Professor Ross McKenzie

VC Senior Research Fellow

Faculty of Science
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Dr Ross McKenzie's research interests are in the fields of: Condensed Matter Theory, Chemical Physics, and Quantum Many-Body Theory..

He received his PhD from Princeton University in 1989. His chief research projects are in the areas of:

Models for strongly correlated electron materials such as organic and cuprate superconductors Magnetoresistance of layered metals including topological insulatorsExcited states of organic moleculesHydrogen bonding The relationship between science and theology

Research Interests

  • Strongly Correlated Electron Models for Organic Superconductors
    Given a model Hamiltonian, which includes the interactions between the electrons, the challenge is to calculate the properties of its ground state and excited states and compare to the rich phase diagrams observed experimentally.
  • Quantum Phase Transitions in Random Systems
    Quantum phase transitions are important for understanding properties of many strongly correlated electronic materials. Due to the theoretical complexity of this problem, the focus is on studying the simplest possible model Hamiltonians which exhibit the relevant physics and not making approximations.
  • Mesoscopic Electronic Devices
    In the presence of disorder, large statistical fluctuations in the electrical resistance of mesoscopic electronic devices are observed. The associated theory has a rich mathematical structure and is being investigated with members of the UQ Centre for Mathematical Physics.
  • Electronic Transport in DNA
    Electrons can travel large distances along the double helix of DNA without losing the coherence of their wave function. Model Hamiltonians for this process, taking into account the base pair sequence and the interaction with the environment, are being investigated.


  • PhD, Prin
  • BSc(Hons I), Australian National University


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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • McKemmish, Laura K., Reimers, Jeffrey R., McKenzie, Ross H., Marks, Alan E. and Hush, Noel S. (2013). Electron transfer, biological phonon condensates, and the "Quantum Consciousness" hypothesis. In: , Abstracts - 245th National Meeting of the American ChemicalSociety (ACS). 245th National Spring Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), New Orleans, LA United States, (). 7 - 11 April 2013.

  • Hussey, N. E., Gordon-Moys, H., Kokalj, J. and McKenzie, R. H. (2013). Generic strange-metal behaviour of overdoped cuprates. In: , Proceedings: 10th International Conference on Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity (M2S-X). 10th International Conference on Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity, M2S 2012, Washington, DC, (). 29 July - 3 August 2012.

  • Gilmore, J. and McKenzie, R. H. (2004). Quantum Decoherence of Electronic Excitations of a Biomolecule due to Solvent Interactions. In: , Biophysical Journal: 48th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society. 48th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society, Baltimore, MD, (604A-604A). 14-18 Feb 2004.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision