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Jitendra Mata

Dr Jitendra Mata

Instrument Scientist - Quokka (Small-Angle Neutron Scattering)

Role at ANSTO

Dr Jitendra Mata is an instrument scientist co-responsible for the QUOKKA small-angle neutron scattering instrument since July 2014. Dr Mata has been at ANSTO for about 5 years; working as a research scientist and coordinator at ANSTO Minerals for three years, and as a postdoctoral fellow at the Bragg Institute for two years. He also worked as a postdoctoral fellow at The Australian National University with Prof. John White for 3 years.

 Dr Mata’s research concerns complex soft materials and has had industrial relevance since his PhD, being sponsored by such well-known organizations as ANSTO Minerals; S.C. Johnsons, USA; Orica Ltd, Australia; several dairy and food industries in Australia and overseas; as well as the University Grant Commission of India.

He has investigated several areas of soft condensed matter science, such as surfactant and block copolymer solutions, emulsions, food proteins, mineral processing fluids. His present interest is to understand the interaction of block copolymers and ionic liquids for biomedical applications.

Previously, he investigated the colloid and interfacial science-related problems in mineral extraction; studied the milk protein micelle and the behaviour of food proteins during conditioning; worked on the surfactant/protein structures at the air water interface, and the nano and micro structure of explosive high internal phase emulsions.

 Dr Mata is an experienced research manager, and a scientific supervisor, who also has more than a year of full time university teaching experience in Chemistry.


X-ray and Neutron Reflectometry, Small Angle X-ray and Neutron Scattering (SAXS, SANS), and Light Scattering (nano scale characterization); colloid science techniques; and various classical and advanced analytical techniques.

Qualifications and achievements

  • 2009   Postdoctoral Fellowship: ANSTO-CSIRO Food Futures Flagship.
  • 2007   ANU Travel Grant. 
  • 2006   Postdoctoral Fellowship: Australian National University, Australia.
  • 2005   Dr. Santi Nath Ghosh Memorial (Young Scientist) Award.
  • 2005   Ph.D:   (Physical Chemistry, Soft matter) Department of Chemistry, V. N. S. G. University, India.
  • 2003   Two Gold Medals and Two Prizes for the highest marks in M.Sc. Chemistry by the President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
  • 2002   Dr. C. M. Desai award for the highest marks in Chemistry in M.Sc-I.
  • 2002   M.Sc: (Major: Analytical Chemistry) Department of Chemistry, V. N. S. G. University, India.
  • 2000   B.Sc: (Major: Chemistry) P. T. Science College, V. N. S. G. University, India.
  • 2000   CIC: (Major: Computing) I.G.N.O. University, India.

Committees, Affiliations & Memberships

  • Member of instrument Advisory team for new SANS and Ultra-SANS (USANS) instruments at the ANSTO.
  • Member of Australian Neutron Beam Users Group, Australia.
  • Member of Indian Society for Surface Science and Technology, India.
  • Member of Indian Neutron Scattering Society, India.
  • Active reviewer for Journals from RSC, Elsevier and Wiley publishers.