Professor Michael Brunger has experimental research interests in positron and electron scattering from a range of molecular species and radicals that are of medical, technological and atmospheric importance. With colleague Dr Laurence Campbell, he has also developed a modelling faculty that enables the role of electron-driven processes in our atmosphere and that of other planets to be simulated.
Doctor of Philosophy (Flinders) 1988
1982 University Medal
1995 Elected as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics
2005 Awarded a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship
2008 Elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society
2010 Elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK)
2011 Awarded a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship
2012 Appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University
2013 Re-appointed as a 'Distinguished Visiting Professor' at the University of Malaya (2011-2013)
2013 Awarded a 'Special Visiting Professorship' by CNPq (Brazil) for 2014-2016
Associate Dean (Research), School of Chemical and Physical Sciences.
Professor Brunger has teaching interests that span quantum mechanics, spectroscopy and physical chemistry.
Professor Brunger has research interests that span atomic and molecular physics, chemical physics and physical chemistry. They include:
Electron scattering from atoms, molecules and radicals of fundamental and applied relevance.
Positron scattering from atoms and molecules of fundamental and applied relevance.
Electron Momentum Spectroscopy or (e,2e) spectroscopy on atoms, molecules and clusters.
Modelling the role of electron-driven processes in our atmosphere, other planetary atmospheres (e.g. Venus, Mars and Titan) and comets.
: Atomic and Molecular Physics
Professor Brunger is President of the Flinders University Branch of the National Tertiary Education Union and is a member of the Australian Labor Party. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals PMC Physics B and the European Journal of Physics D and on the international scientific advisory committees of the following conferences:
1) Low energy positron and positronium physics workshop
2) International symposium on electron-molecule collisions and swarms
3) International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions
4) Gaseous Electronics Meeting
He was recently Vice-Chair and then Chair of the "Will Allis PrIze" Committee of the American Physical Society (2006-10) and also served on the "Gold Bragg Medal" committee of the Australian Institute of Physics (2007-9).