People

  • Anand Bhatt leads the Electrochemical Energy Storage (EES) research team, who investigates the integration of battery and energy storage systems with renewables generation technologies and develops next generation energy storage technologies. One major EES focus is in understanding how energy storage can be integrated into the Australian electricity grid and allowing increased penetration of solar PV generation whilst maintaining grid stability. EES team is also actively investigating battery second life applications and final recycling and materials recovery technology suited for Australian conditions.
  • Naomi Boxall researches waste innovation and biotechnological processes for environmental and industrial applications in the mining, and waste and wastewater treatment industries, with a particular emphasis on closing loops and circular economy. She has a keen interest in process design and development, optimisation and techno-economic assessment.
  • Lesley leads a team that uses micro-algae in biotechnology processes including the remediation of wastewater. In a true circular economy environment, resulting biomass can be used as feedstock for other industries or for the extraction of high value products such as pigments and lipids. Lesley's interests lie in developing sustainable techniques to address circular economy issues.
  • Raj Gaire is passionate about delivering science excellence in digital domain to industries through collaboration and partnership for economic, social and environmental benefits of the society. He provides leadership in engineering innovation, project delivery and multi-domain collaboration to Data61 research teams.
  • Pablo Juliano is a food supply chain transformation leader with strong background on innovation in food processing and bioproduct diversion, transformation and value addition into high value food and feed through circular economy business models. He is the CSIRO representative on the National Food Waste Strategy and Implementation steering committee.
  • Anna Kaksonen utilises biotechnical processes and environmental engineering approaches for waste and wastewater treatment and resource recovery, helping our nation to move towards a circular economy. Her research interests include the development and optimisation of innovative processes, techno-economic feasibility analysis, and assessment and mitigation of waste-related risks.
  • Sarah’s research interests are innovation networks, industrial symbiosis and the circular economy. Sarah has authored reports at the intersection of science and innovation and is passionate about delivering solutions and technology that account for our social world and adopt a human-centred approach to innovation.
  • Joanne's research interests and experience include mineral processing (bauxite), fundamental organic chemistry (reaction mechanisms of organic compounds in alkaline solutions) and the wet oxidation of organic compounds. She is also interested in incorporating Circular Economy principles in the development pathways for science and technology solutions in mining and mineral processing.
  • Colleen MacMillan, PhD in crop molecular biology, is a senior research scientist fascinated by crop secondary cell-walls and their uses – from the molecular- to the macro- scales, from individual genes to gene-networks and materials. Colleen researches plant fibres with differentiated properties for biodegradable, renewable plant-based industries and commodities, and is the Cotton Fibre Quality Team Leader in CSIRO Agriculture and Food based in Canberra. She considers Circular Economy principles provide significant value for people, profit and planet, for example throughout the textile value chain, from fibre design and growth, manufacture, use, and end-of-life.
  • Heinz Schandl, PhD in Sociology, is a senior science leader at the CSIRO based in Canberra. Heinz leads a research group for Urban and Industrial Transformations in CSIRO’s Land and Water Program and his research looks at economically attractive opportunities for resource efficiency, waste minimization and greenhouse gas abatement. He leads CSIRO’s Circular Economy Initiative and looks after CSIRO’s global research for understanding the environmental impacts of population and consumption identifying policies and technologies that guide a transition to sustainable consumption and production.