Dr Avi Bendavid

Senior Principal Research Scientist

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Biography

Avi Bendavid joined CSIRO in April 1997. He has worked on developing advanced thin film deposition processes, producing commercial quality coatings and nanostructures for a range of applications including biomedical, optical, display technology and wear resistance. Avi has an extensive expertise in the field of thin film deposition technologies, surface analysis, analytical techniques and microfabrication methods. Over the years, he has been instrumental to the success of his group with major external clients that include Canon, CalTech, AIS, Cochlear, Boeing, SGE Analytical Science and Holden Innovation. Avi has undertaken feasibility studies, scientific studies, transferred technology to industry, developed new platform capabilities and demonstrations of CSIRO technologies. Over the years, Avi co-supervised and mentored postdoctoral fellows and 5 PhD, 5 Masters, 3 Honours students and new staff members that joined the group. Avi has published 7 book chapters, over 140 papers in prestigious refereed journals, and his work has over 3800 citations and his h-index is 34 (Google Scholar). His publication record indicates the inventiveness and quality of his research contributing across fields ranging from biomedical, corrosion science, nanostructures, anti-bacterial, gas sensing, hard coating and thin film technology. Avi is a member of 6 editorial boards of international journals, and is also a referee for several high-profile international journals. He received an award from ACS publications for valuable contributions and dedicated service in the peer review of manuscripts submitted to ACS journals (2011, 2013 and 2014). Avi received award from Elsevier for valuable contribution in the peer review of manuscripts submitted to Thin Solid Films & surface and coating technology journals. Bendavid was named the most-cited author of 2011 by the Diamond and Related Materials journal for a paper dealing with a process developed for the deposition of Diamond-like carbon (DLC) thin films. Bendavid was a key team member of the team that deposited the thin films on the optics used in the LIGO experiment in USA. The LIGO project, a high-profile international project run by CalTech, has the aim of detecting gravitational waves as predicted by Einstein.The project lead to major scientific breakthroughs (detection of gravitational waves for the first time, Sept 2015) and has raised the international profile of CSIRO. This project has been nominated for Nobel prize in Physics for 2017.

Achievements and Awards

  • Australian Insitiute of Physics-Avi Bendavid

    Award for postgraduate Excellence
    Univertsity of Technology, Sydney

  • Institutution of Engineers, Canberra-Avi Bendavid

    Engineering Excellence Award
    CSIRO

  • Institutution of Engineers, Australia-Avi Bendavid

    Engineering Excellence Award
    CSIRO

  • Elsevier-Avi Bendavid

    Award for valuable contribution in the peer review of manuscripts submitted to Thin Solid Films
    CSIRO

  • Elsevier-Avi Bendavid

    Award for valuable contribution in the peer review of manuscripts submitted to Surface and Coating Technology
    CSIRO

  • American Chemical Society-Avi Bendavid

    Award for valuable contribution and dedicated service in the peer review of Manuscripts submitted to ACS journals (2011 and 2013).
    CSIRO

  • Elsevier-Avi Bendavid

    Top Cited Author 2011 for the Article: “The properties of fluorine containing diamond-like carbon films prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition”, Diamond and Related Materials journal (2011).
    CSIRO

Current Roles

  • Project Leader
    Biomass Upgrading

  • Project Leader
    Diamond-like carbon coating

  • researcher
    pH sensor development

  • Project Leader
    Nanoparticles synthensis by transfer arc

  • Project leader
    Nano-diamonds for biomedical imaging

Academic Qualifications

  • 1996

    PhD (Applied Physics), University of Technology, Sydney

  • 1991

    B. App. Sc (Applied Physics), UTS (part-time)

Professional Experiences

  • 1997-present

    Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO, This position involves the development and commercialisation of advanced coating technology for manufacturing and other industries and participates in the pure and applied research of the surface engineeringg group.

  • 1993-1997

    Research Scientist, CRC for Molecular Engineering and Technology. My role was to develop electrodes and provided extensive degree of expertise in a wide range of surface analysis & thin film deposition techniques for development of the AMBRI Biosensor.

  • 1991-1993

    This position involved in the development of technology for the deposition of wear resistance thin films for coinage dies application

  • 1990-1991

    This position involved in developing thin-film devices for the fabrication of SQUIDs for Biomagnetometry applications

Other highlights

  • 2010-2016

    Bendavid was a key team member of the team that deposited the thin films on the optics used in the LIGO experiment in USA. The LIGO project, a high-profile international project run by CalTech, has the aim of detecting gravitational waves as predicted by Einstein.The project lead to major scientific breakthroughs (detection of gravitational waves for the first time, Sept 2015) and has raised the international profile of CSIRO. This project has been nominated for Nobel prize in Physics for 2017.

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2004-2006

    Member of the Science committee of Industrial Physics Division , 2004.

  • 1998-2004

    Liase with UTS to find projects for Industrial students

  • 2014-2016

    Member of the Science committee of HPMI, CSIRO

  • 2014-2014

    Science Peer Reviewer for the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) 2014 Science Investment Round.

  • 1995-current

    Reviewer for several high profile international scientific journals

Publications

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