Prof Keith Nugent

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at the Australian National University

Keith holds a PhD in laser physics from the Australian National University and has previously served as Director of the Australian Synchrotron, Laureate Professor of Physics at the University of Melbourne and Research Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coherent X-ray Science.

Working together with his fellow Centre colleagues, Brian Abbey and Harry Quiney, Keith is developing new X-ray free electron laser (XFEL) imaging technology to determine the structure of single molecules. This is presently not possible with existing X-ray crystallography techniques and requires improved understanding of fundamental physics.

Over a distinguished career, Keith has won numerous awards for his scientific excellence and leadership including the Victoria Prize in 2004, Centenary Medal in 2003 and two R&D100 awards for innovation in 1988 and 2001.

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