Dr Tracey Hanley

Deputy Head LifeSciences
Phone - +61 2 9717 3300
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Tracey Hanley joined ANSTO as a small angle scattering instrument scientist in the Bragg Institute in 2004, after previously working for the CRC for Polymers as a research scientist. Following her appointment in 2010 as the leader of the separation science research team, Tracey moved to the Institute of Materials Engineering.
This was followed by promotion to Deputy Head, LifeSciences in 2014. As a multi-disciplinary physical chemist, Tracey’s research interests include synthesis and characterisation of structured materials via self-assembly processes involving lipids, polymers and inorganic materials. In particular, her interest lies in the production of surface functionalised porous materials for use in selective sorption and separation science, applicable to nuclear processes and radio-isotope production. 


Small angle scattering (SAXS and SANS), synchrotron and neutron techniques, diffraction, spectroscopy, radiochemistry, self-assembly science, sorbent materials, photochromics, polymers.

Selected publications



  1. Veliscek-Carolan, J., Jolliffe, K. A., Hanley, T. L., Effective Am(III)/Eu(III) separations using 2,6-bis(1,2,4-triazin-3-yl)pyridine (BTP) functionalised titania particles and hierarchically porous beads. Chemical Communications 2015, 51, 11433-11436.
  2. Veliscek-Carolan, J., Knott, R., Hanley, T., Effects of Precursor Solution Aging and Other Parameters on Synthesis of Ordered Mesoporous Titania Powders. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2015, 119 (13), 7172-7183.
  3. Scales, N., Chen, J., Hanley, T. L., Riley, D. P., Lumpkin, G. R., Luca, V., Hierarchically porous carbon-zirconium carbide spheres as potentially reusable transmutation targets. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 2015, 212, 100-109.
  4. Salim, N. V., Fox, B. L., Hanley, T. L., Hydrogen bonding interactions in poly(epsilon-caprolactone-dimethyl siloxane-epsilon-caprolactone)/poly(hydroxyether of bisphenol A) triblock copolymer/homopolymer blends and the effect on crystallization, microphase separation and self-assembly. European Polymer Journal 2015, 67, 12-20.
  5. Salim, N., Hameed, N., Fox, B., Hanley, T., A novel approach to trigger nanostructures in thermosets using competitive hydrogen bonding induced phase separation (CHIPS). Macromolecules, 2015, 48 (22), 8337-8345.
  6. Zhu, H., Holmes, R., Hanley, T., Davis, J., Short, K., Edwards, L. High-temperature corrosion of helium ion-irradiated Ni-based alloy in fluoride molten salt. Corrosion Science 2015, 91, 1-6.




  1. Pramudita, J. C., Schmid, S., Godfrey, T., Whittle, T., Moshiul Alam, M., Hanley, T. A., Brand, H. E. A., Sharma, N. Sodium uptake in cell construction and subsequent in operando electrode behaviour of Prussian blue analogues, Fe[Fe(CN)6]1−x•yH2O and FeCo(CN)6 Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16(44), 24178-87 (2014). doi: 10.1039/C4CP02676D
  2. Veliscek-Carolan, J., T.L. Hanley, and V. Luca, Zirconium organophosphonates as high capacity, selective lanthanide sorbents. Separation and Purification Technology, 2014. 129: p. 150-158.
  3. Fong, W.-K., et al., Understanding the photothermal heating effect in non-lamellar liquid crystalline systems, and the design of new mixed lipid systems for photothermal on-demand drug delivery. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2014. 16(45): p. 24936-24953.
  4. Veliscek-Carolan, J., K.A. Jolliffe, and T.L. Hanley, Selective Sorption of Actinides by Titania Nanoparticles Covalently Functionalized with Simple Organic Ligands. Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2013. 5(22): p. 11984-11994.
  5. Tangso, K.J., et al., Novel Spiropyran Amphiphiles and Their Application as Light-Responsive Liquid Crystalline Components. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2013. 117(35): p. 10203-10210.
  6. Fong, W.-K., et al., Alkylation of Spiropyran Moiety Provides Reversible Photo-Control over Nanostructured Soft Materials. Biointerphases, 2012. 7(1-4).
  7. Darwish, T.A., R.A. Evans, and T.L. Hanley, Spiropyran chromene and spirooxazine, melange a trois: Molecular logic systems through selective and reversible deactivation of photochromism mediated by CO2 gas. Dyes and Pigments, 2012. 92(2): p. 817-824.
  8. Darwish, T.A., et al., Spiropyran-Amidine: A Molecular Canary for Visual Detection of Carbon Dioxide Gas. Chemistry-a European Journal, 2011. 17(41): p. 11399-11404.
  9. James, M., et al., Nanoscale condensation of water on self-assembled monolayers. Soft Matter, 2011. 7(11): p. 5309-5318.
  10. Nuhiji, B., et al., The effect of alternate heating rates during cure on the structure-property relationships of epoxy/MMT clay nanocomposites. Composites Science and Technology, 2011. 71(15): p. 1761-1768.
  11. Darwish, T.A., et al., CO2 Triggering and Controlling Orthogonally Multiresponsive Photochromic Systems. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2010. 132(31): p. 10748-10755.
  12. Salman, H., et al., Structure-function relationships in A and B granules from wheat starches of similar amylose content. Carbohydrate Polymers, 2009. 75(3): p. 420-427.
  13. Luca, V., et al., Striving for order and compositional homogeneity in bulk mesoporous zirconium titanium mixed metal oxides from triblock copolymers and metal chlorides. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2009. 118(1-3): p. 443-452.
  14. Dong, Y.D., et al., Impurities in commercial phytantriol significantly alter its lyotropic liquid-crystalline phase behavior. Langmuir, 2008. 24(13): p. 6998-7003.
  15. Evans, R.A., et al., The generic enhancement of photochromic dye switching speeds in a rigid polymer matrix. Nature Materials, 2005. 4(3): p. 249-253.
  16. Hanley, T.L., et al., Structure of titania sol-gel films: A study by X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2002. 106(6): p. 1153-1160.