Dr Norman Booth
Role at ANSTO
Prior to joining Bragg Norman had worked at the University of Technology, Sydney for 19 years (2 months off 20). Norman started at UTS as a Scientific Services Officer in the Materials Science Department and ended up as a Professional Officer in the Microstructural Analysis Unit. His main responsibilities were looking after the Mechanical Testing lab and setting up a new Electrical Characterisation Lab.
Norman was awarded his PhD in 2000 during which he worked on a combined ultrasonic and electrical sensor to detect partial discharges in large high voltage distribution transformers. Norman carried out work on conducting polymers, piezoelectric ceramics (in particular PZT/Epoxy composites), nano-cobalt composites and the mechanical properties of porous ceramics.
Norman did his undergraduate course part time and worked for Johnson Matthey Ltd (precious metal refinery) a in various positions from QA, Analytical Chemist, Bullion Room attendant, Metallurgist and Process Chemist.