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Dr Jessica Hamilton

Jessica Hamilton
Dr Jessica Hamilton
Scientist - XAS

Role at ANSTO

Dr Jessica Hamilton is a scientist at the X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) beamline. She collaborates with and provides support to visiting scientists during experiments at XAS.

Jessica’s expertise is in environmental geochemistry and mineralogy.  In particular, her research has focused on new ways to utilise mine waste materials, such as enhancing carbon sequestration, soil formation and trace metal recovery from mine tailings. She has developed novel geochemical treatments for mine tailings remediation, and scaled these up from laboratory to field-scale demonstrations. In addition, she has sought to understand the mobility of trace transition metals within mine tailings as they are affected by weathering, or geochemical treatments for remediation.

Jessica is passionate about synchrotron science and X-ray techniques, and serves as the Communications Editor for the Australian X-ray Analytical Association (AXAA).



X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), Environmental geochemistry and mineralogy, complementary techniques such as X-ray fluorescence microscopy (XFM) and powder diffraction.


Qualifications & Achievements

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Queensland (2018)
  • PhD in environmental mineralogy and geochemistry at Monash University (2018)
  • Mineralogical Society of America Grant for Student Research in Mineralogy and Petrology (2017)
  • AusIMM Bicentennial Gold 88 Endowment (2015 and 2016)
  • Australian Synchrotron / ANSTO scholarship to attend the 9th AOFSRR Cheiron School at the Spring-8 synchrotron facility (2015)

Committees, Affiliations & memberships

  • Communications Editor, Australian X-ray Analytical Association
  • Editorial Board, Applied Earth Science
  • Associate, Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy