A first class honours graduate from RMIT, Billy Murdoch is now undertaking a PhD in Physics where he hopes to design and fabricate new nanostructured optical coatings for scientific instruments.
Phd (Applied Physics)
I'm inspired by how we can use advanced techniques – cheaply and safely – to produce materials suitable for building complex components tailored for specific applications.
I hope to improve the quality and performance of scientific instruments, by designing and fabricating new nanostructured optical coatings that are high quality but more affordable to produce.
The scientific instruments in question, namely spectrophotometers, require complex high quality components, which can be very expensive to manufacture and may employ production methods that produce harmful by-products. This type of chemical analysis is called spectroscopy and focuses on how different elements or compounds interact with light.
I’m inspired by how we can use advanced techniques – cheaply and safely – to produce materials suitable for building complex components tailored for specific applications.
During my undergraduate degree, I undertook work experience with Agilent Technologies, a world-leading manufacturer of scientific instruments that conducts optics research in Melbourne.
I enjoyed the work immensely and when embarking on my PhD, I chose to partner with Agilent Technologies, tailoring my thesis topic to suit a specific and real world manufacturing need.
While I’ve been given some degree of autonomy in my work, having an industry partner helps to keep my research on track.
I am researching nanostructured optical coating technologies that are suitable for manufacturing safely and cheaply, into the future.