Dr Darryl Jones

Senior Research Fellow

College of Science and Engineering

place Physical Sciences (314)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Darryl Jones has interests in electron and photon collisions with atoms, molecules, and condensed matter. He uses experimental methods to study the dynamics of the collision process, with this work also providing information about the structure and properties of the systems investigated.

Darryl has a research background in molecular physics, spectroscopy, and materials processing. This includes over 10 years' experience undertaking electron scattering and spectroscopy research that had applications in medical (radiation-based therapies) and technology-based fields (plasma processing). He specialised in photon- and electron-impact excitation, ionization, and fragmentation processes. Darryl also has a background in quantum chemical computations that are useful for describing atomic and molecular phenomena. His research has also involved creating novel chemical processing platforms for materials synthesis. This research also included developing the tools for characterising and understanding the structure of the synthesised materials and how they were created. Most recently, Darryl has managed a Photoemission Electron Microscopy (PEEM) facility within Flinders Microscopy and Microanalysis (2020-2022).


Doctor of Philosophy (Flinders University, 2008)

Honours, awards and grants

Grants and Fellowships

  • ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Fund (LE240100073, Lead: Dr Darryl Jones)
    A femtosecond beamline for time-resolved momentum microscopy.
  • ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Fund (LE230100018, Lead: Prof Zaiping Guo) 
    A customized surface chemistry study system in realistic working condition
  • ARC Discovery Project (DP220101480)
    (with CI's Prof. Ronald White, Dr Yang Liu, Prof. Mark Kushner)
    Non-equilibrium presolvation electron processes at the gas-liquid interface.
  • ARC Future Fellowship (FT210100264)
    Molecular movies using time-resolved momentum spectroscopies
  • ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2012-2015)
    Adapting industrial plasma-processing chemistries through electron collisions to meet emerging technological and environmental requirements
  • Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Post-Doctoral Fellow: Tohoku University, Japan (2008-2010)
    Molecular-Frame Electron Momentum Spectroscopy

Recognition, Prizes and Awards

  • Australia’s Spectroscopy & Molecular Physics Research Field Leader (2018) -
    The Australian – Research Special Report, The Stars of 2018, (28 September 2018)
  • Ferry Scholarship (2004-2007)
  • Flinders Prize in Theoretical Physics (2003)
  • The Max Clark Prize in Science and Engineering (2003)
  • Flinders Institute for Research in Science and Technology (2003)
  • Flinders Prize in Physics (2001)
  • Science for the New Century Scholarship (2000-2003)
Topic lecturer
PHYS2701 Classical Physics
PHYS3702 Solid State Physics and Optoelectronics
Supervisory interests
Chemical physics
Condensed matter physics
Electron scattering
Molecular spectroscopy