Philip N. H. Nakashima

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Monash University, Victoria, Australia 

Our Research Group


Philip Nakashima

Associate Professor

Philip is passionate about atomic bonding and electronic structure.  Read more about Philip's scientific background and research  In his spare time Philip enjoys the company of his wife Kate (who designed this website - thanks Kate!), time with family and friends, gardening, reading contemporary and classical fiction, music of all genres, the arts, handiwork around the house, going for walks in the neighbourhood and in the country, long drives, travelling, movies and fishing.

Nooshin Mortazavi


Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Nooshin is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Monash University and Harvard. She obtained her M.Sc.Eng. (2013) and PhD (2017) from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. During her PhD, she worked on developing a new generation of high-performance materials with applications in the renewable energy industry. Currently, she is exploring the structure-properties in high-temperature thermoelectric (TE) materials. The focus of her research in Philip's group is to explore the nanostructure of advanced TE materials using various TEM-based methods.

Tianyu Liu


Post-doctoral Fellow

Tianyu is a Post-doctoral Fellow in Philip's group at Monash University who obtained his PhD in 2019. His PhD focused on convergent-beam electron diffraction experiments and quantitative diffraction analyses and was supervised by A/Prof. Philip Nakashima and A/Prof. Laure Bourgeois.  Tianyu has developed an interest in software programming and high performance computing that assisted his research in copper bonding and being utilised in machine-learning projects.  On weekend breaks, Tianyu enjoys browsing internet memes.

Ding Peng


PhD Candidate

Ding is researching the atomic and electronic structure of heavy fermion materials via quantitative convergent-beam electron diffraction (QCBED) and theoretical first-principles calculations.  Since the singular properties of heavy fermion compounds, like unconventional superconductivity, non-Fermi liquid behaviour, etc., are derived from f-electrons of their rare-earth component atoms, accurate and precise measurements of the atomic and electronic structure of these materials are very important to reveal the mystery of these interesting properties and to help understand them.  Ding’s PhD is supervised by A/Prof. Philip Nakashima and Prof. Joanne Etheridge.  Ding’s research interests are electron microscopy, crystallography and first-principles calculations in the field of condensed matter physics.  In his spare time, Ding enjoys ball games and classical music.

Neil Street

PhD Candidate

Neil is researching the high frequency magnetic properties of hexagonal ferrites for use in electromagnetic wave absorbers. This involves understanding the effect of chemical doping on the electromagnetic absorption of ferrites, the interplay between chemical substitutions and the crystallographic, morphological and magnetic properties.  He is supervised by Prof. Kiyonori Suzuki and A/Prof. Philip Nakashima.  Neil has an interest in the sol-gel synthesis of ceramics and electron microscopy.  He enjoys bushwalking and photography on weekends away.

Xiaofen Tan


PhD Candidate

Xiaofen is investigating the electronic structure of voids and precipitates in aluminium alloys through quantitative convergent-beam electron diffraction (QCBED) experiments and computational modelling.  She is supervised by A/Prof. Laure Bourgeois and A/Prof. Philip Nakashima. Her knowledge also includes crystallography and programming. For leisure, Xiaofen loves going for walks, lifting dumbbells and doing yoga.

Past Students

Where are they now?


Dr Yueming Guo obtained his PhD in 2017 under the supervision of Prof. Joanne Etheridge and A/Prof. Philip Nakashima. He is working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.


Dr Tianyu Liu obtained his PhD in 2019 and is working as a post-doctoral fellow in Philip's group at Monash University.