As the CEO of Atomnaut Peter is helping Australia’s transition to a knowledge economy by bringing a new microscope to the world that could change the way materials are engineered.
This potential game-changer solves a big challenge in science: determining which atoms create properties like high-strength or superconductivity. The new microscope sees and identifies every atom in a material, and the data will enable fast and powerful computational materials design. It could, for example, result in more efficient solar panels, stronger building materials and faster planes.
Peter has since received a US National Science Foundation grant to develop the technology and bring it to market.
“The microscope reveals the ‘DNA’ of a material and will lead to new discoveries. This grant helped an Aussie invention bridge the ‘chasm of death’ between discovery and getting to market.”
Learn more about Peter, including what he does every day to be more productive, the first thing he does when returning home, and why his work is important here.
Meet Dr Peter Liddicoat, the 2017 Advance Global Australian Advanced Manufacturing Award Winner and check out his acceptance speech from the Awards ceremony below.