, Mitchell TE, Misra A, 'Elemental mapping of nanoscale Cu/Nb multilayers', ELECTRON MICROSCOPY 1998, VOL 3, CANCUN, MEXICO (1998)
1998Keast VJ, Williams DB, 'Application of high resolution X-ray mapping to grain boundary segregation', ELECTRON MICROSCOPY 1998, VOL 2, CANCUN, MEXICO (1998)
1997Keast V, Williams DB, 'Investigations of grain boundary embrittlement in the STEM' (1997) [E1]
1997Voelkl E, Allard LF, Bruley J, Keast V, Williams DB, 'The teaching of TEM by telepresence microscopy over the internet' (1997) [E1]
1997Keast V, Bruley J, Williams DB, 'Investigations of the bonding changes associated with grain boundary embrittlement' (1997) [E1]
1995BRULEY J, WILLIAMS DB, KEAST V, 'Electron energy-loss fine structure studies of interfaces', MICROBEAM ANALYSIS 1995, BRECKENRIDGE, CO (1995)
Show 22 more
Edit

Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants11
Total funding$3,082,152

- Indicates that the researcher may be seeking students for this project.

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.

2012 (1 grants)

Quest for zero optical loss$90,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Michael Cortie, Doctor Vicki Keast
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$90,00020122014
GNo:G1101208

2009 (2 grants)

Electron Microscopes for Nanometer-scale Imaging/Microanalysis in the Materials, Biological, Physical, Engineering and Chemical Sciences$650,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Electron Microscopes for Nanometer-scale Imaging/Microanalysis in the Materials, Biological, Physical, Engineering and Chemical Sciences$70,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

2007 (3 grants)

New nanolaminate ternary and quaternary alloy phases by thin film synthesis$614,000
Funding Body: Australian Research Council

SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$614,00020072007
GNo:18057245

New nanolaminate ternary and quaternary alloy phases by thin film synthesis$61,500
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Doctor Vicki Keast, Professor Marcela Bilek, Dr Richard Tarrant, Professor Jochen Schneider
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$61,50020072009
GNo:G0187799

Predicting surface plasmons and optical properties at metal surfaces and nanostructures$11,652
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Vicki Keast
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$11,65220072007
GNo:G0187336

2006 (2 grants)

Development of a Novel and Quantitative Approach to Phase Imaging with Applications to Fuctional Nanomaterials$229,714
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Doctor Vicki Keast
SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$229,71420062007
GNo:G0187282

Mapping electronic structure and material properties with atomic resolution.$10,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Doctor Vicki Keast
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020062006
GNo:G0187213

2004 (2 grants)

Advanced Spectroscopy for Nano-characterisation of Materials Chemistry and Properties$897,000
Funding Body: Australian Research Council

SchemeRole
Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$897,00020042004
GNo:18057318

Development of a novel and quantitative approach to phase imaging with applications to functional nanomaterials.$121,286
Funding Body: Australian Research Council

SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$121,28620042006
GNo:36541656

2003 (1 grants)

Mapping electronic structure and material properties with atomic resolution.$327,000
Funding Body: Australian Research Council

SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$327,00020032006
GNo:36541636
Edit

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20072007Honours Physics
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorPredicting Surface Plasmons

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2012PhD (Physics)Principal SupervisorA TDDFT Study of the Optical Absorption Spectra of Gold and Silver Clusters
PHD Physics
University of Sydney
Principal SupervisorMapping Material Properties with EEL spectrum images
Edit

Dr Vicki Keast

Work Phone(02) 4921 6653
Fax(02) 4921 6907
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaPhysics
Office
P115,
Physics,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/vicki-keast