Dr Nathan Webster

Diffraction Laboratory Team Leader

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Biography

Dr Nathan Webster is the Team Leader of the Diffraction Laboratory in CSIRO Mineral Resources. He obtained his PhD from the University of Western Australia in 2008, for his work on the synthesis, structure and conductivity of bismuth oxide-based solid electrolyte materials. In 2008 he joined the Minerals division of CSIRO as a joint Office of the Chief Executive/ANSTO Postdoctoral Fellow, and stayed in this role until 2013 developing and implementing tools for the investigation of material formation under hydro- and pyrometallurgical processing conditions using in situ X-ray and neutron diffraction. In May 2013 Nathan began his role as Research Scientist – Diffraction within the CSIRO Mineral Resources Flagship, a role which allows him to drive diffraction-based capability development and implementation within CSIRO, particularly in situ studies. In addition to a large number of experiments at the Australian Synchrotron, mostly on the powder diffraction beamline, Nathan has also conducted experiments at the Photon Factory in Tsukuba, and BESSY in Berlin. Nathan is also the President of the Australian X-ray Analytical Association (AXAA, www.axaa.org), is a past Chair of the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) for the powder diffraction beamline at the Australian Synchrotron, a past member of the User Advisory Committee (UAC) at the Australian Synchrotron, and is currently CSIRO's representative on the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Council. Nathan has authored 42 journal publications and 6 conference proceedings publications, and has an H-index of 12. In addition, he has authored 27 reports for industrial clients.

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Diffraction Laboratory

  • Senior Research Scientist
    Diffraction Laboratory

Academic Qualifications

  • 2002

    BSc(H1)/BE(H1), University of Western Australia

  • 2008

    PhD (Chemistry), University of Western Australia

Professional Experiences

  • 2014-ongoing

    Team Leader - Diffraction Laboratory
    CSIRO Mineral Resources

  • 2015-ongoing

    Senior Research Scientist - Diffraction Laboratory
    CSIRO Mineral Resources

  • 2013-2015

    Research Scientist - Diffraction
    CSIRO

  • 2008-2013

    OCE/ANSTO Postdoctoral Fellow
    CSIRO/ANSTO

  • 2002-2004

    Graduate Engineer
    IRC (International Risk Consultants)

Grants

  • 2015-2018

    $400,000 in funding from Australian minerals industry

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2011-2020

    Member of the Australian X-ray Analytical Association (AXAA) National Council

  • 2013-2015

    Member of the Program Advisory Commitee (PAC) for the powder diffraction beamline at the Australian Synchrotron

  • 2014-2016

    Chair of the PAC for the powder diffraction beamline at the Australian Synchrotron

  • 2014-2020

    President of the AXAA National Council

  • 2014-2014

    Co-Chair, Diffraction Stream of the 2014 AXAA Workshops, Conference and Exhibition, February 2014, Perth, WA

  • 2014-2014

    Co-Editor, AXAA-2014 Conference Proceedings Edition of Powder Diffraction Journal