Professor David Lewis

Director Flinders Nanotechnology

College of Science and Engineering

place Physical Sciences Building (3311)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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.

Honours, awards and grants

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

Research expertise
Materials engineering
Physical chemistry
Research interests

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.

Current interests and project areas

  • Nanotechnology and Polymer Science
    • applications of nano-cylinders (and their modification), which would lead to novel approaches to desalination, through high flux, selective transport of molecules and ions
    • organic electronics through design of devices, and control of interfaces to produce low-cost printable solar cells and transistors
    • learning lessons from nature and applying them through physical solutions.
  • Innovation systems, approaches and tools that research organizations and companies can use to be more effective at converting research and ideas into new products and technologies.

Previous areas of interest and areas of expertise

  • Microwave processing of materials
  • Radiation degradation of polymers
  • Materials and processes for microelectronic applications
  • Ophthalmic lens materials and performance enhancing coatings
  • Photochromic systems
Topic coordinator
CHEM3712 Introduction to Polymer Science
Topic lecturer
CHEM3712 Introduction to Polymer Science
NANO1101 Nanotechnology 1
NANO3702 Frontiers of Nanotechnology
NANO4711 Advanced Nanotechnology
Supervisory interests
Solar cells
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Nanotechnology (8)
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