Prof. Matthew Ronald PHILLIPS


Personal Profile:

  • Research expertise: materials physics, particularly in the use of novel experimental techniques to investigate the opto-electronic properties of technologically important light-emitting materials and nanostructures. ARC Field of Research: Materials Engineering & Condensed Matter Physics
  • Co-authored of over 260 refereed publications with over 1750 citations, H-index = 24 (Scopus) and over 220 conference paper abstracts. For details see:
  • Over 30 invited talks at international conferences and over 35 invited seminars at national and overseas research laboratories
  • Over 20 Australian Research Grants (11 as lead CI) and 10 UTS Internal Grants
  • Organiser and presenter of over 27 professional workshops and short courses at national and international conferences
  • Twenty five years’ experience in advanced microscopy and materials microcharacterisation
  • Twenty years’ experience in directing a centralised equipment facility with a resident staff of five 

Research Summary:

Professor Matthew Phillips and his students conduct research on the light emitting properties of bulk and nano-structured wide band gap materials, in particular group III – nitride and binary oxide semiconductors. The group’s experimental methods comprise; scanning cathodoluminescence microscopy, spectroscopy and spectral imaging, electron microscopy,  scanning probe microscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, deep level transient spectroscopy, soft X-ray synchrotron spectroscopy and a broad range of associated materials microcharacterisation, as well as a variety nano-fabrication techniques. The practical application of his work involves the fabrication of high performance solid state lighting devices and nano-phosphorus, the design of advanced photon and electron detectors as well as the development of innovative bio-imaging platform technologies. His specific research interests include:

  • optical and electrical properties of point defects in solids
  • fabrication and investigation of nanowires and nano-particles
  • physics of light emitting low dimensional semiconductor structures, quantum wells, wires and dots
  • physics and chemistry of super luminescence phosphors
  • transport dynamics of polarons, excitons and polaritons in wide band gap semiconductors
  • in-situ studies of nano-wires during growth
  • light-matter interactions in confined systems 

Tertiary Qualifications:

  • BSc. University of New South Wales (UNSW)
  • Ph.D. University of Technology, Sydney(UTS) 

Present Position at UTS:

  • Professor of Applied Physics
  • Director, Microstructural Analysis Unit, Faculty of Science 

Employment History (1996 – to present):

  • Professor of Applied Physics, UTS, 2010 – 
  • Visiting Professor, TechnischeUniversität Berlin, 2013
  • Foundation Director, UTS Research Strength, Materials and Technology for Energy Efficiency, 2010-12
  • Associate Head (Research), Department of Physics and Advanced Materials, 2006-11
  • VisitingProfessor, Université de Sherbrooke, Québec,  2005
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Science, UTS, 2003 – 2009
  • Research Program Leader – UTS, Institute for Nanoscale Technology 2001-2006
  • Director, Microstructural Analysis Unit, 1996 –



Honours and Awards:

  • Awarded the 1992 Philips Cowley-Moodie Award by the Australian Society for Electron Microscopy