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Marcela Bilek

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Marcela Bilek

Professor Marcela BilekCareer path: Professor Marcela Bilek is a physicist and is a Professor of Applied Physics at Sydney University.Branches of science: Physics and chemistryWhat she does:Bilek designs and makes custom surfaces. These are used for applications that need improving.Technological advance: She has developed techniques of treating materials with high-energy ions and thereby reducing the stress and improving bonds. This is the key to the production of strong, high performance coatings required for demanding applications such as medical devices and high speed cutting tools.Increasing the variety of resources in their field: Many of her developments have achieved huge savings in the research field. An example being the development of a 3D computer model of the complex flow processes in an aluminium reduction cell. Also, many of her developments have led to many others discovering other things in their research.Contribution to society: Her work is very important to society since it opens up a whole new dimension of applications for all the materials we currently use, as well as helping to improve their performance in their traditional applications. For example, making the surface of an object safe enough to be placed in the human body. This is not an easy task because the environment inside the body is highly corrosive and most materials trigger immune system reactions. The need for functional artificial organs and tissues is great as the demand for transplantable human organs far exceeds supply.

Professor Marcela BilekCareer path: Professor Marcela Bilek is a physicist and is a Professor of Applied Physics at Sydney University.Branches of science: Physics and chemistryWhat she does:Bilek designs and makes custom surfaces. These are used for applications that need improving.Technological advance: She has developed techniques of treating materials with high-energy ions and thereby reducing the stress and improving bonds. This is the key to the production of strong, high performance coatings required for demanding applications such as medical devices and high speed cutting tools.Increasing the variety of resources in their field: Many of her developments have achieved huge savings in the research field. An example being the development of a 3D computer model of the complex flow processes in an aluminium reduction cell. Also, many of her developments have led to many others discovering other things in their research.Contribution to society: Her work is very important to society since it opens up a whole new dimension of applications for all the materials we currently use, as well as helping to improve their performance in their traditional applications. For example, making the surface of an object safe enough to be placed in the human body. This is not an easy task because the environment inside the body is highly corrosive and most materials trigger immune system reactions. The need for functional artificial organs and tissues is great as the demand for transplantable human organs far exceeds supply.


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