Prof Jodie Bradby

Prof Jodie Bradby
Senior Fellow
Department of Electronic Materials Engineering
Physics Education Centre
B. Appl. Sci. PhD (ANU)
Office phone
Cockcroft 4 40


Jodie Bradby is a Prof in the Dept of Electronic Materials Engineering in the Research School of Physics and Engineering at the Australian National University.  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. 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 examining deformation in thin films.  She has held several ARC grants including two Linkage Projects with a start-up company Wriota Pty Ltd which was formed as a result of her doctoral work.

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. She has also held an ARC QEII fellowship in 2009 on the structure-property correlations of amorphous semiconductors and a Future Fellowship on high preussure phases. She has published over 90 papers and three patents.


Research interests

My central research interests concern the physical response of materials to various forms of mechanical stress. 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 and germanium, 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 electronic devices. 

A second major research area concerns the mechanical integrity of calcifying micro-marine creatures affected by ocean acidification.  This project is a collaboration with the CRC for Antarctic and Climate and Ecosystems.

Key interests include:

  • Nano-mechanical properties measured via depth-sensing nanoindentation
  • Deformation processes of semiconductors induced by both nanoindentation and diamond-anvil cells
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Focussed Ion Beam Milling
  • Raman Spectroscopy


Discipline (Physics) co-ordinator for the ANU PhB

Lecturer in PHYS1004 Life Physics

Technical expertise

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

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