Michelle Simmons


  • BSc PhD (1985-1991) University of Durham, UK
  • Post Doc (1992-1998) University of Cambridge, UK
  • QEII Research Fellow (1999-2003) University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Australian Research Council Federation Fellow (2003-)
  • Centre Director Professor of Physics, University of New South Wales
  • Federation Fellow Director Atomic Fabrication Facility
  • Program Manager Atomic Fabrication and Crystal Growth

Background: Professor Simmons is a Federation Fellow and Director of the Atomic Fabrication Facility at the UNSW.
In the 1990s, she spent 6 years as a Research Fellow working with Professor Sir Michael Pepper FRS at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, UK, in quantum electronics. Her research in nanoelectronics combines molecular beam epitaxy and scanning tunnelling microscopy to develop novel electronic devices at the atomic scale. She has published more than 260 papers in refereed journals (with over 3200 citations), published a book on Nanotechnology, four book chapters on quantum electronics, has filed four patents and has presented over 50 invited and plenary presentations at international conferences. In 2005 she was awarded the Pawsey Medal by the Australian Academy of Science and in 2006 became the one of the youngest elected Fellows of this Academy.

Core Research Areas are:

  • The Solid State Quantum Computer
  • Atomic-scale Devices in Silicon
  • Quantum Electronic Devices