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Prof

Steven Prawer

Professor
single photon sources
ion implantation
Diamond
retinal implants
wide band gap semiconductors
focused ion beam processing
carbon fibre
bioelectric medicine
bionic vision
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Prof

Steven Prawer

 
Division
Science
 
Primary Interest
Retinal Implants
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Prof

Steven Prawer

 

Steven Prawer is Professor of Physics at the University of Melbourne. He has a world wide reputation in advanced diamond science and technology with over 30 years of experience and over 390 scientific publications.

A particular focus has been the merging of the areas of nanoscience and neuroscience to push the boundaries of bionic devices. He has held numerous senior positions, including Director of the Melbourne Materials Institute, a multidisciplinary research initiative dedicated to using advanced materials science and technology to address problems of global significance (2008-2014), Node Director of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computing Technology (2000-2002), and Inaugural Director of the Defence Science Institute (2011). In 2015-2016 he served as scientific advisor at the National Research Council of Canada, working on developing pathways to impact for early stage basic research. He has led numerous consortia bids, most recently championing attempts to establish an electric medicine initiative in Australia. 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 (http://qcvictoria.com/), which produced the first prototype commercial single photon source, for use in quantum key distribution for ultra-secure communications.In 2016 he cofounded a company, iBIONICS, to commercialize the diamond technology designed to enable the fabrication of high density electrode arrays plus encapsulation capable of delivering a high acuity device designed to enable profoundly blind people to once again be able to recognize the faces of loved ones and read large print. In 2018 he cofounded a company, Carbon Cybernetics, to commercialize a next generation brain machine interface based on carbon fibres and diamond technology. 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 in 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 Melbourne with his wife and three of his seven children and in his spare time enjoys cycling, caravanning and camping in the Australian countryside.

Projects

Displaying the 67 most recent projects by Steven Prawer.

67

Projects

Project Types


45

Research Grant


17

Research Contracts


5

Internal Research Grant


Scholarly Works

Displaying the 443 most recent scholarly works by Steven Prawer.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2008

royal society of victoria research medal

Royal Society of Victoria

2007

Visiting Fellowship at Wolfson College (5 mths)

Oxford University

2001

Lady Davis Visiting Professorship

Hebrew University

2001

Youth Lecturer

Australian Institute of Physics

1995

Fulbright Senior Fellowship

Australian-American Fulbright Commission

1995

David Syme Research Prize for best original research work

The University of Melbourne (Faculty of Science)

1984

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship (2 years)

CSIRO

1981

Vera Moore Junior Research Fellowship for most promising scholar to undertake postgraduate degree

Monash University

1981

John J McNeill Prize in Physics awarded to the top class I Honours student

Monash University

2010

FAA - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science


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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Professor

Physics

Elected Member

royal society of victoria

Elected Member

australian academy of science

Full Member

Materials Research Society

Full Member

Australian Institute of Physics

Education


Doctor of Science

University of Melbourne

Doctor of Philosophy

Monash University

Bachelor of Science

Monash University