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Tim Payne

Dr Tim Payne

Principal Research Scientist

Role at ANSTO

Dr Tim Payne has undertaken extensive research into the chemistry of environmental contaminants, focusing on the mobility of radionuclides in the geosphere. He has contributed to 68 refereed scientific papers and numerous research reports, and provides technical advice to national and international organisations.

He is a member of the Technical Direction Team for an OECD / Nuclear Energy Agency project on modelling adsorption. Tim led the Environmental Management project from 2003 to 2005, and played a key role in ANSTO achieving certification to the Environmental Management System standard [ISO 14001]. 

Tim is presently the leader of a research project which is studying various issues relating to the environmental behaviour of radionuclides. The main field site of this project is the Little Forest Burial Ground near Lucas Heights, which was used, in the 1960s, for the disposal of solid waste with low-levels or radioactivity and non-radioactive beryllium oxide. 

He is on the International Scientific Committee of the conference series on "Chemistry and Migration Behaviour of Actinides and Fission Products in the Geosphere", and an Executive member of the World Council of Isotopes (WCI), as well as chair of the WCI Committee on Isotopes in the Environment. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.


Chemistry of environmental contaminants, mobility of radionuclides in the geosphere, radioactive waste management.