Professor Jamie Quinton

Professor

College of Science and Engineering

Research expertise

Objects in our physical world interact with everything else via their surface. Through understanding how atoms and molecules behave on them, we can improve a material's function by modifying its surface; for sensor functionalisation, corrosion protection, anti-microbial coatings, or durability of plasma-facing materials in nuclear fusion reactors, for example.

Research expertise

Objects in our physical world interact with everything else via their surface. Through understanding how atoms and molecules behave on them, we can improve a material's function by modifying its surface; for sensor functionalisation, corrosion protection, anti-microbial coatings, or durability of plasma-facing materials in nuclear fusion reactors, for example.

place Physical Sciences Building (2104)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Jamie obtained his PhD from the University of Newcastle in 2001 working in the area of organosilane coatings for corrosion protection of various metal oxide surfaces, focussing on the mechanisms and oscillatory kinetics of self-assembly. From 2000-2001 he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Laboratory for Surface Modification, Rutgers University (NJ, USA) working with Professor Ted Madey, leading his group's synchrotron research (at Brookhaven National Laboratory) and collaborating with students and postdocs on various surface science projects (primarily on faceting of atomically rough surfaces for catalytic conversion applications). He then returned to Newcastle in 2002 to perform more research and present some lectures as a casual academic, before being appointed as a Lecturer in Nanotechnology/Physics/Chemical Physics at Flinders in 2003, promoted to Senior lecturer in 2006, Associate Professor in 2009, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) of the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences (2010-2016) and Professor in 2014. As a Research Leader in the Flinders Institute for Nanoscale Science and Nanotechnology and an Instrument Leader in Flinders Microscopy and Microanalysis, his research focus at Flinders is in the area of surface modification to produce nanostructures, particularly with plasma environments. He is a passionate, life-long learner who wants to apply science toward solving real world problems. He is pursuant of all aspects of Science - Physics and Chemistry in particular - be it in teaching or research.

Qualifications

BSc(Hons) PhD FAIP MInstP CPhys

Honours, awards and grants
Research expertise
Atomic, molecular, nuclear, particle and plasma physics
Condensed matter physics
Nanotechnology
Optical physics
Other physical sciences
Physical chemistry
Science education
Surface science
Technology
Research interests

The Smart Surface Structures research group at Flinders is primarily interested in technology enabling surface architectures, which are achieved through exploiting the physics and chemistry of surfaces and interfaces. We seek to understand atomic and molecular mechanisms that take place and with knowledge of these, produce enhanced interfaces with properties tailored and optimised for their specific application. At the moment, our group's research effort is concentrated in the following areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Surface Nanostructures - Nanoscale surface phenomena, mechanisms of assembly, structural transitions and kinetic processes in atomic and molecular surface clusters, nanoparticles and thin films
  • Surface Modification - tailoring the chemical, physical and mechanical properties of surfaces and interfaces for compatibility in their specific application
  • 3D Printing of Metals and Alloys - melting and fusion of metal powders and solification, processes, microstructure and the underlying surface physics involved
  • Corrosion protection - alternatives to currently used, hazardous, inorganic treatments
  • Novel Photovoltaics - building new architectures for harvesting solar power
  • Carbon-based Molecular Electronics - aimed at producing atomic and molecular-scale wires on surfaces using environmentally favourable materials, reducing the energy footprint of silicon and rare-earth metal based technologies

and involves a range of spectroscopic and surface science characterisation methods, such as (but not limited to) X-ray Photoelectron, Ultra-Violet Photoelectron and Auger electron spectroscopy (XPS, UPS, AES) and microscopy (SEM, TEM, SAM), streaming zeta-potential (SZP), mass spectrometry (ToFSIMS), scanning probe microscopies (STM, AFM), Raman confocal microscopy and synchrotron measurements with most of these techniques.

ORCID ID - orcid.org/0000-0003-0088-7361

Teaching interests

I believe that students are best able to learn when I facilitate the placement of advanced concepts in context. I do this through providing contemporary examples inspired by frontier research, demonstrations, and exploration of conceptual relationships through innovative ICT learning tasks, which encourage self-directed learning. Context provides students with the ‘big picture,’ and achieves coherence. Moreover, it enables them to link new information with existing knowledge. These approaches also guarantee that I, as an educational designer, can evaluate if I have assisted students in achieving the educational objective of ‘understanding’ in preference to ‘memorising.’ This is paramount for graduates because 'understanding' is essential for enhancing their confidence, as well as competence.

