PROF Steven Prawer

PROF Steven Prawer


  • Bionics (retinal implants, neuroscience, bionic eye)
  • Quantum information processing (Diamond, ion implantation, micromachining, quantum optics,quantum communication,ion beam analysis, single photon sources, qubits, nanotechnology)
  • Raman Micrcroscopy (wide band gap semiconductors, AlN, GaN)
  • ion beam processing (focused ion beam processing)



  • Professor Prawer is the director of the Melbourne Materials Institute, a multidisciplinary research initiative dedicated to using advanced materials science and technology to address problems of global significance. ( He has a world wide reputation in advanced diamond science and technology with over 25 years of experience and over 250 scientific publications.

    Professor Prawer is currently a senior leader one of Australia’s most prestigious national projects dedicated to the development of a bionic eye. He leads the team to develop the high density electrode array plus encapsulation strategy capable of delivering a high acuity device which will enable profoundly blind people to once again be able to recognize the faces of loved ones and read large print.

    In 2000 he spearheaded The University of Melbourne’s entry into the world of quantum computing and nanotechnology becoming the inaugural Director of the Melbourne node of the Special Research Centre for Quantum Computer Technology  He has developed the technology for the fabrication for practical, diamond based quantum devices, such as single photon sources for secure communications, and room temperature read-out for spintronics for use in advanced quantum sensing. In 2005 he cofounded Quantum Communications Victoria (, which produced the first prototype commercial single photon source, for use in quantum key distribution for ultra-secure communications.

    Professor Prawer has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Lady Davis Visiting Professorship, The David Syme Research Prize, a Fulbright Senior visiting fellowship, visiting fellowship at Woolfson College Inin Oxford, and the Royal Society of Victoria Research medal. In 2010 he was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in recognition of his seminal contributions to diamond science and technology. He lives in Melbo



Member of

  • Materials Research Society. Full Member 1988 -
  • Australian Institute of Physics. Full Member 1985 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • DSc, University of Melbourne 1998
  • PhD, Monash University 1985
  • BSc(Hons), Monash University 1981

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, 2010
  • Royal Society of Victoria, 2008
  • Visiting Fellowship at Wolfson College (5 mths), Oxford University, 2007
  • Youth Lecturer, Australian Institute of Physics, 2001
  • Lady Davis Visiting Professorship, Hebrew University, 2001
  • David Syme Research Prize for best original research work, The University of Melbourne (Faculty of Science), 1995
  • Fulbright Senior Fellowship, Australian-American Fulbright Commission, 1995
  • CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship (2 years), CSIRO, 1984
  • John J McNeill Prize in Physics awarded to the top class I Honours student, Monash University, 1981
  • Vera Moore Junior Research Fellowship for most promising scholar to undertake postgraduate degree, Monash University, 1981



Available for supervision

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