Sarah is an applied physicist with a focus on the surface spectroscopic analysis of transition metal chalcogenides. She has established the first Photoemission Electron Microscope (NanoESCA III) in Australia. She is the founding Director of Flinders Microscopy and Microanalysis, and the Deputy Director of the Flinders Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology.
Her research utilises:
Sarah received a PhD from the Ian Wark Research Institute, UniSA in 2003. She then accepted a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Western Ontario where her research focused on the surface electronic structure of 3d transition metal sulfide and arsenide fracture surfaces using Synchrotron X-ray photoelectron Spectroscopy (SXPS) and X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES). Upon returning to Australia in 2005, Sarah worked in the Manufacturing & Infrastructure Technology division of CSIRO. In 2006 she returned to the Wark as a Research Fellow within the Australian Mineral Science Research Institute (AMSRI). In 2012 she took up an ARC Future Fellowship at Flinders University to study the interaction between bacteria and mineral surfaces using advanced synchrotron nanospectroscopic techniques.
Awards & Fellowships
Selected Major Grants
NCRIS, SA Government and Flinders University (2019): Harmer. Photoemission Electron Microscope $3.78M
ARC LIEF LE190100123 (2019): Raston; Monteiro; Thordarson; Stubbs; Chalker; Forbes; Harmer et al. Thin film microfluidic facility. ARC: $380k.
Deputy Director Flinders Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology
3 Minute Thesis University Finalist - AUG 2013
Poster Prize ICONN conference 2014 - FEB 2014
Best Poster CaPS Honours - NOV 2014
Cheiron School Travel Award - JUL 2015
Best Poster Flinders Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology Annual Conference - JUN 2019
Best Poster Flinders Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology Annual Conference - JUN 2018
Premiers Science and Innovation Council 2019-2021
Australian Synchrotron Nanoprobe Beamline Advisory Panel 2020 current
Microscopy Australia SARF Director 2019
Chair Australian Institute of Physics SA Branch 2019/2020
Vice Chair Australian Institute of Physics SA Branch 2017/2018
Australian Synchrotron Internation Program Advisory Committe (IPAC), Elected Member 2018
Chair Soft X-ray Microscopy Working Group
Australian Synchrotron Users Committee (UAC), Elected Member 2010-2012
Australian Synchrotron Internation Program Advisory Committe (IPAC), Elected Member 2011-2013, 2018
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