Dr Amanda Barnard

Office of the Chief Executive (OCE) Science Leader


Dr. Amanda Barnard is an Office of the Chief Executive (OCE) Science Leader at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO); joining as an Australian Research Council Queen Elizabeth II Fellow in 2009. She received her Ph.D. (Applied Physics) in from RMIT in 2003, followed by a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory (USA), and the prestigious senior research position as Violette & Samuel Glasstone Fellow at the University of Oxford (UK) with an Extraordinary Research Fellowship at The Queen's College. As OCE Science Leader she also acts as Head of the Molecular & Materials Modelling within Data61; elite multi-disciplinary team of physicists, chemists, materials scientists, engineers and computer scientists, working to increasing our understanding of structure/property relationships using data-driven methods.

Dr Barnard is a member of numerous Boards and national Committees, and regularly Chairs scientific conferences and symposia in Australia, Europe, USA and Asia. In 2016 she was promoted to Senior Associate Editor for Science Advances (AAAS) and continued her term on the Nature Index Panel (Nature Publishing Group). For her work she has won the 2009 Young Scientist Prize in Computational Physics from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, the 2009 Malcolm McIntosh Award from the Prime Minister of Australia for the Physical Scientist of the Year, the 2010 Frederick White Prize from the Australian Academy of Sciences, the 2014 ACS Nano Lectureship (Asia/Pacific) from the American Chemical Society, and the 2014 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology (Theory) from the Foresight Institute, being the first woman to do so in the history of the award.

Achievements and Awards

  • Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology (Theory)Foresight Institute2014 - 2015
  • ACS Nano Lectureship (Asia/Pacific)American Chemical Society2014 - 2015
  • Frederick White PrizeAustralian Academy of Science2010 - 2011
  • UNSW Eureka Prize for Science Research Australian Museum2010 - 2011
  • IEEE Distinguished LecturerIEEE South Australia2010 - 2011
  • Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the YearPrime Minister’s Prizes for Science2009 - 2010
  • Mercedes-Benz Australian Environmental Research Award Banksia Foundation2009 - 2010
  • Chief's Research AwardCSIRO Materials Science & Engineering2009 - 2010
  • Future Summit Leadership Award Australian Davos Connection2009 - 2012
  • Young Scientist Prize in Computational PhysicsInternational Union of Pure and Applied Physics2009 - 2010
  • JG Russel AwardAustralian Academy of Science2009 - 2010
  • L'Oreal Australia "For women in science" AwardL'Oreal Australia and UNESCO2008 - 2009
  • RMIT University Alumnus of the YearRMIT University2008 - 2009
  • Extraordinary Research Fellowship The Queen's College, Oxford2005 - 2008

Science and Professional Areas

  • nanoscience
  • theoretical condensed matter physics
  • statistical nanoscience

Professional Experiences

  • OCE Science LeaderOffice of the Chief Executive (OCE) 2013 - 2018
  • Queen Elizabeth II FellowAustralian Research Council (ARC)2009 - 2013
  • Inaugural Future Generation FellowUniversity of Melbourne2008 - 2009
  • Violette & Samuel Glasstone Fellow University of Oxford2005 - 2008
  • CNM Distinguished FellowArgonne National Laboratory (ANL)2003 - 2005


  • Stereochemistry and Statistical Modelling for Polymer Prediction, OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme (Collaboration with Ezio Rizzado, San Thang and Graeme Moad)2015 - 2018
  • Quantum Mechanical Solvation Energies for Modelling Site-dependent pKa in Molecular Systems, , OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme (Collaboration with Manolo Per)2014 - 2017
  • Dynamic Efficiency of Nanostructures Electrocatalysts, OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme2014 - 2017
  • Statistical Nanoscience, OCE Science Leader Scheme2013 - 2018
  • Molecular Design Of Inhibitors for Self Repair of Surfaces, OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme (Collaboration with Ivan Cole)2013 - 2016
  • Thermodynamic Cartography of Zinc Oxide: Connecting Structure, Environment and Performance, OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme2013 - 2016
  • CMQMC, Project Development Grant, Advanced Materials Transformative Capability Platform2012 - 2015
  • Modelling Self-assembly of Carbon Nanostructures and the Formation of Multilayered Graphene Membranes, OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme2012 - 2015
  • ARC Discovery Grant - A theoretical hierachy to investigate the electronic behaviour of graphene nanostructures under realistic2011 - 2015
  • Predicting Material Properties for Optimal Nanodiamond-based Chemotherapeutic Delivery Systems, OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme2010 - 2013
  • ARC Discovery Grant - Environmental stability of nanoscale materials for catalysis and sensing2009 - 2014

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • External Advisory Board, AIBN Centre for Theoretical and Computational Molecular Science (CTCMS) 2014
  • Associate Editor, Science Advances (AAAS)2014 - 2015
  • External Advisory Board, Centre for the Study of Choice (CenSoC) 2010 - 2013
  • Associate Editor - Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience2005 - 2011

External Publications Lists

Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=lGtwfOQAAAAJ&hl=en
ORCID 0000-0002-4784-2382
Researcher ID A-7340-2011

Contact information


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  • +61 457 524 765 (Mobile)