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 deliverd over 20 Plenary and Invited Lectures at International meetings, editied two conference proceedings, authored over 50 papers and is an inventor on over 50 granted patent families.
Daivid recieved his PhD from the Uinversity 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.
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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