Academic Staff

Adam Micolich

BSc (Hons) UNSW, PhD (Physics) UNSW

Associate Professor

Department

Condensed Matter Physics
Nanoelectronics Group

Brief Bio

Adam works predominantly on two main lines of research. The first is focussed on the electronic properties of semiconductor nanowires, and devices based upon them. The focus here is both on basic research, e.g., low dimensional quantum transport, and more applied, e.g., how do we better make useful things like diodes, transistors, thermoelectrics, etc. This project involves strong collaborations with the Nanometer Structure Consortium at Lund University in Sweden and researchers at the Australian National University. The second is focussed on the development of nanoelectronic devices as tools for high time and spatial resolution dynamical studies of proteins. This is a new project involving collaborations with Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and Lund University.

Adam's previous research interests encompass semiconductor nanoelectronics, quantum devices, ion-implanted plastics as novel conducting materials, and he has previously worked on interesting side-topics including the fractal analysis of artwork by Jackson Pollock. He has been working at UNSW since 2001, previously as an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow (2003-2006) and as an ARC Future Fellow (2010-2013).

Adam has over 100 refereed research publications in areas ranging from physics to education research, and has recently co-edited a book on nanotechnology research in Australia. He has been a member of the Management Committee of the Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN) since 2004, and is currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for IOP's Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter and NPG's Scientific Reports. He is also a Reviews Editor for NPG's Frontiers of Condensed Matter Physics.

Research Interests

    Novel electronic devices based on self-assembled semiconductor nanowires
    Nanoelectronic devices as a tool for studies in molecular biology
    Electronic properties of materials at the edge of inorganic and organic electronics

Curriculum Vitae

Publication List

Selected Recent Publications --- Full list at ResearcherID:

  • Electron-beam patterning of polymer electrolyte films to make multiple nanoscale gates for nanowire transistors, D.J. Carrad, A.M. Burke, R.W. Lyttleton, H.J. Joyce, H.H. Tan, C. Jagadish, K. Storm, H. Linke, L. Samuelson and A.P. Micolich, Nano Letters 14, 94 (2014). (pdf)

    This paper was highlighted in a news article in Materials Today.

  • Quantum Point Contacts: Double or Nothing?, A.P. Micolich, Nature Physics 9, 530 (2013). (pdf)

    This was an invited News and Views article about two Nature papers on the 0.7 anomaly in QPCs by Bauer et al. and Iqbal et al.


  • Electronic Comparison of InAs wurtzite and zincblende phases using nanowire transistors, A.R. Ullah, H.J. Joyce, A.M. Burke, J. Wong-Leung, H.H. Tan, C. Jagadish and A.P. Micolich, Physica Status Solidi - Rapid Research Letters 7, 911 (2013). (pdf)

  • This paper was part of a Special Issue on Semiconductor Nanowires edited by C. Jagadish, L. Geelhaar and S. Gradečak.

  • Origin of gate hysteresis in p-type Si-doped AlGaAs/GaAs heterostructures, A.M. Burke, D.E.J. Waddington, D.J. Carrad, R.W. Lyttleton, H.H. Tan, P.J. Reece, O. Klochan, A.R. Hamilton, A. Rai, D. Reuter, A.D. Wieck and A.P. Micolich, Physical Review B 86, 165309 (2012). (pdf)

    This paper was one of seven articles highlighted as an 'Editor's Suggestion' in this issue of Physical Review B.


  • Extreme sensitivity of the spin-splitting and 0.7 anomaly to confining potential in one-dimensional nanoelectronic devices, A.M. Burke, O. Klochan, I. Farrer, D.A. Ritchie, A.R. Hamilton and A.P. Micolich, Nano Letters 12, 4495 (2012). (pdf)

  • Impact of Small-angle Scattering on Ballistic Transport in Quantum Dots, A.M. See, I. Pilgrim, B.C. Scannell, R.D. Montgomery, O. Klochan, A.M. Burke, M. Aagesen, P.E. Lindelof, I. Farrer, D.A. Ritchie, R.P. Taylor, A.R. Hamilton and A.P. Micolich, Physical Review Letters 108, 196807 (2012). (pdf)

    This paper was highlighted by news articles in Science Daily, PhysOrg and Science Alert, and a podcast interview with Materials Today.

  • Realizing lateral wrap-gated nanowire FETs: Controlling gate length with chemistry rather than lithography, K. Storm, G. Nylund, L. Samuelson and A.P. Micolich, Nano Letters 12, 1 (2012). (pdf)

    This paper was highlighted in News Articles in Materials Today, PhysOrg, and ZeitNews.

    This paper is the cover article for the Jan. 2012 edition of Nano Letters.

