Professor Lewis' research areas include polymer electronics, functional particles and both fundamental aspects and applications of poylmers including polymerisation mechanisms, morphology and grafting from surfaces.
Professor 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.
David 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.
Doctor of Philosophy: 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.
Bachelor of Science (Honours): 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.
Bachelor of Science: University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (April, 1981). Major Areas of Study - Physical Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.
Distinguished Contribution to Economic Advancement, RACI Weickhardt Medal 2022
Finalist, SA Innovator of the Year, 2021 and 2022
RACI Applied Reseaarch Medal 2014
Polymer Division (RACI) Citation for contributions to the Optical Industry and RACI 2006
CSIRO Look Out Award 2005
Chairman's Award for Excellence in Commecialisation, CRC-Polymers, 2005
Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute 2003
Deputy Director, Flinders Factory of the Future
Discipline Head, Science, College of Science and Engineering
Resaerch Leader Flinders Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology
Professor Lewis initiated NanoConnect, an industry engagement program in which companies have the opportuniity to discover how nanotechnoogy can help their business.Over 30 companies participated in the program and opportunites have been identified for all of them. This program was supported by the South Australian Department of State Development.
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