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A/Prof. Julie Cairney


Associate Professor, Materials Characterisation


Ph: + 61 2 9351 4523
Fax: + 61 2 9351 7682


B.Met.Eng. 1998, UNSW; PhD, 2002, UNSW


  • 2002–2005: Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, University of New South Wales
  • 2004 (July–Dec): Guest scientist, Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2001–2002: Anglo Australian Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Birmingham, UK

Research interests

Julie’s research interests focus on the relationship between microstructure and properties of materials, with particular emphasis on the application and development of new characterisation techniques.

Current materials of interest include steels, non-ferrous engineering alloys (such as Ni-based superalloys and Ti alloys), nanocrystalline metals, hard coatings (including nanocomposites and thermal barrier coatings), and thin films (including ferroelectrics).

Characterisation techniques include:

  • Focused Ion Beam (FIB) Techniques
  • Atom Probe Tomography (APT)
  • Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) Analysis
  • Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD)
  • 3D FIB Tomography (including 3D FIB-EBSD)
  • Nanoindentation
  • Mechanical Testing

Selected publications

  • J. Van Sluytman, A. La Fontaine, J.M. Cairney and T. Pollock, “Atom Probe Study of Elemental Partitioning in Ni-Based Superalloys with PGM Additions”, Acta Materialia, 58, 1952-1962, 2010
  • F. Tang, S.P. Ringer, A. Bendavid, P. Martin, J.M. Cairney, “Atomic Scale Microstructural Details of Nanocomposite TiSiN Film”, Scripta Materialia, 63, 192-194, 2010
  • T. Alam, M. Chaturvedi, S.P. Ringer and J.M. Cairney, Precipitation and Clustering in the Early Stages of Ageing in Inconel 718, in press, Materials Science and Engineering A
  • L. Ma, M. Hoffman, J.M. Cairney and P.R. Munroe. “Effect of Coating Thickness on the Deformation Mechanisms in PVD TiN-coated Steel”, Surface and Coatings Technology, 204, 1764-1773, 2010
  • L. Yao, B. Gault, J.M. Cairney and S.P. Ringer "On the Multiplicity of Field Evaporation Events in Atom Probe: A New Dimension to Mass Spectral Analysis", Philosophical Magazine Letters, 90, 121-129, 2010
  • F. Tang, B. Gault, S.P. Ringer and J.M. Cairney, “Analysing nanocomposite titanium silicon nitride films with pulsed laser-assisted atom probe (LEAP)”, Ultramicroscopy, 110, 836-843, 2010
  • L.K. Randeniya, A. Bendavid, P.J. Martin, S. Amin, E. W. Preston, R. Rohanizadeh, F. Tang, J.M. Cairney, “Does hydrophilicity impact osteoblasts attachment on diamond-like carbon? A study using thin-film nanocomposites with titanium oxide”, Diamond and Related Materials, 19, 329-335, 2010
  • L.K. Randeniya, A. Bendavid, P. Martin, J.M. Cairney, A. Sullivan, S. Webster, G. Proust, R. Rohanizadeh, “Thin-film composites of nanocrystalline ZrO2 and diamond-like carbon; synthesis, structural properties and osteoblasts adhesion”, in press, Acta Biomaterialia
  • P. Felfer, S.P. Ringer and J.M. Cairney, “Atomic resolution grain boundary analysis using atom probe tomography”, in press, Microscopy and Microanalysis
  • C.K.S. Moy, M. Jahedi, J.M. Cairney, G. Ranzi and S. P. Ringer, “Microstructural characterization of cold gas dynamic spray (CGDS) Ti powder deposits”, in press, Surface and Coatings Technology

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