Prof Harry Quiney

School of Physics at the University of Melbourne

An experienced theoretical physicist, Harry holds a Master’s degree in Theoretical Chemistry from Monash University and a PhD in Physical Sciences from University of Oxford in the UK.

Harry previously served as Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coherent X-ray Science. His expertise is in developing computational models of the structure of atoms and molecules, the quantum nature of materials, chemical bonding and the interaction between light and matter.

Working with his experimental Centre Colleagues, Brian Abbey and Keith Nugent, Harry is developing computational algorithms that interpret and translate single molecule diffraction data from X-ray free electron lasers (XFELs) into meaningful atomic structures. Modelling the interaction of molecules with XFELs is complex and involves discovering new physical phenomena because XFELs are a billion times more powerful than the X-rays used in traditional X-ray crystallography.

Harry carries out his computational work on supercomputers such as those available through the Victorian Life Sciences Computational Initiative (VLSCI).

He is also passionate about communicating the excitement and value of science to young students. He is heavily involved with the Growing Tall Poppies Program which provides practical scientific training to secondary school students.

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