Dr Elaine Walker
BSc (Hons) Physics, PhD in Physics

Associate Lecturer

About me

I have been at Murdoch University, both as a student and eventually as an Academic since 1990. Although my degree is in physics I have a strong interest in renewable energy and my PhD was on the physics of some solar cell materials. I am also strongly involved in the Energy Studies department, both in an academic and support role.

Teaching area

I am lecturing in both the Physics and Energy Studies areas.

I am a unit coordinator for:

  • PEN317 – Physics of Materials
  • OSCI16 – General Physics
  • PEN670 – Energy Efficient Buildings
  • PEN673 – Environmental Architecture Dissertation

I lecture or have lectured in:

  • PEN317 – Physics of Materials
  • PEN120 – General Physics
  • PEN152 – Principles of Physics
  • PEN592 – Energy in Society
  • PEN190 – Introduction to Energy Studies
  • PEN530 – Advanced Topics in Physics and Nanotechnology: Theoretical
  • PEN670 – Energy Efficient Buildings
  • PEN587 – Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development

I also do tutoring and/or lab demonstrating for:

  • PEN120 – General Physics
  • PEN152 – Principles of Physics
  • PEN317 – Physics of Materials

Research areas

My areas of research interest are in the study of the valence bands of solar cell material using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Auger analysis. I also am interested in solar cells in general and other forms of renewable energy, including solar passive design and solar hot water systems.

Current projects

In terms of research I am currently working on a paper comparing the XPS valence band of crystalline, amorphous, and hydrogenated amorphous silicon.

 

Awards and grants

Awarded SEIT Small Grant Scheme Grant for “Performance evaluation of different state-of-the-art and innovative clean hot water systems at different climatic conditions in Australia” in 2016

Events and speaking engagements

Noble Gas Core Level Interference in Photoelectron Spectroscopy of the Valence Band of Ion-Bombarded silicon, Vacuum Science of Australia Congress, Canberra, ACT, 1997.

Professional and community service

I am a volunteer at the Perth Observatory in Bickley where I act as a telescope operator or viewing night host as the occasion demands, enabling outreach of astronomy to the public.

I was on the 2013-2014 committee of the Australian Institute of Physics (WA Branch) as an OCM. I am the vice-chair and treasurer on the 2014-2015 committee and Treasurer for 2016-present and on the Women In Physics subcommittee at National level.

I acted as a ‘Moodle Mate’ for the School of Engineering and Information Technology for 2013-2014 during the transition from the Blackboard LMS to the Moodle system. From then on I have still been acting as a Moodle Mate but am advisory only except for my own units.

Doctoral and masters supervisions

I was a co-supervisor for  Craig Bowers who has submitted his PhD thesis on The Scientific History of the Perth Observatory from 1960 to 1993.

Publications

Journals

  • Urmee, T., Walker, E., Arabzadeh Bahri, P., Baverstock, G., Rezvani , S., Saman, W., (2018), Solar water heaters uptake in Australia Issues and barriers, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 30, 2018, pages 11 - 23.
  • Walker, E., Lund, C., Jennings, P., Cornish, J., Klauber, C., Hefter, G., (2004), Noble gas ion effects on the XPS valence band spectra of silicon, Applied Surface Science, 222, 1-4, pages 13 - 16.
  • Walker, E., Lund, C., Klauber, C., Jennings, P., Cornish, J., Clare, B., Hefter, G., (1998), A Semi-quantitative study of disorder in argon ion-bombarded crystalline silicon using Auger lineshape analysis, Applied Surface Science, 126, , pages 265 - 272.

Conference

  • Djordjevic, S., Baverstock, G., Walker, E., Urmee, T., (2014),Identification of the barriers for the slow uptake of solar water heaters in Australia,In: 52nd Annual Conference, Australian Solar Energy Society.