Prof Dmitri Golberg

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Australian Laureate Fellow, Head of the Inorganic Nanomaterials Laboratory

Prof. Dmitri Golberg has over 25 years of hands-on experience in transmission electron microscopy operations on JEOL microscopes; namely JEOL-3000F and JEM-3100FEF (Omega filter), and Energy Dispersion X-ray analysis (EDX) and Electron Energy Loss spectroscopy (EELS) for chemical and fine electronic structure analyses. The larger portion of his past and present endeavours has been devoted to the design, development and utilization of prospective methods of in situ TEM nanomanipulations with diverse nano-samples inside TEM and material nano-engineering inside the electron microscopes. In addition, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction analysis, Mossbauer spectroscopy, Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technique, and magnetic susceptibility measurements have also been effectively used.

Dmitri is also skillful at all kinds of nanomaterial syntheses including laser ablation, chemical vapour deposition, induction heating, soft chemistry methods, zone refinement processing for single crystal growth, melt spinning and electrospinning, spark plasma sintering, and hot pressing methods for metal and ceramic powder samples compacting etc. All these techniques were effectively utilized by him to fabricate diverse nanostructures in more than 70 inorganic chemical systems.

Dmitri was able to demonstrate excellent research mentoring of numerous post-graduate students and post-doctoral researchers during his entire career. For example, over 45 post-doctoral researchers were personally trained by him during the last 15 years. All Dmitri’s post-docs chose teaching and scientific research as a profession, and are currently the backbones of their Institutes. He built up an internationally famous “Nanotube” group at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan, which has been within the top-cited groups of this Institute for the last 10 consecutive years. In addition, as a scientific leader, in 2011 he established and is currently guiding one of the best Laboratories in Russia related to the Nanomaterial studies at the National Institute for Materials Science “MISIS” in Moscow. This laboratory comprises of experimental and theoretical units, that allows Dmitri and his Moscow colleagues to combine the most modern experimental techniques, e.g. AFM equipped with Raman spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) etc. with the advanced methods of first-principal theoretical calculations, e.g. molecular dynamics and density functional simulations using supercomputers.

The newest Dmitri’s laboratory at QUT, and the former ones at NIMS, Tsukuba, Japan and MISIS, Moscow, Russia are closely related and perform many joined experiments and theoretical calculations, applied for numerous joined Projects and funding applications.

Since 2004, Dmitri has developed a strong focus on teaching, educating and supervising undergraduate and graduate students within the joint school of NIMS and Tsukuba University, Japan. Starting as an adjunct Associate Professor of the Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences in 2004, he was promoted to a Full Professor position in April 2010. He developed a section of the “Nanomaterials” course which he has had the privilege of teaching since 2005 for the graduate school of Tsukuba University. From Dec. 2009 he has also been teaching the entire course on “Transmission Electron Microscopy and X-ray spectroscopy”, which he developed for the graduate students of the University. A semester course comprises of 12 lectures and practical seminars, and training at TEM facilities affiliated with his Unit at NIMS.

The major achievements of Dmitri’s scientific career have been related to the challenging know-how syntheses of novel nanoscale materials and their ultimate analysis by high resolution TEM, and in particular to the development and application of new methods of in situ TEM for the nanomaterial property studies. This research yielded a number of the most prestigious Japanese and International awards including Best Materials Science Paper Award (05/1999); Tsukuba Prize (10/2005), 3rd Thomson Reuters Research Front Award (02/2012), Seto Award of the Japanese Microscopy Society (05/2014) given to the electron microscopist in Japan who demonstrated the best yearly performance; and nomination to the Highly Cited World Researchers during four consecutive years of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Thomson Reuters (i.e. placement among 1% of most cited world researchers). In 2017 Dmitri also secured the NIMS President Prize. Dmitri’s papers (over 650 published papers overall) have been cited more than 44.000 times (H-index 111). At present Dmitri is included into 300 top-cited world Materials Science on the Web of Science.