Phillip Law Post-Doctoral Award – Past Winners

This award is made possible from a generous bequest to the Society from the estate of the late Dr Phillip Garth Law AC. The award is for excellence in scientific research by an early career researcher in the physical sciences within seven years of being conferred a doctorate by a Victorian research institution. This page records past winners – for the current year’s details, please see

The Phillip Law Award was made for the first time in 2013 and the inaugural winner was Dr Marcus Kitchen for his significant contribution in the field of lung imaging, where for several years he has been investigating novel X-ray imaging techniques for studying lung development.

The winner of the 2014 Award was Dr Madhu Bhaskaran for her microtechnology work, seeking to harness the mechanical energy from user interactions with electronics, generating electricity through pressure on crystals to effectively power devices with the user’s own interface activity.

The 2015 Award winner was Dr Marcus Doherty for his work in theoretical and collaborative research with the ANU’s Laser Physics Centre, investigating the properties of colour centres in semiconductors and their applications in quantum technologies, particularly quantum computing.

The winner of the 2016 Award was Dr Samintha Perera for her work in rock mechanics, coal mining and “slop stability,” COsequestration and unconventional oil and gas extractions.

The winner of the 2017 Award was Dr Kaye Morgan for her work in novel soft-tissue, multi-modal x-ray imaging techniques.

The joint winners of the 2018 Award were Dr Sumeet Walia, for his work in nanoelectronics and mimicking neural processes with semiconductors, microchips and miniaturised energy sources, and Dr Nishar Hameed, for his work in producing smart, flexible and rapid-cure composites for integration to formable, fibre-reinforced composites, concrete preforms and graphene nanocomposites.