UOW was thrilled when on the 25th of April 2019 at the meeting of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Professor Elena Pereloma (Director of UOW Electron Microscopy Centre) together with colleagues from the Institute for Metal Physics became a Laureate of the Kurdjumov Award. This award was conferred for her outstanding work in the area of physics of metals and materials science, for the development of methods for control of the properties of novel engineering materials undergoing martensitic transformations.
This prestigious award was established in 1997 by the decree of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in memory of Kurdjumov Georgiy Vyacheslavovich, the ‘father of martensite’.
Pereloma is at the forefront of fundamental research to understand the properties of materials at the micro-and atomic scales using electron microscopy and atom probe tomography as her main research tools. Her findings have been applied in industry to improve the strength and sustainability of steel and titanium products.
She is an expert in the microstructure characterisation of various materials including metals and ceramics and has gained a reputation as one of the best specialists worldwide in the characterisation of complex multiphase steels and alloys.
Forging a career from the shadow of her father and grandfather, both highly regarded metallurgists, Pereloma has carved her own success in research, teaching and industry collaboration. Among her achievements is the establishment of the Electron Microscopy Centre at UOW, which is home to one of the country’s most advanced scanning transmission electron microscopes.
In 2015, she led a team that was awarded almost $1 million by the Australian Research Council to add a focused ion beam microscope equipped with a secondary ion mass spectrometer to the Electron Microscopy Centre’s arsenal.
This grant continues a track record of research funding to the tune of $30 million over a career spanning almost three decades, as well as a significant citation record backed-up by partnerships with steel manufacturers and research organisations in Australia and overseas.
A teacher of undergraduate students and supervisor of 14 conferred PhDs, Pereloma is an advocate for young women to begin and continue careers in engineering, which for her has offered so much personal satisfaction and professional reward.
“The driving force behind my career is the wonder of discovery - opening pathways to finding proofs for long ago proposed theories using atomic level information and applying this to optimising the design of steels and alloys.”
“It is extremely satisfying that this work has contributed to the development and production of high-strength, more sustainable materials,” she said.
If you are interested in reaching out to Professor Pereloma to find out more, or to partner in research, please contact:
Phone: +61 2 4221 5507