Emeritus Professor Robert Elliman

B.Appl.Sc., M.Appl.Sc., PhD, DSc.
Director of the Australian Facility for Advanced ion-implantation Research (AFAiiR). Electronic Materials Engineering Department, Research School of Physics.
ANU College of Science
T: 6125 0521

Areas of expertise

  • Surfaces And Structural Properties Of Condensed Matter 020406
  • Nanomaterials 100708
  • Functional Materials 091205
  • Metals And Alloy Materials 091207
  • Electronic And Magnetic Properties Of Condensed Matter; Superconductivity 020404
  • Photonics, Optoelectronics And Optical Communications 020504
  • Condensed Matter Physics 0204
  • Electrical And Electronic Engineering 0906
  • Materials Engineering 0912
  • Nanotechnology 1007

Research interests

Materials Science and Engineering

  • Memristive behaviour in transition metal oxides.
  • Metal-insulator transition in NbOx as a neuristor.
  • Nonvolatile memory technology (e.g. ReRAM). 
  • Metal-insulator transition in NbOx as a memory selector element
  • Semiconductor nanotechnology.

Ion-Beam Modification and Analysis of Materials

  • Ion-Implantation.
  • Ion-beam synthesis of novel materials (graphene, nanocrystals, etc)
  • Ion-beam induced defects and their interactions.
  • Novel applications of ion-implantation.
  • Radiation damage in reactor materials


Rob Elliman is a Professor of Physics in the Research School of Physics at the Australian National University (ANU) and Director of the Australian Facility for Advanced Ion-Implantation Research (AFAiiR), a capability funded by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (NCRIS). His research interests include: nanotechnology; materials science; and ion-beam modification and analysis of materials.  He has published ~400 papers and several book chapters in these fields, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK).

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Updated:  28 September 2023 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers