Dr John Boas
Position: Honary Research Fellow
Affiliation: School of Physics and Materials Engineering, Monash University
During my PhD studies, postdoctoral research and at ARL until mid 1991, my main research interests were in the application of EPR spectroscopy to problems in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Whilst at ARL, from November 1978 until mid-1991, I was leader of a research group working on fundamental and applied problems in solid state dosimetry, principally thermoluminescence dosimetry. I also provided the EPR expertise for a group working on the chemistry of Technetium complexes (Technetium complexes are the basis for many radiopharmaceutical scanning agents).
From mid-1991 my main activities were the coordination of a team charged with the development of standards of absorbed dose for ionizing radiation, including those for the megavoltage X-ray beams as used in radiation therapy. From December 1996 until my retirement in May 2000, I was manager of the Ionising Radiation Measurement Standards Section, responsible for the research, development and dissemination of the Australian measurement standards of exposure and absorbed dose for ionizing radiation. I was the Australian representative on Section 1 of the Consultative Committee for Ionising Radiation (one of 9 specialist committees of the International Committee on Weights and Measures) and Vice-President of the committee for Standards of Ionising Radiation for the Asia-Pacific Metrology Program. My opportunities for refereed publications were limited because of the practice in the standards field of disseminating information in the form of laboratory and conference reports, reviewed internally, rather than as externally peer reviewed publications for international journals.
Since July 2000, I have been an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Physics and Materials Engineering at Monash University, carrying out research in association with Professor J R Pilbrow. My main interests are in the applications of EPR, particularly to chemical and biological problems.
Bruker ESP380E FT/CW EPR spectrometer (see Professor Pilbrow’s details for more information). We are also a beta-testing site for the SOPHE software for EPR simulations, currently being developed by Professor Graeme Hanson and colleagues at the Centre for Magnetic Resonance, University of Queensland.