Dr Patrick Hartley

Research Director


Patrick leads the Oil, Gas and Fuels research program within CSIRO’s Energy Flagship. This program comprises 85 research staff and students working on research projects which span the oil and gas value chain, with a particular emphasis on the sustainable development of Australia’s petroleum resources. The multidisciplinary skill base of the program’s scientists ranges across fundamental geosciences through to natural gas process engineering, and draws on further multidisciplinary expertise across CSIRO in materials science, production instrumentation and process modelling.

Patrick graduated with a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London in 1994, and was subsequently awarded a research fellowship from the Royal Society, London, which allowed him to take up full time research fellowship roles within the Advanced Mineral Processing Special Research Centre at University of Melbourne from 1994 to 1998, when he joined CSIRO as a research scientist.

Since then, he has led research teams working with national and international large corporations and SME’s to develop new technologies for applications in drug delivery, energy storage, water treatment and petrochemical recovery. This work has been underpinned by fundamental scientific study of the interplay between nanostructure and function in advanced materials. He has co-authored 83 peer reviewed publications almost all in collaboration with university and/or other research institution partners, with 1291 career citations and an H-index of 20.

Patrick has occupied senior research management roles in CSIRO since 2006, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Academic Qualifications

  • PhDImperial College1993
  • BSc (Hons)University of Warwick1987
  • Diploma of Imperial College (DIC)Imperial College1993

Achievements and Awards

  • CSIRO Medal for Business ExcellenceCSIRO2009
  • ‘One CSIRO’ CSIRO AwardCSIRO2006
  • Grimwade Prize in Industrial ChemistryUniversity of Melbourne2004

Contact information


  • +61 3 9545 2595