Researcher biography

Dr Dipak Patel received his bachelor's degree in physics from Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University, India in 2005, master's degree in physics from Annamalai University, India in 2010 and the PhD degree in materials and mechanical engineering (Applied Superconductivity) from the University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia in 2016 (2013-16). During his PhD, he worked on the 'Design and Fabrication of Solid Nitrogen Cooled MgB2 based Persistent Magnet for MRI Application'. For his PhD work, he received an 'excellence student award' from his host institute at UOW, the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM) and a commendation of 'outstanding thesis' from his thesis reviewers.

Before his PhD, Dr Patel worked on superconducting magnet technologies in the Magnet Division of the Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), India as a Scientific Assistant (2006-13). In IPR, he worked on most of the commercial superconducting materials, such as niobium-titanium (Nb-Ti), magnesium diboride (MgB2), bismuth strontium calcium copper oxide (BSCCO), yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO), finite element analysis (FEA, ANSYS/COMSOL), cryogenics, vacuum and technologies required for developing small to large scale superconducting magnets.

After graduating from UOW with PhD, Dr Patel worked for about 9 months on MgB2 solenoid coils for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) applications, MgB2 racetrack coils for superconducting wind turbine applications and the development of Nb-Ti superconducting joints for MRI applications along with co-supervising his group's PhD/bachelor's students at the University of Wollongong. In July 2017, Dr Patel joined the School of Physics at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) as a technical officer.

In July 2018, Dr Patel joined the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan as a postdoctoral research fellow by winning a competitive Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship. During his JSPS fellowship, he worked on developing advanced MgB2 superconductors and superconducting joints. After returning from Japan, he worked for a short time at ISEM, UOW and later moved to the University of Queensland in October 2020 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering/EAIT. Currently, Dr Patel co-supervises three master's thesis students and one MPhil student.