The University of Newcastle, Australia

School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Professor Paul Dastoor

Condensed Matter Physics

Designing revolutionary innovations such as solar paint and needle-free glucose tests has put Professor Paul Dastoor at the forefront of the emerging field of organic electronics. His advances are set to improve the environment and lives of communities around the world.

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Associate Professor Vicki Keast

Physics

After studying for her PhD at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, Vicki went on to a post-doctoral position at the University of Cambridge. Her current research interests include plasmonic materials and the corrosion of silver nanoparticles.

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Emeritus Professor John O'Connor

Physics

Since joining UON in 1981, John has collaborated across the University and the globe in a broad range of spheres; from surface and medical physics to science communications.

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Professor Colin Waters

Space Physics

Supported by computational modelling and a handful of advanced data analysis strategies, Professor Colin Waters' insights into the inner workings of solar-terrestrial events are helping to safeguard several space-based assets and technologies.

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Professor George Willis

Mathematical and Physical Sciences

A continuing theme of George Willis's research since he received a PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1981 has been the interaction between algebra and topology.

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Dr David Pontin

Mathematical and Physical Sciences

David Pontin obtained his PhD from The University of St Andrews in 2004. He subsequently took up a postdoctoral position at the University of Waikato (New Zealand) before moving to a Research Scientist position in the Space Science Centre at the University of New Hampshire (USA). He was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Dundee in 2007 and is now Reader in Mathematics. His research interests include mathematical modelling of astrophysical plasmas and in 2011 he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for Astronomy and Astrophysics. He is presently the Convener of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society’s Research Support Fund Committee. David will commence with the School of Mathematical Sciences in October 2019

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