Patrick is a physicist and Head of the Department of Electronic Materials Engineering in the Research School of Physics and Engineering. He studies the interaction of high energetic particles with a range of materials. Such particles occur naturally through radioactive decay processes or as cosmic radiation or can be produced in large ion accelerators. Patrick's work aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the particle-material interaction process and to utilise the understanding for important applications that span from the development of novel functional nanomaterials to applications for geological dating techniques.
Patrick obtained his PhD from the Faculty of Physics at the RWTH University Aachen, Germany, in July 2002 with highest honours (summa cum laude) for which he was awarded the "Borchert-Medal". He received a Feodor-Lynen Research Fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation in Germany to work at the ANU in 2003 and was subsequently awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellowship, an ARC Australian Research Fellowship and an ARC Future Fellowship. He has been a member of the ARC College of Experts since 2016.