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Dr John Furst

Senior Lecturer

School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (Physics)

Career Summary

Biography

I have worked extensively in the US in the field of fundamental atomic physics. Between 2000 and 2006 I was involved in multidisciplinary teams that had expertise in both Food Technology and Marine Science. My work in that period involved a combination of very applied physics, such as the cooking of wheat and limpet adhesion mechanisms, together with more fundamental physics, such as the characterisation of conjugated polymers and the photo-dissociation of molecules. I am currently working in several teams studying diverse topics such as fundamental molecular physics, food science and human nutrition.

Research Expertise
My research work is multidisciplinary. I have done research in various areas of Applied Science, such as Marine Science, Food Science and Nanotechnology as well as fundamental atomic and molecular physics. Thus I have looked at physical processes in a variety of topics e.g. -The physical properties of cooked wheat in breakfast cereals. -Limpet adhesion mechanisms in the intertidal zone -The characterisation of conjugated polymers using photoluminescence techniques. -The photodissociation of simple molecules. My most recent research into the photodissociation of molecules is part of a collaborative effort with researchers in the US who were developing a new set of experiments at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on California. I am the team co-leader and involved in the planning of the experiments and their implementation while at the ALS.

Teaching Expertise
My teaching spans disciplines: -I teach extensively in all areas of first year physics. -I have also taught extensively in a first year course involving the ways in which computers are used in Science. -I have taught in a Marine Science course, Underwater Research Methods and diving -I teach a specialist course in atomic and molecular physics at third year level and Special Relativity and Atomic Physics at Second Year level.

Administrative Expertise
I am currently Head of the Physics Discipline.

Collaborations
I am part of a successful collaboration with groups at the University of Nebraska and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the USA. We do work on fundamental molecular physics at the Advanced Light Source in California.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Flinders University
  • Diploma in Education, Flinders University
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), Flinders University

Keywords

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics
  • Food Material characterisation
  • physics

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
020299 Atomic, Molecular, Nuclear, Particle and Plasma Physics not elsewhere classified 15
020599 Optical Physics not elsewhere classified 15
090899 Food Sciences not elsewhere classified 70

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2007 -  Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia
1/01/2006 - 1/12/2006 Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia
1/01/1998 - 1/12/2005 Lecturer University of Newcastle
Applied Science & Technology (AS&T)
Australia
1/02/1995 - 1/12/1997 Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
Applied Science & Technology (AS&T)
Australia
1/09/1992 - 1/02/1995 Senior Research Associate The University of Western Australia
Department of Physics
Australia
1/07/1989 - 1/08/1992 Research Assistant Professor University of Missouri-Rolla
Department of Physics
United States
1/07/1985 - 1/07/1989 Research Scientist University of North Texas
Department of Physics
United States
1/04/1983 - 1/06/1985 Visiting Research Associate University of Oklahoma
Department of Physics and Astronomy
United States

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
22/06/2015 -  Newcastle Representative - NSW Branch of Australian Institute of Physics NSW Branch of Australian Institute of Physics
Australia
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 10
Total funding $67,501

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20071 grants / $2,500

DAMOP Annual meeting of the American Physical Society, Canada, 5/5/2007 - 9/5/2007$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Furst
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187705
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20061 grants / $4,050

Photo-dissociation of simple molecules using circularly-polarized light$4,050

Funding body: ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)

Funding body ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)
Project Team Doctor John Furst
Scheme Access to Major Research Facilities Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186174
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20051 grants / $1,841

Photo-dissociation of diatomic molecules$1,841

Funding body: ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)

Funding body ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)
Project Team Doctor John Furst
Scheme Access to Major Research Facilities Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185761
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20041 grants / $5,300

Using photoluminescence to characterise conjugated polymers$5,300

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Furst, Professor Paul Dastoor
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0183440
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20002 grants / $8,410

A new approach to quality control in the macadamia industry.$8,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Furst
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0178983
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Atomic and Molecular Physics and Quantum Chemistry meeting of the Australian Institute of Physics Congress, Adelaide, 12-15 December 2000$410

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Furst
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0180569
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19981 grants / $10,000

Application of the near infra-red spectroscopy (NIR) as a predictor of marbling in the beef export industry.$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Dr Fa'Ale Tumaalii, Doctor John Furst
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0177222
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19972 grants / $22,400

Use of near-infrared relectance spectrometry and optical imaging systems as a rapid method of quality grading macadamia nuts.$12,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Professor Ronald Wills, Doctor John Furst
Scheme Small Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1997
Funding Finish 1997
GNo G0176778
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

Macadamia Research Project.$10,400

Funding body: Macadamia Processing Co Ltd

Funding body Macadamia Processing Co Ltd
Project Team Emeritus Professor Ronald Wills, Doctor John Furst
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1997
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0177045
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

19961 grants / $13,000

Medium Energy Ion Scattering from Caesium: A study of the ionisation of caesium by He+$13,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Furst
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1996
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0176115
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2013 PhD High Pressure Processing of Barramundi Fish (Lates Calcarifer) PhD (Food Science), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2006 PhD Variability in Wheat Biscuits and the Influence of Wheat Protein Content, Cooking Temperature and Time on Cooked Wheat Properties PhD (Food Science), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2002 PhD On the BIomechanics, ecology and evolution of Limpet Shell Design Marine Science, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr John Furst

Position

Senior Lecturer
Head of Physics Discipline
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science

Focus area

Physics

Contact Details

Email john.furst@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4348 4117
Fax (02) 4348 4145

Office

Room E121 (Ourimbah)/P108 (Callaghan)
Building Sciences Offices.
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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