The deputy director of RMIT’s MicroNano Research Facility, Dr Sharath Sriram, is a finalist for a 2015 Australian Museum Eureka Prize.
Sriram is a finalist for the 2015 3M Emerging Leader in Science prize, for his work with early career researchers and communicating how the science of small devices can have a big impact.
It is the latest achievement in an academic career that started as a mix of chance and fascination – the opportunity to learn about the processes behind making microelectronic devices has led to further research and exploration.
“I strongly believe that science, technology, and innovation pervade every aspect of life,” he said.
“Every small aspect from pasteurised milk in the morning, to modes of transport to work, technology enabled workplaces, comfortable clothes and footwear used through the day, to temperature-controlled homes.
“Science determines even the most mundane and accepted parts of life.”
The MicroNano Research Facility (MNRF) supports high quality micro and nano research, with the aim of fostering collaboration between researchers, institutions and industry.
Sriram also jointly leads the Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group.
Among its projects are flexible electronics to enable unbreakable phones, novel nanoelectronics and communication devices for high-speed information processing, and memory devices that mimic neural synaptic interfaces, which it is hoped will unlock successful treatments for common neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, honouring excellence in Research and Innovation, Leadership, Science Communication and Journalism, and School Science.
They were first awarded in 1990.
The winners of the 16 prizes will be announced in the presence of more than 600 science, government, industry and media leaders at the Eureka Prizes Awards Dinner at Sydney Town Hall on 26 August.