James Williams

Emeritus Professor, MSc DipEd NE, PhD DSc ANU, DSc W.Aust., FAmIP, FAIP, FAA, FInstP, CPhys, SMIEEE

  • The University of Western Australia (M013), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 4.16, Physics Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


  • 2866 Citations
  • 26 h-Index
1959 …2019
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Personal profile


Positions held: Emeritus Professor and Senior Honorary Research Fellow from 1 July 2015
1980- Professor of Physics, Physics Department, University of Western Australia
1980-83, 83-86, 87-90 Head of the Physics Department, UWA; Winthrop Professor 2008-
1992 Dean, Faculty of Science, UWA; 1993 Head of Division of Agriculture and Science, UWA

1978-79: Senior Fellow, Science Research Council, UK
1970-80 Lect (1970), Snr Lect (1973), Reader (1976), Dept Physics, Queens University, Belfast, UK
1967-1970: Research Scientist, General Atomic, San Diego, Calif, USA.
1965-1967: NRC Fellow, Laval University, Quebec, Canada.
1965 -1965 Research Scientist, AAERC, Lucas Heights, NSW.
1960-1964 Senior Demonstrator, Physics Department, Australian National University

1984- 2015 Member, International Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Physics B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys.
2000- Editor, Atomic Physics, Central European J Phys; 2014- Editor, Atomic Physics, Cogent Physics.
2001- 2005 Member, National Scientific Advisory Committee, Australian Synchrotron.
2006-10 Member, National Endeavour Research Fellowship and Scholarships Selection Panel, DEST
1998- Member, Australian Academy of Science Committees [e.g. Chair Section 2 (Physics and Astronomy 2002-5), Selby Fellowship 2010/14, International Travel Grants]
2001- 2014 Member, UWA Senate Honorary Degrees Committee; External Examiner Uni. Malaya (1992-4)
1977-80 UK Science Research Council Physics Committee, and subcommittee on At Mol Plasma Physics.
1984-92 Member of IUPAP, Commission 15 on Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics and Spectroscopy.
1995-97 Member, International Conference Advisory Committees: ICPEAC and (e,2e) satellite; 2002-16 MPS


  • Instrumentation, design, make and repair
  • Atomic and molecular physics
  • Spectroscopy, particle and photon
  • Surface physics
  • Positron and nano-structure spectroscopy
  • Materials, defects and porosity

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Research Output 1959 2019

Aluminum oxyhydroxide-doped PMMA hybrids powder prepared via facile one-pot method towards copper ion removal from aqueous solution

Ghamari, M., Imani, A., Williams, J. F. & Ghasemifard, M., 7 Nov 2019, In : International Nano Letters. 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
dielectric properties
optical properties
hot pressing
3 Citations (Scopus)

Influence of Zn 2+ doping on the lattice defects and photoluminescence studies of Sr 2 CeO 4 :Eu 3+ nanophosphor: Applications for data encryption strategies

Sudheendra, H. S., Darshan, G. P., Basavaraj, R. B., Naik, Y. V., Premakumar, H. B., Nagabhushana, H., Williams, J. F., Hareesh, K. & Kokila, M. K., 1 Apr 2019, In : Optical Materials. 90, p. 159-171 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Crystal defects
Doping (additives)
2 Citations (Scopus)

One-step bacterial assisted synthesis of CdS/rGO nanocomposite as Hydrogen production catalyst

Hareesh, K., Dhole, S. D., Phase, D. M. & Williams, J. F., Feb 2019, In : Materials Research Bulletin. 110, p. 82-89 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

One-step gamma radiation aided diffusion of Ag-Au alloy nanoparticles into polycarbonate and its application towards the reduction of 4-Nitrophenol

Hareesh, K., Sunitha, D. V., Dhole, S. D., Bhoraskar, V. N., Phase, D. M. & Williams, J., 1 Sep 2019, In : Radiation Physics and Chemistry. 162, p. 126-130 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

gamma rays
silver alloys
gold alloys

Projects 1996 2013

Comprehensive Analysis Facility for Thin Films and Surfaces

Williams, J., Samarin, S., Mitchell, A., Austin, M., Bilek, M., Ling, C., Munroe, P., Stevens-Kalceff, M., Riley, D., Holland, A., Kennedy, B., Hoffman, M., Valanoor, N., McCulloch, D., Green, M., Kepert, C., Kalantar-zadeh, K., Maschmeyer, T., Conibeer, G., Gross, K., Burford, R. & McKenzie, D.

Australian Research Council


Project: Research

Surface and Magnetic Structure of Crystalline Materials

Williams, J., Stamps, R., Riley, J., Leckey, R., Pigram, P., Janke-Gilman, N., Usher, B., Stampfl, C. & Smith, A.

Australian Research Council


Project: Research