Philip N. H. Nakashima

Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Monash University, Victoria, Australia 



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2022 BBQ

Posted on November 27, 2022 at 10:55 PM

This Sunday Philip's students, colleagues and their families gathered together to celebrate 2022. It was great to resume this annual 'end of the year' tradition after too long! We officially welcomed Loreibelle and Bikas to the group (and to Melbourne!) and finally got the chance to share a BBQ with Yu. There were plenty of laughs, lots of lovely food to share and a display of Melbourne weather ranging from grey drizzle to hot sunshine!  Thanks to everyone who came along and contributed delicious savoury and sweet dishes to the banquet. 

Conferences (in person) - hurray!

Posted on November 17, 2022 at 4:05 AM

Philip, Bikas, Loreibelle and Yu are heading to Perth, Western Australia, in January 2023 for the 27th Australian Conference on Microscopy and Microanalysis. Philip will lead the Diffraction Theme in honour of the late Professor Andrew Johnson. Discussion will cover all areas where diffraction contributes fundamental information to the microscopy being conducted.

Other upcoming conferences at which Philip and members of the group will present their work include:

  • Materials Oceania 2022 at the Gold Coast, Queensland (5-8 December 2022); and
  • International Union of Crstallography Congress and General Assembly in Melbourne, Victoria (22-29 August 2023) 

Virtually in Prague

Posted on August 18, 2021 at 1:10 AM

The XXV General Assembly and Congress of the International Union of Crystallography was held in Prague this year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Philip was unable to attend in person. Instead, he joined the conference virtually from his home office in Melbourne. The time difference made for some late nights, but he always had the company of his trusty assistant Pixie (seen luxuriating behind the computer in the picture below!).

Last night Philip presented 'Towards the measurement of bonding electron densities in nanostructured materials' at the conference. This collaborative work aims to measure bonding electron densities within several different nanostructures and interfaces, using QCBED based on the multislice formalism. A recording of Philip's talk is available on request. 

ARC success!

Posted on January 9, 2021 at 7:00 PM

At the end of 2020, Philip received the great news that his application for ARC funding for a Discovery Project in collaboration with Prof. David R. Clarke (Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University) and A/Prof. Laure Bourgeois (Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy, Monash University) was succesful. The project will investigate the experimental mapping of electron densities in nanostructured materials using a new technique combining the latest solid-state theory with electron scattering in one of the world's most advanced electron microscopes. The project will be conducted throughout 2021 to 2024. Watch out for developments arising from this exciting research!

Working from home

Posted on April 12, 2020 at 2:05 AM

Philip's work continues at full steam during the COVID-19 pandemic. From his home office, pictured below, he is working on his research, writing papers, teaching via Zoom, attending virtual meetings, supervising his students and participating in the life of Monash University. Take care and see you on the other side!

Philip speaking at IUMRS in Perth

Posted on July 27, 2019 at 6:55 AM

Philip will be giving a talk at the 20th International Union of Materials Research Societies conference which will take place in Perth, Western Australia from 22 to 26 September 2019. Philip's talk relates to the measurement of electronic structure and bonding around nano-voids in aluminium.

(Photo courtesy of Gyorgy Bakos on Unsplash)

Christmas Party 2018

Posted on February 12, 2019 at 11:55 PM

In December 2018, Philip hosted the annual Christmas BBQ for his colleagues and students, and their families. It was a festive occasion marking the end of another busy and productive year.  Two guests at the party had recently submitted their PhD theses (hurray!), one was heading to Belgium to start a new post-doc position, job offers were in the pipeline, and everyone was looking forward to a holiday. There was lots to discuss and celebrate!

Thanks to everyone who contributed delicious food to the meal, gifts, and great company throughout the year. 

Philip on the radio

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 2:35 AM

Philip was a guest on 3MDR radio during Science Week and talked with host Jules Vines on the 'Classically Saturday' show.  They had a great discussion about Philip's work and interests, including the surprising properties of aluminium and its alloys, developments in machine learning, and Philip's journey into science at Monash University.  Listen to Philip's radio interview here:

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Thanks to 3MDR and Jules Vines for having Philip on the show for Science Week! (

Sagamore 2018, Halifax, Canada

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 1:45 AM

Philip travelled to Halifax, Canada, in July this year to participate in Sagamore 2018, the conference of the International Union of Crystallography's Commission of Quantum Crystallography.  Philip gave a talk that explored the nexus between quantum and electron crystallography. This year the conference included delegates from 27 different countries and was a fabulous opportunity to share ideas with international colleagues. Many thanks to the organisers for hosting such an enjoyable and interesting conference.

Crystallography in Sicily

Posted on June 25, 2018 at 5:45 AM

Philip has recently returned from the ancient hill-top town of Erice in Sicily where he gave lectures and held workshops at the International School of Quantum Crystallography and the International School of Electron Crystallography.   The Schools brought together international experts and students to share knowledge and discuss the latest developments in the field.  Erice, which dates back 3000 years, provided a wonderful location to meet and discuss cutting edge science.  Thanks to the hosts and organisers for doing a great job!

Above:  Philip lecturing in San Domenico conference hall in Erice.

Above:  Delegates of the School of Electron Crystallography outside San Domenico conference hall in Erice. Philip is sitting in the front row on the far right!