Dr John Tsanaktsidis

Research Director

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Dr Tsanaktsidis is a Research Director at CSIRO Manufacturing. He applies his extensive background and experience in scientific research, management, business development, technology commercialisation, and business leadership to deliver commercial value through the creation and translation of innovative technical solutions to the chemical manufacturing industry.
He is a Fellow of the RACI and Chair of the Organic Chemistry Division of the RACI, the peak body for chemists in Australia.

Dr Tsanaktsidis is an experienced synthetic organic chemist focused on the development and translation of chemistry solutions to the chemical industry. He has the ability to build rapport with colleagues, collaborators, and customers, and has demonstrated an ability to deliver on complex industrial and multidisciplinary projects. In recent years Dr Tsanaktsidis has led the establishment Australia’s first continuous flow processing (flow chemistry) laboratory at CSIRO Manufacturing, for the sustainable and efficient production of commercially important fine chemicals, polymers, and pharmaceuticals. This cutting edge laboratory represents radical paradigm shift in the field of chemical manufacturing.

Dr Tsanaktsidis has authored or co-authored over 60 peer reviewed papers, patents, and book chapters, and has an h-index of 15. His efforts have been recognised by CSIRO for Business Excellence (2003) and Project Management (2004), and through a Chief's Innovation Award for his efforts in continuous flow chemistry (2012), and by The Flinders University of South Australia in 2006 through a Distinguished Alumni Award.

Professional Experience:

Lecturer – School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne 1991 – 1995
Senior Research Scientist – CSIRO Molecular Science 1995 – 1999
R&D Management – CSIRO Molecular Science 1999 – 2005
Managing Director – Boron Molecular Pty. Ltd. 2005 – 2007
Commercial Manager – CSIRO Molecular and Health Technologies 2007 – 2008
Theme Leader – Niche Manufacturing Flagship, 2008 – 2009
Research Program Leader – CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering 2009 – 2011
Senior Principal Research Scientist – CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering 2011 – 2014
Team Leader & Chief Research Consultant – CSIRO Manufacturing 2014 – 2016
Research Director - Advanced Fibres & Chemical Industries - CSIRO Manufacturing 2016 -

1982 BSc (Chemistry), Flinders University
1983 BSc Honours (First Class), Flinders University
1987 PhD, Chemistry, Flinders University
1987 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago
1990 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research School of Chemistry, ANU
1999 CSIRO Project Leaders Program (PLP 8)
2002 GradCert Mgt (Technology Management), APESMA-Deakin University
2007 Company Directors Course Diploma, Australian Institute of Company Directors
2011 Gustav Kaser Training – Management One

Academic Qualifications

  • 2007

    Company Directors Course Diploma

  • 2002

    GradCert Mgt (Technology Management)
    Deakin University

  • 1987

    Flinders University

  • 1983

    Flinders University

  • 1982

    Flinders University