Prof David R. McKenzie

Professor of Physics, The University of Sydney
BSc (Hons), PhD New South Wales

Program Manager

Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology
School of Physics, A28
The University of Sydney
Sydney NSW 2006

Tel: (02) 9351 5986


David has held a Personal Chair in Materials Physics in the School of Physics, University of Sydney since 1997. Previous appointments have included: Director of the Australian Key Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (AKCMM) (2000); Deputy Director of the AKCMM (1994 –1999); Reader at the University of Sydney, Visiting Professorships at Osaka University, Japan and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and a Visiting Fellowship at Churchill College Cambridge. Research achievements have included the identification of the amorphous phase of carbon known as tetrahedral amorphous carbon, the development of theories for the formation of the cubic phase of boron nitride, the development of techniques for the on line analysis of thin film materials by electron diffraction in the electron microscope and the application of density functional theory to the prediction of structure in materials.

In 2001 he was awarded an ISI Citation Laureate award for 8 high impact papers and is listed in 2003 by ISI as one of the world’s 250 most highly cited scientists. In 2004, he was awarded a Citation Laureate Award as the most highly cited Australian researcher in the field of materials science. In 2007, David was awarded an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellowship.

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