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Dr Robert Russell

Dr Robert Russell


Role at ANSTO

Rob is responsible for the deuteration of biopolymers within the National Deuteration Facility. He has performed small angle neutron scattering experiments to improve our understanding of the formation and properties of biopolymers produced by microorganisms. Complementary expertise includes gel permeation chromatography and mass spectrometry.
Rob has also investigated the interaction of microorganisms with radionuclides and has used Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry in the analysis of biological materials.


Biodeuteration, Small Angle Neutron Scattering, biopolymers, nanocomposites. 

Qualifications & Achievements

  • Production of novel deuterated biopolymers and characterisation using Australian and overseas neutron beamlines.
  • Published more than 12 refereed research articles in international journals.
  • Fermentation/biotechnology industry (1993-1996).
  • BSc. (Hons) in environmental microbiology, University of Sydney (1992).
  • PhD University of New South Wales  (2018)