PROF Les J. Allen

PROF Les J. Allen


  • Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics (Atomic resolution imaging and spectroscopy, electron scattering, inner-shell ionization, phase imaging)



  • Les Allen is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Professorial Research Fellow and he leads the Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics Group at the University of Melbourne. He obtained a PhD degree in theoretical physics from the University of South Africa. His research interests are in the area of atomic resolution electron microscopy and spectroscopy and his research group is a world leader in these areas. He was awarded the John Sanders Medal of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society in 2006. He has published over 150 papers in scientific journals. Prof. Allen is a member of the editorial board of the journal Ultramicroscopy.   


Member of

  • Institute of Physics (UK). Affiliate 2010 -
  • Australian Institute of Physics. Fellow 1993 -
  • The University of Melbourne Council. Academic Staff 2005 - 2007


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of South Africa 1980
  • MSc, University of Port Elizabeth 1974
  • BSc Hons, University of Port Elizabeth 1973

Awards and honors

  • John Sanders Medal (for excellence in developing or applying electron microscopy techniques), Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society, 2006



Available for supervision

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