About Professor Marcela Bilek

My current research projects range from the design and creation of surfaces for protein immobilisation for biomedical applications to the development of clean energy and energy saving technologies. I love to apply my skills and experience in the development of plasma systems and processes that are used to create and modify materials to important problems that cut across disciplines. Being part of a dynamic interdisciplinary team is great fun and an experience in perpetual learning.

My interests are linked by an underlying theme – the desire to apply my knowledge to problems of significance in the “real world”, and to transfer the technologies we conceive to industry where they can be used to the benefit of society.

Marcela was appointed Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Sydney in November 2000. She was awarded a Federation Fellowship in 2003. She holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK, a B.Sc. (Hons and University Medal) in Physics from the University of Sydney and an MBA degree from the Rochester Institute of Technolgy, USA. Prior to her present appointment she held a visiting Professorship at the Technische Universitat Hamburg-Harburg in Germany and a Research Fellowship at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, UK. She also worked over a number of years as a visiting Research Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, USA. Aside from her academic experience, Marcela has worked in industry as a Research Scientist at Comalco Research Centre, Melbourne, and at the IBM Asia Pacific Group Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

In her current appointment, Marcela leads a large research group specializing in materials and energy related technologies. In addition to leading a number of large Australian Research Council research projects focused on the development of new materials, she is responsible for major industry sponsored projects on highly insulating glazing for energy efficient architecture and surfaces for biomedical applications. She has received a number of prestigious prizes for her work including the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year in 2002, an MIT TR100 Young Innovator award in 2003 and the Australian Academy of Science Pawsey Medal in 2004.

Marcela has authored and co-authored over 140 international journal articles, 3 book chapters and holds 3 patents. She currently serves on the Australian Radiation Protection & Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) Nuclear Safety Committee and the Heliac H-1 National Fusion Facility Advisory Board. She was an invited delegate to the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit, 19-20 April, 2008.

Selected publications

  • A. Kondyurin and M. Bilek, Ion Beam Treatment of Polymers: Application Aspects from Medicine to Space, Elsevier (Oxford), 2008
  • Kondyurin A, Gan BK, Bilek MMM, McKenzie DR, Wuhrer K, Argon plasma immersion ion implantation of polystyrene films, NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION B-BEAM INTERACTIONS WITH MATERIALS AND ATOMS,  266(7), 1074-1084 APR 2008
  • Gan BK, Nosworthy NJ, McKenzie DR, dos Remedios CG, Bilek MMM, “Plasma immersion ion implantation treatment of polyethylene for enhanced binding of active horseradish peroxidase”, JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICAL MATERIALS RESEARCH PART A, 85A (3) 605-610 (2008)
  • Zeng AP, Bilek MMM, McKenzie DR, Lay PA, La Fontaine A, Keast VJ, Correlation between film structures and potential limits for hydrogen and oxygen evolutions at a-C : N film electrochemical electrodes”, CARBON, 46 (4) 663-670 (2008)
  • George DF, Bilek MM, McKenzie DR, “Non-thermal effects in the microwave induced unfolding of proteins observed by chaperone binding”, BIOELECTROMAGNETICS, 29 (4) 324-330 (2008)
  • MacDonald C, Morrow R, Weiss AS, Bilek MMM, “Covalent attachment of functional protein to polymer surfaces: a novel one-step dry process”, JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY INTERFACE, 5  (23), 663-669, (2008)
  • Persson POA, Rosen J, McKenzie DR, Bilek MMM, Hoglund, C, “A solid phase reaction between TiCX thin films and Al2O3 substrates” JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 103 (6), Art. No. 066102 (2008)
  • Oates TWH, Ryves L, Bilek MMM, “Dielectric functions of a growing silver film determined using dynamic in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry”, OPTICS EXPRESS, 16 (4),  2302-2314 (2008)
  • Kondyurin A, Bilek M, Janke A, Stamm M, Luchnikov V, “Nanostructured carbonized thin films produced by plasma immersion ion implantation of block-copolymer assemblies”,  PLASMA PROCESSES AND POLYMERS,   5 (2) 155-160 (2008)
  • Rosen J, Persson POA, Ionescu M, Kondyurin A, McKenzie, Bilek MMM, “Oxygen incorporation in Ti2AlC thin films”,  APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 92  (6) 064102 (2008)