Grants 2008

The School of Physics is one of the most active research Schools in the Faculty of Science, ranking at or near the top of the Faculty in research income each year.

A majority of these grants are funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), although other sources include the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), other government agencies and private industry.

Complete lists of grants are compiled and checked after the end of each year. The lists below represent the latest complete lists of 'Project Grants' and 'Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Grants' obtained by school staff. Note that in some cases, as indicated, grants also involve staff from other institutions.

Some other types of grants (e.g. internal University grants) are not represented in these lists.

ARC Discovery Grants - Grants and Fellowships - Learning and Teaching Grants

ARC Discovery

ARC DISCOVERY PROJECTS PROPOSALS

Primary RFCD 2401 ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCES

DP0988751 Prof J Bland-Hawthorn, Prof KC Freeman, Dr SC Keller, Prof M Asplund
Project Title: Galactic Archaeology: a Challenge for the Cold Dark Matter Paradigm
2009: $ 170,000
2010: $ 170,000
2011: $ 170,000

DP0987072 Dr S Chatterjee, Prof BM Gaensler
Project Title: Snap, Crackle, Pop: Opening the Window on the Variable Radio Universe
2009: $ 190,000
2010: $ 190,000
2011: $ 170,000
2012: $ 166,000
2013: $ 160,000

DP0987331 Dr AM Hopkins, Prof J Bland-Hawthorn
Project Title: The mass assembly of galaxies and structure in the universe
2009: $ 130,000
2010: $ 80,000
2011: $ 80,000

Primary RFCD 2402 THEORETICAL AND CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS

DP0984389 Prof CM Stampfl, Dr S Piccinin, Prof MR Scheffler, Prof AJ Freeman
Project Title: First-principles engineering of advanced multicomponent materials for clean, energy efficient thermoelectric and catalytic technologies
2009: $ 150,000
2010: $ 100,000
2011: $ 120,000


Primary RFCD 2403 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; NUCLEAR AND PARTICLE PHYSICS; PLASMA PHYSICS

DP0986853 Dr F Zare, Prof PJ O'Shea, Prof GF Ledwich, A/Prof BW James, Dr RJ Carman, Prof H Akiyama, Prof F Blaabjerg
Project Title: Improving the efficiency of silent discharge plasma systems through an effective high voltage power converter design match
2009 : $ 85,000
2010 : $ 85,000
2011 : $ 60,000

Primary RFCD 2404 OPTICAL PHYSICS

DP0986503 Dr GJ Pryde, Dr AC Doherty, Dr SD Bartlett, Prof HM Wiseman
Project Title: Approved Quantum limits in measurement and communication
2009: $ 150,000
2010: $ 130,000
2011: $ 130,000

Primary RFCD 2917 COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES

DP0986960 Dr SD Jackson
Project Title: Microfibre photonics: function densification on a wavelength scale
2009: $ 160,000
2010: $ 85,000
2011: $ 85,000
2012: $ 120,000
2013: $ 130,000

DP0987515 Dr DJ Moss
Project Title: Silicon All-Optical Nanophotonic Devices for 160Gb/s Systems
2009: $ 150,000
2010: $ 100,000
2011: $ 120,000


Primary RFCD 2999 OTHER ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

DP0986237 Prof SC Fleming
Project Title: Compact Tunable Visible Lasers - New Approaches to Phase-Matching
2009: $ 170,000
2010: $ 120,000
2011: $ 120,000

DP0988166 A/Prof SR Meikle, A/Prof RR Fulton, Prof RB Banati
Project Title: Simultaneous measurement of brain function and behaviour in fully conscious laboratory animals
2009: $ 130,000
2010: $ 100,000
2011: $ 100,000

Primary RFCD 3008 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

DP0985522 Prof M Lenzen
Project Title: Developing a global environmental, social and economic information system
2009: $ 125,000
2010: $ 95,000
2011: $ 95,000

ARC LINKAGE PROJECTS PROPOSALS

Primary RFCD 2917 COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES

LP0989752 Prof BJ Eggleton, Dr S Frisken (with Optium (Australia) inc)
Project Title: Approved Tailoring ultrafast pulses for Tb/s transmission with advanced modulation formats
2009: $ 96,000
2010: $ 95,000
2011: $ 90,000

NHMRC PROJECT PROPOSALS

569211 Dr PB Greer, Prof C Baldock, Dr K Kuncic, Prof JW Denham
Project Title: Investigation of a new imaging device for radiation therapy dose delivery verification
Total Budget: $393,441


NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION PROPOSALS

SL Kilbreath, LC Ward, KM Refshauge, C Baldock, D Bailey, B Giuffre, MJ Lee
Determination of the clinical correlates of lymphoedema: a pilot study
Total Budget: $118,424

Z Kuncic, R Hill
Towards more effective radiotherapy treatment of breast cancer
Total Budget: $105,000

Grants and Fellowships

ARC LIEF GRANTS

Prof Marcela Bilek - $750,000
Comprehensive Analysis Facility for Thin Films and Surfaces

This was one of ten grants awarded to the University in 2008, and the second largest funded.

UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY GRANTS FOR MAJOR EQUIPMENT

Professor Ben Eggleton - $61,900
PicoSolve optical sampling oscilloscope PSO 101A

INTERNATIONAL VISITING RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

A/Professor Ole Bang - Department of Photonics & Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark

Dr Theo ten Brummelaar Ð Centre for High Angular Astronomy, Georgia State University

Professor Moshe Elitzer Ð Physics and Astronomy Department, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Professor Craig Kletzing Ð Department of Astronomy, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Professor Walfhard Moeller - Department of Physics, Technische Universitat Dresden, Dresden, Germany

A/Professor Jeremy OÕBrien Ð Centre for Quantum Photonics, University of Bristol

Professor Matthius Scheffler Ð Fritz Haber Institute, The Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany.


UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWS

The School of Physics hosted two of seven University fellowships awarded in 2008.

Dr Florian Girelli
formerly The International School of Advanced Sciences, SISSA, Trieste, Italy. Research field: Quantum reference frames in quantum gravity and quantum information theory

Dr Gregory Madsen
Formerly the Anglo-Australian Observatory, Sydney.
Research field: Interstellar Ionised gas and the evolution of galaxies

Learning and Teaching Grants

Grants proposed and 'received' in 2008 for work in 2009:

O'Byrne, J.W., Thompson, R,
'Just in Time' teaching in Physics
Faculty SciFER grant - $5,000

O'Byrne, J.W., Thompson, R., Tarrant, R.,
Video presentation of first year physics concept maps
Small TIES grant - $5,108

O'Byrne, J.W., Meikle, S, Robinson, J.
A new approach to teaching Medical Radiation Physics
Large TIES grant - $46,500

MD Sharma, Les Kirkup (UTS) and project team.
Australian Learning and Teaching Council - Forging New Directions in Physics Education in Australian Universities
$130 K over 2008-2009.

Wheatland, M.S. and Hudson, T.S.
Subject retention rates in physics and chemistry
Faculty SciFER grant - $2500