Head, Space Plasma, Power and Propulsion Group
Australian National University
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Rod Boswell is a Professor at the Australian National University and head of
the Space Plasma, Power and Propulsion group of the Plasma Research Laboratory.
He is active in the fields of plasma processing of surfaces for microelectronics
and optoelectronics, plasma thrusters, fuel cells as well as basic linear and
non-linear processes in plasmas.
Over the past 15 years he has published over 100 papers in major international
journals, been granted 7 patents, given about 50 invited lectures in international
conferences and presented his group's work to many industrialists in many countries.
He is interested in discovering interesting phenomena and using them in practical
ways. His helicon reactor is well known as a fascinating research experiment
and an effective processing tool in the microelectronics industry. In recent
years he has become interested in applying electric double layers to astrophysical
phenomena and to space propulsion.
His group will be contributing to the hydrogen economy by deposition of nano-agregates
of catalysts and new proton conducting membranes. He has been elected Fellow
of the Australian Academy of Sciences. He is a keen skier and long board surfer
and has been known to paddle a canoe down very long rivers.