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Dr Dioni I. Cendón

Dr Dioni I. Cendón
Dr Dioni I. Cendón

Role at ANSTO

Questioning the water cycle through hydrogeochemistry, environmental isotopes and non-conventional isotopic techniques

Dioni I. Cendón is a principal research scientist with broad hydrogeochemical research expertise in the processes involving water and interactions with surrounding regolith and rocks. His studies span over 25 years and had focused on applied environmental sciences using different isotopic tracers (e.g.: 3H, 14C, 36Cl, 87Sr/86Sr, H2O-δ2H and δ18O, SO434S and δ18O, δ13CDIC, etc.) and other hydrogeochemical techniques (e.g.: trace elements and REE’s analysis).  Dioni’s research has a strong industry and government component, developing multiple research projects (e.g.: Newcrest, Cotton Research and Development Corporation, NSW-government DPE, WA government-DBCA and DW, South32, ERA, Peabody Energy, Crosslands Resources, Alberta Research Council (Canada), etc.).  Dioni has been invited to present his work at national and international forums and training courses including UNESCO and IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) courses. Dioni has maintained a strong collaboration with universities with continuous adjunct appointments since 2006 at the University of Wollongong and then the University of NSW.


Hydrogeochemistry; Environmental isotopes (radioactive, radiogenic and stable); groundwater; surface water; Rare Earth Elements; Evaporite deposits; mineralogy; geosciences

Qualifications and Achievements


  • Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW Science (2020-present)
  • Since 1999 (91) peer-reviewed publications, 25 major reports, and 128 conference publications. My papers have been cited 2289 times, and I have an H index of 28 and an i10 index of 59 (Google Scholar 24/May/2022)
  • Australia Research Council Post-Doctoral fellow held at University of Wollongong (2002-2006)
  • 2001 – Extraordinary Doctoral Thesis Prize, University of Barcelona (Spain)
  • PhD – Geochemistry, University of Barcelona and CSIC (Spanish Government Scientific Council), awarded 1999, "Cum Laude"
  • Predoctoral Program – Crystallography, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), awarded 1994
  • 1997 – Young Investigators Prize, Spanish Mineralogical Society
  • BSc – Geology, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), awarded 1992


Committees, Affiliations & memberships 


  • Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences (2015-present)
  • AINSE- Specialist Committee- Environmental Sciences (2012-2022)
  • Secretary of the Geological Society of Australia (NSW-branch) 2009-2016
  • Full member of the INQUA Palaeogroundwater Group (2009-present)
  • Full member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (2010-present)
  • The International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) (2010-present)
  • Member of the Australasian Quaternary Association (2007-present)
  • Member of the International Association of Geochemistry (2006-2009)
  • Committee member of NSW branch of the Geological Society of Australia (2004- 2006)
  • Member of the Geochemical Society (2003- present)
  • Member of the Australian Geological Society (2002- present)