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2019 Laureate Profile: Professor Debra Bernhardt

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Professor Debra Bernhardt

Professor Debra Bernhardt 

Administering Organisation: The University of Queensland
Discipline area: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Fellowship project summary: 

FL190100080: The universe is comprised of systems in states of change or responding to a driving force. Yet a fundamental understanding of these nonequilibrium systems that enables predictive design has eluded scientists to date. This program aims to develop ground-breaking principles and methodologies to predict properties of nonequilibrium systems using both statistical physics and molecular simulations. Significantly, by pioneering new theories and building Australian capacity in this area, we will be able to understand, control and utilise their distinctive behaviour in design. Expected outcomes and benefits are multi-dimensional, including breakthrough theory and new capability for high-end technologies such as nanofluidics, robotics and batteries.

Australian Research Council funding: $3,432,323

About Professor Bernhardt

Debra Bernhardt is a Professor at the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, Senior Group Leader and Deputy Director of the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at The University of Queensland.

Professor Bernhardt's research interests focus on the use of a range of theoretical and computational approaches to develop a fundamental understanding of the behaviour of matter, and application of these approaches to a wide range of problems including transport in nanopores, fluctuation phenomena, design of materials, gas separation, energy storage and conversion.

For her research achievements, Professor Bernhardt was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2019 and was awarded the Association of Molecular Modellers of Australasia Medal for eminent services to the field through research, service to the molecular modelling community in 2017.

Find out more about Professor Bernhardt’s research by visiting her profile page on The University of Queensland website. For further information about this funding scheme, please visit the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme page on the ARC website.

Image credit: The University of Queensland.

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