Professor Michelle Spencer is the Associate Dean of Applied Chemistry & Environmental Science in the School of Science. Her research expertise is in computational materials chemistry and physics.
Professor Spencer’s research specialises in computational chemistry. She focuses on using density functional theory and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to determine the structure, dynamic properties and surface reactions of materials and nanomaterials for applications in electronic devices, gas sensors and batteries.
She collaborates with industry and local and international researchers and has secured research grants from both industry and government. She collaborates extensively with Defence Science and Technology (DST) and the CSIRO. She is also a Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET).
Professor Spencer is passionate about digital innovations in science education, and has developed a mobile application, called Chirality-2, for teaching concepts in undergraduate chemistry. The app is available to download for free on the Google Play and Apple stores.
Michelle has been awarded multiple university, national and international teaching grants and awards for excellence in HE teaching and digital innovations, including a 2019 AAUT Citation for Excellence in Teaching.
As the Associate Dean of Applied Chemistry & Environmental Science, Professor Spencer is a member of the School of Science Executive and provides tactical leadership for staff within the Discipline. She is responsible for leading her Discipline to deliver on College research and teaching strategy.
Michelle is also an active researcher and has won competitive grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and several national supercomputing facilities. She has a strong interest in materials science, particularly for sustainable energy technologies.
- Fellow, and Chartered Chemist, The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI CChem)
- Member, Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (ACEDD)
- Member, Australian Heads of Chemistry group
- Member, The Australian Institute of Physics (AIP)
- Member, The Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN)
- PhD, LaTrobe University
- B Sc(Hons) LaTrobe University
- Abbas, S.,Osborne, D.,Spencer, M. (2020). Theoretical insight on the origin of anelasticity in zinc oxide nanowires In: Nanoscale, 12, 2439 - 2444
- Rahman, M.,Abbas, S.,Ahmed, T.,Spencer, M.,Walia, S.,Sriram, S.,Bhaskaran, M. (2020). Differential Work-Function Enabled Bifunctional Switching in Strontium Titanate Flexible Resistive Memories In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 12, 7326 - 7333
- Mapleback, B.,Brack, N.,Thomson, L.,Spencer, M.,Osborne, D.,Doshi, S.,Thostenson, E.,Rider, A. (2020). Development of Stable Boron Nitride Nanotube and Hexagonal Boron Nitride Dispersions for Electrophoretic Deposition In: Langmuir, 36, 3425 - 3438
- Jannat, A.,Yao, Q.,Zavabeti, A.,Syed, N.,Zhang, B.,Ahmed, T.,Kuriakose, S.,Mohiuddin, M.,Pillai, N.,Haque, F.,Ren, G.,Abbas, S.,Spencer, M.,Murdoch, B.,Wang, L.,McConville, C.,Walia, S.,Daeneke, T.,Ou, J. (2020). Ordered-vacancy-enabled indium sulphide printed in wafer-scale with enhanced electron mobility In: Materials Horizons, 7, 827 - 834
- Arash, A.,Abbas, S.,Spencer, M.,Jain, S.,Arash, S.,Mazumder, A.,Mayes, E.,rahman, F.,Singh, M.,Bansal, V.,Sriram, S.,Walia, S.,Bhaskaran, M.,Balendhran, S. (2020). Electrically Activated UV-A Filters Based on Electrochromic MoO3�x In: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 12, 16997 - 17003
- Krishnamurthi, V.,Khan, H.,Ahmed, T.,Zavabeti, A.,Abbas, S.,Jain, S.,Spencer, M.,Balendhran, S.,Crozier, K.,Li, Z.,Fu, L.,Mohiuddin, M.,Low, J.,Shabbir, B.,Boes, A.,Mitchell, A.,McConville, C.,Li, Y.,Kalantar Zadeh, K.,Mahmood, N.,Walia, S. (2020). (In Press) Liquid-Metal Synthesized Ultrathin SnS Layers for High-Performance Broadband Photodetectors In: Advanced Materials, , 1 - 10
- Kumari, S.,Chouhan, A.,Sharma, O.,Kuriakose, S.,Abbas, S.,Spencer, M.,Walia, S.,Sugimura, H.,Khatri, O. (2020). Structural-Defect-Mediated Grafting of Alkylamine on Few-Layer MoS2 and Its Potential for Enhancement of Tribological Properties In: ACS applied materials & interfaces, 12, 30720 - 30730
- Kuriakose, S.,Jain, S.,Abbas, S.,Spencer, M.,Murdoch, B.,Singh, M.,Rahman, F.,Mayes, E.,Taha, M.,Ako, R.,Bansal, V.,Ahmed, T.,Sriram, S.,Bhaskaran, M.,Balendhran, S.,Walia, S. (2020). (In Press) Monocrystalline Antimonene Nanosheets via Physical Vapor Deposition In: Advanced Materials Interfaces, , 1 - 8
- Ahmed, T.,Kuriakose, S.,Rahman, M.,Bhaskaran, M.,Sriram, S.,Walia, S.,Abbas, S.,Spencer, M.,Bansal, V et al, . (2019). Multifunctional Optoelectronics via Harnessing Defects in Layered Black Phosphorus In: Advanced Functional Materials, , 1 - 12
- Abbas, S.,Isayev, O.,Spencer, M.,Winkler, D. (2019). Predicting Thermal Properties of Crystals Using MachineLearning In: Advanced Theory and Simulations, 3, 1 - 6
6 PhD Completions7 PhD Current Supervisions
- A proton flow reactor system for large-scale electrical energy storage and bulk export of hydrogenated carbon based material. Funded by: 073-Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) R&D Grants 2018 onwards from (2018 to 2021)
- Exploring piezoelectricity of two-dimensional nanocrystals and nanodevices. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2018 from (2018 to 2021)
- Reactions of Lithium Metal Electrodes. Funded by: CSIRO Contract from (2015 to 2017)
- Modelling Nanoscale Materials for Sensing and Device Applications. Funded by: National Computational Infrastructure from (2014 to 2015)
- Development of Theoretical Methodologies for Reliable Prediction of the Properties of Transparent Conducting Oxide Materials. Funded by: RMIT Emerging Researcher Grants from (2008 to 2010)