Topic coordinator
PHYS1102 Fundamental Physics II
NANO1101 Fundamentals of Nanotechnology
Topic lecturer
PHYS1102 Fundamental Physics II
NANO1101 Fundamentals of Nanotechnology
PHYS2702 Classical Physics
PHYS1101 Fundamental Physics I
SERC1012 Introduction to Research
Supervisory interests
Carbonaceous materials
Materials engineering/science
Nanotechnology
Science education
Smart materials
Solar cells
Structure-processing-property relationship of materials
Surface modification
Surface science, catalysis, corrosion
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Plasma modification of carbon nanoarchitectures (1), Strategies for developing scientific literacies (1), Development of IR Sectroradiometry for real time identification of thermal objects (1)
Associate supervisor: Dynamic Thin Film Mediated Control of Chemical Reactivity and Selectivity under External Electric Field (1), Process intensification in green chemistry processing (1), Electronic properties of pyrite, pyrrhotite and pentlandite minerals
Completion
Principal supervisor: Surfactant methods for Carbon Nanotube separation and sorting into types (1), Plasma Modification of Carbon Nanostructures (2), Corrosion Protection of Lightweight metals (1), Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy for rapid elemental detection in forensic and energetic materials applications (1), Understanding self-assembly of coated aluminium powders for 3D printing (1)
Associate supervisor: Carbon Nanotube Based Surface Architectures for Molecular Electronics (1), Carbon Nanotube Production (1), Carbon Nanotube based Solar Cells (2), Chemical Characterisation of Australian Aboriginal Ochre Materials (1), Vertically aligned carbon nanotube arrays on silicon surfaces for molecular electrodes (1), Understanding bacteria-surface interactions for Enhanced Bioflotation minerals processing (1), Understanding electronic properties of pristine and surface modified graphene (1), Synthesis and characterisation of novel organic polymers for solar cells (1), Nanoclusters for Enhancing charge transport in solar cells (2)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Alisa Blee

University Medal - DEC 2008

Ashley Slattery

Vice Chancellor's Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - APR 2016

Caroline Watson

Poster Prize, 21st Royal Australian Chemical Institute Research and Development Conference - DEC 2013

Anders Barlow

Best Student Presentation - AMN4 (Otago, NZ) - FEB 2009

Ben Flavel

Alexander von Humbolt Research Fellowship (PostDoctoral) - APR 2011

Ashley Slattery

Flinders University Best Research Student Paper 2012 - DEC 2012

Daniel Tune

Flinders University Best Research Student Paper 2013 - DEC 2013

Ben Flavel

Best Poster Presentation, NanoE3 International Conference, Couran Cove, Australia - SEP 2007

Ben Flavel

Bloom-Gutmann Prize for Electrochemistry, RACI - DEC 2008

Ashley Slattery

2nd place best student oral presentation (ARNAM/ARCNN 2010 workshop) - DEC 2010

Ashley Slattery

University Medal - DEC 2009

Anders Barlow

University Medal - DEC 2006

Adam Blanch

University Medal - DEC 2006

Chris VanDijk

University Medal - DEC 2005

John Debs

University Medal - DEC 2006

Joshua Makepeace

University Medal - DEC 2009

Joshua Makepeace

Rhodes Scholar to Oxford University - APR 2010

Natalya Schmerl

University Medal - DEC 2010

Lilian Ellis-Gibbings

University Medal - DEC 2010

Rhiannon Murrie

University Medal - DEC 2011

Publications
Expert for media contact
Nanotechnology
Physics
Surface science
3D Printing of Metals
Additive Manufacturing
Corrosion Protection
Physics
Science-Industry Engagement
Surface Modification
nanotechnology
plasma nanoscience
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+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Nanotechnology
  • Physics
  • Surface science
Interests
  • 3D Printing of Metals
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Corrosion Protection
  • Physics
  • Science-Industry Engagement
  • Surface Modification
  • nanotechnology
  • plasma nanoscience

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