Prof Jodie Bradby

Bradby, Jodie profile
Position Head of Department
Department Physics Education Centre
Materials Physics
Research group Advanced materials group
Qualifications B. Appl. Sci. PhD (ANU)
Office phone (02) 612 54916
Office John Carver 4 14


Jodie Bradby is a professor at the Research School of Physics and Engineering at the Australian National University where she leads a group on high pressure physics. 

She is the current President of the Australian Institute of Physics.

She holds a B. Appl. Sci (Physics) from RMIT in Melbourne Australia, and completed a PhD on ‘Nanoindentation-induced deformation of semiconductors’ at Australian National University in 2003. As a student Jodie was awarded a Gold in the Materials Research Societies' Graduate Student competition in 2002 and is a past recipient of the Philips Cowley-Moodie Award for Australian Electron Microscopy. After completing her doctorate, Jodie was awarded a Sir Keith Murdoch American-Australian Education Fellowship which funded a project based at Case Western Reserve University in the USA. On her return to Australia, she commenced an Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellowship and then an QEII fellowship followed by a Future Fellowship (2014-2017). She has held several ARC grants including Linkage Projects with a start-up company which was formed as a result of her doctoral work. She has published over 100 papers and three patents. In 2015 she was the Australian Institute of Physics, Women in Physics Lecturer.

Outside work hours Jodie enjoys spending time with her family, drinking coffee in cafes, traveling, walking, and reading the first few chapters of books.



Research interests

My central research interests concern the physical response of materials to pressure. I have a specific interest in the nano-mechanical response of a range of brittle materials including semiconductors, glasses and bio-materials.

My expertise concerns the nanoindentation of semiconductor materials, especially silicon, germanium and carbon, that undergo an array of phase transformations during mechanical deformation.This behaviour is currently being explored to investigate the feasibility of creating a variety of novel materials and devices. 

A second major research area concerns the mechanical properties and response to pressure of bio-materials such as the bio-mechanical responses of plant cells and micro-marine creatures affected by ocean acidification.

Key interests include:

  • Nano-mechanical properties measured via depth-sensing nanoindentation
  • High pressure physics and new phase synthesis
  • Deformation processes of materials including biomaterials
  • Diamond


Discipline (Physics) co-ordinator for the ANU PhB

Lecturer - PHYS1004 Life Physics

Technical expertise

Techniques: Diamond anvil cells, nanoindentation, Raman micro-spectroscopy, mechanical properties of brittle materials, X-ray and electron diffraction, electron microscopy

Materials: Carbons - including diamond, Silicon, Germanium and biomaterials (plant cells and shells)


It is a part of my job to share my love of science, knowledge, and expertise with people outside the world of science and the university sector.

When time allows I take part in outreach activities such as public lectures and school visits and make myself available for interviews and media requests.