Quantum Materials and Applications (QMApp)
Department of Physics, Macquarie University
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James is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Associate Professor
in the Department of Physics at MQ, and currently leads the QMApp group.
His background ranges from diamond chemical vapour deposition and materials
science to optics, spectroscopy and single photon sources. He completed his
undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo in Canada and subsequently
spent 6 months in the lab of Dr Donna Strickland doing ultrafast laser physics.
James then took a position in industry at DALSA Inc., a CCD and CMOS image
sensor and camera company. He then decided to take up post-graduate studies,
and completed his PhD at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, in diamond
chemical vapour deposition and plasma spectroscopy. His supervisors were Professor
Phil John and Professor John Wilson. The main interest was to understand the
role of C2 in diamond CVD using a fascinating technique called cavity ring-down
spectroscopy. For this work James built a spectrometer and measured the concentration
of the C2 radical inside a microwave plasma. James was a research fellow at
the Micro Analytical Research Centre in the School of Physics at the University
of Melbourne in the group of Professor Steven Prawer from 2003 to 2006. In this
role James developed a technique to grow single Nickel defects in diamond and
a technique to grow diamonds on optical fibres. Some of James' work was patented
and now commercialisation is being pursued by QCV (qcvictoria.com ).