Dr Chris Garvey

Instrument Scientist
Phone - +61 2 9717 9328


Dr Garvey is a research scientist who applies advanced physical characterisations at the interface between biology and materials science. As well as his role as an instrument scientist on the small-angle neutron scattering instrument QUOKKA, Chris’ research explores an underlying theme which is the difference between the behaviour of molecules singly, and as ensembles, or in more complicated mixtures such as cells and their components (e.g. organelles, walls, membranes).The differences are due to the interactions between molecules and the host matrix. A particular focus has been cell walls of plants, and the industrially important group of materials called cellulosics.


Small-angle scattering and contrast variation are important tools for his research.  Chris develops novel measurement environments and methods which further extend the utility of the small-angle-scattering technique to applied and industrial problems. The adjunct positions that he holds facilitate his interest in experimental physics applied to diverse range of scientific problems and the supervision of research students to solve useful and interesting scientific problems.



  • Soft-condensed-matter physics
  • Soil science
  • Sustainable technologies
  • Science education


Reviewer for: Advanced Materials, Langmuir, Biomacromolecules, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Biophysical Journal, European Biophysics Journal, Physica B, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, Cryptogamie Algologie.

Honorary affiliations

  • Visiting Professor, Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Universit√© Paris-Sud 11 (2017)
  • Visiting Researcher, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (2015)
  • Associate Professor, Applied Physics, RMIT University
  • Senior adjunct positions at the University of Sydney (School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences) and Monash University (Departments of Chemical and Materials Engineering)

Professional networks

Member of:
  • Australian Institute of Physics
  • Australian Society for Biophysics
  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • Neutron Scattering Society of America
  • Australasian Colloid and Interface Society
  • Australasian Neutron Beam Users Group


  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Monash University.
  • M.Sc. in Physical Chemistry, University of Sydney.

Selected publications

van ‘t Hag, L., de Campo, L., Garvey, C. J., Feast, G. C., Leung, A. E., Yepuri, N. R., Yepuri, N.R., Knott, R., Greaves, T.L., Tran, N., Gras, S.L., Drummond, C.J., Conn, C. E., “Using SANS with Contrast-Matched Lipid Bicontinuous Cubic Phases To Determine the Location of Encapsulated Peptides, Proteins, and Other Biomolecules”, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 7, 2862 (2016). doi:10.1021/acs.jpclett.6b01173


Cheng, C., Jiang, G., Garvey, C.J., Wang, Y., Simon, G.P., Liu, J.Z., and Li, D., “Ion transport in complex layered graphene-based membranes with tuneable interlayer spacing” Sci. Adv., 2, e1501272, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501272 (2016).


Li, Y., Lin, Y., Garvey, C. J., Birch, D., Corkery, R. W., Loughlin, P. C., Scheer, H., Willows, R.D., and  Chen, M., “Characterization of red-shifted phycobilisomes isolated from the chlorophyll f-containing cyanobacterium Halomicronema hongdechloris.”, BBA - Bioenergetics, 1857,  doi: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2015.10.009 (2016).


Kent, B., Hauß, T., Demé, B., Cristiglio, V., Darwish, T., Hunt, T., Bryant, G., and Garvey, C. J., “Direct Comparison of Disaccharide Interaction with Lipid Membranes at Reduced Hydrations.” Langmuir, 31, 9134, DOI 10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b02127 (2015).


Stadler A.M., Garvey C.J., Bocahut A., Sacquin-Mora S., Digel I. ,Schneider G.J., Natali, F., Artmann, G. M., and Zaccai, G., Thermal fluctuations of haemoglobin from different species: adaptation to temperature via conformational dynamics, J. R. Soc. Interface. 9, 2845-55 (2012).


Garvey, C.J., Simon, G.P., and Parker, I.H., "On the interpretation of paper x-ray diffraction powder patterns in terms of the nanostructure of cellulose I fibres", Macromol. Chem. Phys. 206, 1568 (2005).



Full publication list and Researchgate profile.