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Adjunct Professor John Barry
Discipline *
Other Physical Sciences, Condensed Matter Physics, Optical Physics
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PhD (The University of Melbourne)


Biomaterials, Ceramics, Characterisation of Materials, Metals and Alloys, Nanomaterials, concentrated solar power, electron optics, glass, optics, solar energy

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Research Areas:

Teeth and hard tissues

Teeth and bone have excellent mechanical strength which is surprising since the hydroxyapatite mineral that imparts those properties is quite weak.  Our studies have revealed that biological nanocrystals have unusual shapes and that the teeth and bone strength properties are related to crystal morphology and packing.

Materials development and materials failure

 Technological advances are limited, among other things, by materials properties. The work on development of electro-ceramics and of lead-free solder employs characterisation and computer modelling.  The work on failures in glass and ceramics involves monitoring, testing, glass scanning and defect detection.

Solar thermal energy storage

 There is a need to make efficient use of solar energy, and there is a need to store energy for use when the sun is not shining.  We are working on materials and methods for storing thermal energy at temperatures ranging between 800 and 1100 C.


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