Dr Robert Knott

Instrument Scientist
Phone - +61 2 9717 3218
Dr Robert Knott


Dr Robert Knott has a BSc from the University of Newcastle and PhD in physics from the University of New South Wales. He was Manager of ANSTO's Nanostructure of Materials Project and played a major role in the development of the small angle neutron scattering science program on AUSANS. His main expertise is in the application of X-ray and neutron scattering techniques to the determination of biological structures. He has developed a number of neutron scattering facilities, including large area neutron detectors.  Robert is currently responsible for the Institute's 2 small-angle X-ray instruments.


Selected publications

Y. Gao, A. Heinemann, R. Knott, and J. Bartlett, Encapsulation of Protein in Silica Matrices: Structural Evolution on the Molecular and Nanoscales, Langmuir, 26(2), 1239-1246 (2010).


L. A. Meure, R. Knott, N. R. Foster, and F. Dehghani, The Depressurization of an Expanded Solution into Aqueous Media for the Bulk Production of Liposomes, Langmuir, 25(1), 326-337 (2009).


R. D. Mills, J. Trewhella, T. W. Qiu, T. Welte, T. M. Ryan, T. Hanley, R. B. Knott, T. Lithgow, and T. D. Mulhern, Domain Organization of the Monomeric Form of the Tom70 Mitochondrial Import Receptor, J. Mol. Biol., 388(5), 1043-1058 (2009)


K. E. Crompton, J. S. Forsythe, M. K. Horne, D. I. Finkelstein, and R. B. Knott, Molecular level and microstructural characterisation of thermally sensitive chitosan hydrogels, Soft Matter, 5(23), 4704-4711 (2009).


S. I. Yun, D. Attard, V. Lo, J. Davis, H. Li, B. Latella, F. Tsvetkov, H. Noorman, S. Moricca, R. Knott, H. Hanley, M. Morcom, G. P. Simon, and G. E. Gadd, Spray-dried microspheres as a route to clay/polymer nanocomposites, J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 108(3), 1550-1556 (2008).


T. Hanley, D. Sutton, I. Karatchevtseva, D. Cookson, R. Burford, and R. Knott, Effects of selected process parameters on the morphology of poly(ethylene terephthalate) preforms and bottles, J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 106(1), 238-247 (2007).


T. L. Hanley, D. Sutton, E. Heeley, G. Moad and R. B. Knott, A Small Angle X-ray Scattering Study of the Effect of Chain Architecture on the Shear Induced Crystallisation of Branched and Linear Poly(ethylene terephthalate), J. Appl. Cryst. 40, s599-s604 (2007).


V. Luca, J. N. Watson, M. Ruschena, and R. B. Knott, Anionic surfactant templated titanium oxide mesophase: Synthesis, characterization, and mechanism of formation, Chemistry of Materials, 18, 1156-1168 (2006).


R. B. Knott, M. Lin, H. J. M. Hanley, and D. Muir, Preliminary SANS studies of the structure of nickel powders on the nanoscale, Physica B 385-386, 908-910 (2006).


T. L. Hanley, J. S. Forsythe, D. Sutton, G. Moad, R. P. Burford, and R. B. Knott, Crystallisation kinetics of novel branched poly(ethylene terephthalate): a small-angle X-ray scattering study, Polym. Int., 55(12), 1435-1443 (2006).


T. Hanley, D. Sutton, D. Cookson, E. Kosior, and R. Knott, Molecular morphology of petaloid bases of PET bottles: A small-angle X-ray scattering study, J. Appl. Polymer Science 99, 3328-3335 (2006).


R. P. Burford, M. G. Markotsis and R. B. Knott, Small-Angle Neutron Scattering and Transmission Electron Microscopy Studies of Interpenetrating Polymer Networks from Thermoplastic Elastomers, Nucl. Instrum. Meth. B 208, 58-65 (2003).


S. Saricilar, R. B. Knott, C. Barner-Kowollik, T. Davis and J. Heuts, Reversible Addition Fragmentation Chain Transfer Polymerization of 3-[tris(trimethylsilyloxy)silyl]propyl methacrylate, Polymer 44, 5169-5176 (2003).


C. J. Garvey, E. P. Gilbert, J. C. Schulz and R. B. Knott, Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Research at ANSTO, Neutron News 14(4), 27-31 (2003).


T. W. Hambley, A. Katsifis, R. B. Knott, F. Mattner and B. Dikic, The Structures of Imidazenil and Iodoimidazenil, Aust. J. Chem. 55, 737-739 (2002).


J. Travas-Sejdic, A. Easteal, R. Knott and J. S. Pedersen, Small-angle neutron scattering from poly(NIPA-co-AMPS) gels, J. Appl. Cryst. 33, 735-739 (2000).


R. Knott, submitted June 98. Neutron Sources - Reactors, IUCr International Tables for Crystallography Volume F Macromolecular Crystallography. R. Knott, Neutron Scattering in Australia, Neutron News, 9, 23-32 (1998).