Peter Liddicoat

Waterloo, New South Wales

Materials engineer, scientific leader

Working out of the University of Sydney, Peter is helping Australia’s transition to a knowledge economy by bringing a new microscope to the world that could change the way materials are engineered. This potential game-changer solves a big challenge in science: determining which atoms create properties like high-strength or superconductivity. The new microscope sees and identifies every atom in a material, and the data will enable fast and powerful computational materials design. It could, for example, result in more efficient solar panels, stronger building materials and faster planes. “The microscope reveals the ‘DNA’ of a material and will lead to new discoveries. This grant will help an Aussie invention bridge the ‘chasm of death’ between discovery and getting to market.”

Peter Liddicoat