Tony Murphy

Tony MurphyTony Murphy was born in Sydney, Australia (unlike Vasco Guerra) many years ago. He received a PhD in Physics from the University of Sydney, and subsequently did a postdoc at Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik. Since 1989, he has worked at CSIRO, Australia’s main government research organisation, where he is now a Chief Research Scientist. (A prize will be awarded to all who can say what CSIRO stands for).

Tony’s main research area is thermal plasma processes, including arc welding, waste treatment, and plasma property calculation. He has also worked on several other topics, including water splitting using solar energy, ice crystal nucleation in jet engine exhausts, and metal 3D printing. He was a member of the team that developed the PLASCON waste destruction process, and has led plasma modelling projects with several companies, including General Motors, Boeing and Siemens. He has over 200 refereed journal publications, and has been awarded research medals by the Institute of Physics (UK), Australian Academy of Science, Australian Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of NSW. He is Editor-in-Chief of Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing, and a member of the Editorial Boards of Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics and Scientific Reports; you are encouraged to submit your best work to these journals.


  1. A. B. Murphy, ‘A perspective on arc welding research: the importance of the arc, unresolved questions and future directions’, Plasma Chem. Plasma Process. 35 471–489 (2015).
  2. A. B. Murphy and E. Tam, ‘Thermodynamic properties and transport coefficients of arc lamp plasmas: argon, krypton and xenon’, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 47 295202 (10 pp.) (2014).
  3. A. B. Murphy, ‘Calculation and application of combined diffusion coefficients in thermal plasmas’, Sci. Rep. 4 4304 (5 pp.) (2014).