  • What lurks below the last plateau: Experimental studies of the 0.7 x 2e2/h conductance anomaly in one-dimensional systems, A.P. Micolich Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 23, 443201 (2011). (pdf)

    This is a 73 page review covering the 15 year history of work on the 0.7 anomaly in quantum point contacts.

  • Observation of the Kondo Effect in a Spin-3/2 Hole Quantum Dot, O. Klochan, A.P. Micolich, A.R. Hamilton, K. Trunov, D. Reuter and A.D. Wieck Physical Review Letters 107, 076805 (2011). (pdf)

  • A tunable metal-organic resistance thermometer, A.P. Stephenson, A.P. Micolich, K.H. Lee, P. Meredith and B.J. Powell, ChemPhysChem 12, 116 (2011) (pdf)

    This article was highlighted in News Articles in Materials Today, Wired, TCE Today, PhysOrg, and ChemistryViews.

    This article made ChemPhysChem's 25 most downloaded papers list for 2011.

  • Electrometry using the quantum Hall effect in a bilayer 2D electron system, L.H. Ho, L. Taskinen, A.P. Micolich, A.R. Hamilton, P. Atkinson and D.A. Ritchie, Applied Physics Letters 96, 212102 (2010) (pdf)

  • AlGaAs/GaAs single electron transistor fabricated without modulation doping, A.M. See, O. Klochan, A.R. Hamilton, A.P. Micolich, M. Aagesen and P.E. Lindelof, Applied Physics Letters 96, 112104 (2010) (pdf)

  • The Latent Potential of YouTube - Will it become the 21st Century Lecturer's Film Archive, A.P. Micolich, CAL-laborate October 2008 Issue (pdf)

  • 0.7 Structure and zero bias anomaly in ballistic hole quantum wires, R. Danneau, O. Klochan, W.R. Clarke, L.H. Ho, A.P. Micolich, M.Y. Simmons, A.R. Hamilton, M. Pepper and D.A. Ritchie, Physical Review Letters 100, 016403 (2008) (pdf)

  • Enhanced Zeeman splitting in GaInAs quantum point contacts, T.P. Martin, A. Szorkovszky, A.P. Micolich, A.R. Hamilton, C.A. Marlow, H. Linke, R.P. Taylor and L. Samuelson, Applied Physics Letters 93, 012105 (2008) (pdf)

  • Impact of long- and short-range disorder on the metallic behaviour of two-dimensional systems, W.R. Clarke, C.E. Yasin, A.R. Hamilton, A.P. Micolich, M.Y. Simmons, K. Muraki, Y. Hirayama, M. Pepper and D.A. Ritchie, Nature Physics 4, 55 (2007) (pdf)

  • Superconductivity in Metal-mixed Ion-implanted Polymer Films, A.P. Micolich, E. Tavenner, B.J. Powell, A.R. Hamilton, M.T. Curry, R.E. Giedd and P. Meredith, Applied Physics Letters 89, 152503 (2006) (pdf)

  • Reply to Jones-Smith and Mathur, R.P. Taylor, A.P. Micolich and D. Jonas, Nature 444, E10 (2006) (pdf)

  • Zeeman spin-splitting anisotropy in ballistic hole quantum wires, R. Danneau, O. Klochan, W.R. Clarke, L.-H. Ho, A.P. Micolich, A.R. Hamilton, M.Y. Simmons, M. Pepper, D.A. Ritchie and U. Zülicke, Physical Review Letters 97, 026403 (2006) (pdf)

Career Top 5 Papers

  • Realizing lateral wrap-gated nanowire FETs: Ccontrolling gate length with chemistry rather than lithography, K. Storm, G. Nylund, L. Samuelson and A.P. Micolich, NanoLetters 12, 1 (2012) (pdf)
  • Zeeman spin-splitting anisotropy in ballistic hole quantum wires, R. Danneau, O. Klochan, W.R. Clarke, L.-H. Ho, A.P. Micolich, A.R. Hamilton, M.Y. Simmons, M. Pepper, D.A. Ritchie and U. Zülicke, Physical Review Letters 97, 026403 (2006) (pdf)
  • The Evolution of Fractal Patterns during a Classical-Quantum Transition, A.P. Micolich, R.P. Taylor, A.G. Davies, J.P. Bird, R. Newbury, T.M. Fromhold, A. Ehlert, H. Linke, L.D. Macks, W.R. Tribe, E.H. Linfield, D.A. Ritchie, J. Cooper, Y. Aoyagi and P.B. Wilkinson, Physical Review Letters 87, 036802 (2001) (pdf)
  • Fractal Analysis of Pollock's Drip Paintings, R.P. Taylor, A.P. Micolich and D. Jonas, Nature 399, 422 (1999) (pdf)
  • Geometry-induced Fractal Behaviour in a Semiconductor Billiard, A.P. Micolich, R.P. Taylor, R. Newbury, J.P. Bird, R. Wirtz, C.P. Dettmann, Y. Aoyagi and T. Sugano, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 10, 1339 (1998) (pdf)

