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Dr Andrew Breen

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Atom Probe Support Engineer

Ph: + 61 2 9351 8098
Fax: + 61 2 9351 7682


PhD, 2013, The University of Sydney
B. Eng (Mechanical), 2009, The University of Sydney


Andrew graduated from his mechanical engineering degree at the University of Sydney in 2009 and went on to undertake a PhD at the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (ACMM) under the supervision of Prof. Simon Ringer. This research project was predominantly focused on the application and development of analytical techniques for atom probe tomography. He currently holds a postdoctoral research position at the ACMM.

Research project
Andrew is continuing to work with Prof. Simon Ringer on the development of sophisticated atom probe analysis techniques in an effort to further elucidate atomic structure-property relationships for important engineering and functional materials. Materials currently being analysed include steels, Ni-based superalloys and Si based semiconductors. Andrew is also currently working on a project analysing research and development opportunities for solar cladding nanotechnology.

Selected Publications
Andrew J. Breen, Michael P. Moody, Baptiste Gault, Anna V. Ceguerra, Kelvin Y. Xie, Sichao Du, Simon P. Ringer, “Spatial Decomposition of Molecular Ions Within 3D Atom Probe Reconstructions”, Ultramicroscopy, Published online 7th of March 2013

Kelvin Y. Xie, Andrew J. Breen, Lan Yao, Michael P. Moody, Baptiste Gault, Julie M. Cairney, Simon P. Ringer, “Overcoming Challenges in the study of nitrided microalloyed steels using atom probe”, Ultramicroscopy, 112 (2012) 32-38

M.P. Moody, B. Gault, L.T. Stephenson, R.K.W. Marceau, R.C. Powles, A.V. Ceguerra, A.J. Breen, S.P. Ringer, “Lattice Rectification in Atom Probe Tomography: Toward True Three-Dimensional Atomic Microscopy”, Microscopy and Microanalysis, 17 (2011) 226-239

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