Dr. Chris Creagh
PhD. Physics, Grad. Dip. Ed. Secondary Education

Senior lecturer

About me

Hi, My name is Chris Creagh, I am a senior lecturer in Physics and I have a PhD. from Murdoch University. The title of my thesis? “Analysis of the Auger Lineshape of Palladium and Tin using Auger Photoelectron Coincidence Spectroscopy”. In other words I can do physics but most of the time I find myself doing education, which is fine because I have a  Murdoch Grad. Dip. Ed. as well.

I started at Murdoch as an undergraduate student in 1991 at the age of 36 years old and progressed through the ranks to achieve the PhD and a position of Academic Chair of Physics and Nanotechnology, which I held for 5 years. I have recently stepped down from this position of service to my peers, so I can peruse my research interests in Physics Education and Surface Science.

Many years ago I was a diagnostic radiographer, WAIT (Curtin) graduate so Physics has been my passion for as long as I can remember. Physics just gives me a different way of thinking about the world, a bit quirky, a bit geeky and totally fascinating.

Teaching area

I am currently teaching
PEN152 S1 Principles of Physics
PEN231 Modern Physics
OUA SCI 19 SP1 Principles of Physics

Current projects

Trying to sort out the physics archives and memorabilia before I retire.

Awards and grants

  • 2013 Australian Office of Learning and Teaching National Teaching Fellowship
  • 2009 Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2009 Marg Hughes Award for Previously Unrecognised Service to the Science Fiction Community over an Extended Period of Time.
  • 2006 Carrick (Australian Learning and Teaching Council) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning “For excellence and passion in establishing and maintaining an outstanding learning environment for her students”.
  • 2006 Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Enhancing Learning Award
  • 1999 Murdoch University Scholarship for PhD
  • 1993 Summer scholarship to test and assess motion sensing equipment purchased for use in the first year Physics core mechanics unit at Murdoch University

Professional and community service

1999 – present Australian Institute of Physics Committee member
2009 – present Australian Institute of Physics Studentlink person
2011 – present Murdoch University SF/SF Foundation.
(We are trying to raise money to protect and make accessible a significant legacy of science fiction related material that is held in the basement of the Murdoch University Library)



  • Thurgate, S., Jiang, Z., van, R., Creagh, C., (2004),Auger-Photoelectron Coincidence Spectroscopy Studies from Surfaces,In: Correlation Spectroscopy of Surfaces, Thin Films, and Nanostructures, Wiley-VCH, pages 197 to 204.


  • Laslett, D., Carter, C., Creagh, C., Jennings, P., (2017), A large-scale renewable electricity supply system by 2030: solar, wind, energy efficiency, storage and inertia for the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) in Western Australia, Renewable Energy, 113, , pages 713 - 731.
  • Bennett, D., Roberts, L., Creagh, C., (2016), Exploring possible selves in a first-year physics foundation class: Engaging students by establishing relevance, Physical Review Physics Education Research, 12, 1, pages 0 - 0.
  • Laslett, D., Creagh, C., Jennings, P., (2016), A Simple Hourly Wind Power Simulation for the South-West Region of Western Australia Using MERRA Data, Renewable Energy, 96, , pages 1003 - 1014.
  • Rahman, M., Jiang, Z., Yin, C., Chuah, L., Lee, H., Amri, A., Goh, B., Wood, B., Creagh, C., Mondinos, N., Altarawneh, M., Dlugogorski, B., (2016), Structural Thermal Stability of Graphene Oxide-doped Copper-cobalt Oxide Coatings as a Solar Selective Surface, Journal of Materials Science & Technology, 2016, 32, pages 1179 - 1191.
  • Prosin, T., Pryor, T., Creagh, C., Amsbeck, L., Buck, R., (2015), Hybrid solar and coal-fired steam power plant with air preheating using a centrifugal solid particle receiver, Energy Procedia, 69, , pages 1371 - 1381.
  • Prosin, T., Pryor, T., Creagh, C., Amsbeck, L., Uhlig, R., (2015), Solar gas turbine systems with centrifugal particle receivers, for remote power generation, Energy Procedia, 69, , pages 1382 - 1392.
  • Creagh, C., (2014), Work-It-Out: A Strategy for Teaching First Year University Students "Things They Should Already Know", International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 22, 6, pages 77 - 91.
  • Creagh, C., Parlevliet, D., (2014), Enhancing Student Engagement in Physics Using Inquiry Oriented Learning Activities, International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 22, 1, pages 43 - 56.
  • Laslett, D., Creagh, C., Jennings, P., (2014), A method for generating synthetic hourly solar radiation data for any location in the south west of Western Australia, in a world wide web page, Renewable Energy, 68, , pages 87 - 102.
  • Jennings, P., Jiang, Z., Wyatt, N., Parlevliet, D., Creagh, C., Yin, C., Widjaja, H., Mondinos, N., (2013), Characterization of silicon nanowires grown on silicon, stainless steel and indium tin oxide substrates, Applied Physics A: materials science & processing, 113, 3, pages 723 - 728.
  • Creagh, C., (2008), Diagrams: Useful tools for investigating a student's understanding of buoyancy., Teaching Science, 54, 4, pages 48 - 50.
  • Jiang, Z., Wilkie, P., Thurgate, S., van, R., Creagh, C., (2003), The Ag M5 N45 N45 Auger photoelectron coincidence spectra of disordered Ag0.5Pd0.5 alloy, Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, 130, , pages 33 - 41.
  • Creagh, C., Thurgate, S., (2001), The use of Auger photoelectron coincidence spectroscopy to deconvolute the M45N45N45 AES of Palladium, Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, 114-116, 0, pages 69 - 74.
  • Creagh, C., (1999), Auger photoelectron coincidence spectroscopy of the 2p1/2 line in coincidence with the L3-M45M45 peak of copper, Surface Science, 432, , pages 297 - 304.


  • Creagh, C., Parlevliet, D., Lee, G., (2012),A CONSIDERATION OF QUALITY, STANDARDS AND COMPLIANCE,In: Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education.
  • Creagh, C., Parlevliet, D., (2011),Teaching External Physics Students,In: Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME) (2011).
  • Creagh, C., (2008),Do students' experiences of a service subject correspond to their expectations?,In: Symposium Presentation, UniServe Science Proceedings Visualisation 2009.
  • Creagh, C., (2008),Implementing A Focus On "Diagrams for Understanding" In a First Year Physics Unit,In: 18th Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) National Congress (2008).
  • Creagh, C., (2007),You Teach Mine and I'll Teach Yours: A case study in collaborative teaching of Physics across Australia,In: Collaborating to Offer Small Courses/Subjects Forum (2007).