Professor of Materials Science
School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Director, Molecular Technologies Research Cluster
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Prof Lewis joined Flinders University in 2009 in a joint appointment with the CSIRO Future Manufacturing Flagship, as Flagship Fellow. Over his career, David has delivered over 20 Plenary and Invited Lectures at International meetings, editied two conference proceedings, authored over 60 papers and is an inventor on over 50 granted patent families.
Daivd received his PhD from the University of Queensland in 1986 and did a postdoc at Virginia Tech in the USA and subsequently joined the IBM T.J.Watson Research Centre in NY in 1988. In 1998, David returned to Australia in a research management role with SOLA Optical (now Carl Zeiss Vision), based in Adelaide, which led to senior R&D Management roles, including managing the Discovery and Innovation function.
Ph.D.- University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (submitted Sept, 1986, awarded Jan 13, 1988). Thesis Title "Radiation Degradation of Radiation Resistant Polymers". Supervisor - Prof. J. H. O'Donnell.
BSc.(Hons.) - University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (Jan 1982). Thesis Title "Effects of High Energy Radiation in Polymer and Related Systems". Supervisor - Prof. J. H. O'Donnell.
BSc. - University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (April, 1981). Major Areas of Study - Physical Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.
Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, 2003
Chairman's Award for Excellence in Commecialisation, CRC-Polymers, 2005.
CSIRO Look Out Award, 2005.
Polymer Division (RACI) Citation for contributions to the Optical Industry and RACI, 2006.
RACI Applied Reseaarch Medal 2014
Prof. Lewis's research career has centered on understanding and leveraging the relationship between the behavior of molecules and structures at the molecular and nano scales with the macroscopic properties they display. This has led to a number of innovative solutions being successfully licensed, developed and implemented into new products and technologies.
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Prof Lewis initiated NanoConnect, an industry engagement program in which companies have the opportuniity to discover ho nanotechnoogy can help their business.Over 30 companies have participated in teh program and opportunites have been identified for all of them. This program us surrently supported by the SA Department of State Development.