Media about my work

  • Taking Polymer Electrolytes down to the Nanoscale, Materials Today Feb 2014 - (link)
  • Q & A Interview in Materials Today Jul/Aug 2012 - (link)
  • Quantum Dots podcast interview with Stewart Bland, Materials Today 2/7/12 - (link)
  • Cagey Nanowires - That's a Wrap by Laurie Donaldson, Materials Today 28/3/11 - (link)
  • Ion-blasted plastic films conduct electricity by Helen Tunnicliffe, IChemE's TCE-Today 25/2/11 - (link)
  • Plastic Conductors - Expect the Unexpected by Laurie Donaldson, Materials Today 14/2/11 (Feb 11 print edition) - (link)
  • Tunable Plastic Thermometers in ChemistryViews Magazine 14/12/10 - (link)
  • How I learned to stop worrying and love YouTube by Adam Micolich, University World News 30/11/08 - (link)
  • Video link to creative lectures by Adam Micolich, The Australian - Higher Education Supplement 22/10/08 - (link)
  • ND game by Adam Micolich, New Scientist - Last Word 22/10/08 - (link)
  • In the Hands of a Master by Alison Abbott, Nature - News Feature 9/2/06 - (link)
  • Quantum Point Contacts - Pinning down the last spin by Klaus Ensslin, Nature Physics - News and Views 9/06 - (link)

Recent Research Funding

  • Electron Transport in Semiconductor Nanowire Devices - Setting Two Top Nanoelectronics Problems on the Straight and Narrow, A.P.Micolich (UNSW), H. Linke (Lund) & L. Samuelson (Lund), ARC Discovery - $400k for 2011-2013
  • Self-assembled Semiconductor Nanowires: A New Platform for Spintronic Devices, A.P.Micolich (UNSW), ARC Future Fellowships - $686k for 2010-2013
  • Nanospintronics - Spin Transport in Semiconductor Nanostructures, A.P.Micolich (UNSW), U. Zülicke (Massey U.) & A.D. Wieck (Bochum), ARC Discovery - $380k for 2008-2010
  • Engineering ultra-low disorder semiconductor quantum nanostructures, A.P. Micolich (UNSW), A.R. Hamilton (UNSW), U. Zülicke (Massey U.), R.P. Taylor (U. Oregon) & Y. Hirayama (NTT Basic Research Labs, Japan), ARC Discovery - $1,310k for 2007-2012
  • Upgrading Australia's highest magnetic field facility for high speed measurements of quantum devices at cryogenic temperatures, A.R. Hamilton (UNSW), A.P. Micolich (UNSW), R. Newbury (UNSW), O.V. Klochan (UNSW), T. P. Martin (UNSW), L.J. Taskinen (UNSW), ARC LIEF - $100k for 2009
  • Nanoscale Electronic Devices: Bringing sample design, fabrication, test and theory together, A.R. Hamilton (UNSW), A.P. Micolich (UNSW), R. Newbury (UNSW), T.P. Martin (UNSW), M. Pepper (U. Cambridge), A.D. Wieck (Bochum), M. Governale (Bochum), R.P. Taylor (U. Oregon) and U. Zülicke (Massey U.), ARC Linkage International - $81k for 2008-2010
  • Vector Magnetic Field Facility for Nanoscale Spintronic Materials and Device Research, A.R. Hamilton (UNSW), A.P. Micolich (UNSW), R. Newbury (UNSW), A. Fuhrer (UNSW), T. P. Martin (UNSW), P.C. Dastoor (U. Newc.), U.K. Divakar (UQ) and B.J. Powell (UQ), ARC LIEF - $440k for 2008
  • Australian Research Council Nanotechnology Network, C. Jagadish (ANU), L. Faraone (UWA), P. Mulvaney (U. Melb), A.P. Micolich (UNSW) + 46 other authors, ARC Research Networks - $1,900k for 2004-2009

Teaching (Adam is teaching again from S1 2014)

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Contact Details

Office & Labs: OMB 120 -- OMB LG51, OMB LG49, OMB LG7 & Newton WG8/9

When is Adam Free?: Google Calendar

Mail Address

School of Physics
University of New South Wales
Sydney NSW 2052
Australia

E-mail Address

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Phone Numbers

              9385-6132

Facsimile Number

              9385-6060