Dr Josick Comarmond

Principal Research Scientist
Phone - +61 2 9717 9453
Josick Comarmond


Role at ANSTO


Josick is an environmental geochemist within the Institute of Environmental Research. She joined ANSTO in late 1989 and has over 20 years experience in the field of environmental geochemistry. 

Her current research work is focussed on radionuclide mobility in the environment, encompassing the surface characterisation of environmental sorbent materials (e.g. soils, clays) by potentiometric and electroacoustic techniques, sorption studies and the geochemical modelling of these systems.


Aqueous geochemistry, environmental chemistry, radionuclide sorption studies, acoustosizer, geochemical characterisation, acid-mine drainage chemistry.

Qualifications & Achievements

  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) (Science), Charles Sturt University, New South Wales (2008).
  • PhD in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, University of Western Australia (1989).
  • Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours), University of Western Australia (1983).

Selected publications

Freire, T.S.S., Clark, M.W., Comarmond, M.J., Payne, T.E., Reichelt-Bruschett, A.J. and Thorogood, G.J. Electroacoustic isoelectric point determinations of bauxite refinery residues: different neutralisation techniques and minor mineral effects. Langmuir, 28, 11802-11811 (2012).

Mller, K., Foerstendorf, H., Meusel, T., Brendler, V., Lef vre;, G., Comarmond, M.J. and Payne, T.E. Sorption of U(VI) at theTiO2-water interface: An in situ vibrational spectroscopic study. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 76, 191-205 (2012).


Comarmond, M.J., Payne,T.E.,  Collins, R.N.,  Palmer G., Lumpkin,G.R. and Angove, M.J. (2012). Inhibition of Uranium(VI) Sorption on Titanium Dioxide by Surface Iron(III) Species in Ferric Oxide/Titanium Dioxide Systems. Environmental Science and Technology, 46, 11128−11134.

M. J. Comarmond, T.E. Payne, J.J. Harrison, S. Thiruvoth, H.K. Wong, R.D. Aughterson, G.R. Lumpkin, M ller, K. Foerstendorf, H. Uranium sorption on various forms of titanium dioxide - influence of surface area, surface charge, and Impurities, Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 45(13), 5536-5542 (2011).

Payne, T.E., Brendler, V., Comarmond, M.J. and Nebulung, C. Assessment of surface area normalisation for interpreting distribution coefficients (Kd) for uranium sorption. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 102, 888-895 (2011).

Payne, T.E., Itakura, T., Comarmond, M.J. and Harrison, J.J. Environmental mobility of cobalt - influence of solid phase characteristics and groundwater chemistry, Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 67, 1269-1276 (2009).