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Dr Louis Kyratzis

Chief Research Consultant


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Ilias (Louis) is a Senior Principal Research Consultant and the current team leader of the interfacial chemistry team in Metal Industries in the Manufacturing BU. He is recognised internationally as an expert in nanofibres, materials science, personal protection equipment (PPE) and electronic textiles. His recent industrial projects have been funded by Australian and UK government Defence and Security Science Agencies. Last year he was the key person who assembled the Mask testing group (comprising a multidisciplinary team with resources from Manufacturing, Services, and Engineering), Australia’s first and only NATA accredited laboratory in surgical mask testing extending Australia’s sovereign capability. He also works closely with agencies such as TGA and NMI. In the last 5 years he has secured over $24M in funding. He has supervised post-doctoral fellows and postgraduate students with RMIT and Monash Universities. Finalist of the Eureka Prize 2019 for Contributions to Defence Science. Co-founder of the International Electrospinning Conference.
He has authored or co-authored approximately 71 publications (including invited reviews), 5 patents, 12 conference presentations (4 invited talks over the past 5 years) and numerous client reports. He has an h-index of 30 attracting over 2500 citations.

Past Supervision: over 10 PhD students

Current Supervision: 3 PhD students

Current Roles

  • Senior Principle Research Consultant
    Research and development and commercialisation

Academic Qualifications

  • 1989

    LaTrobe University

Professional Experiences

  • 2014-2017

    Team Leader

  • 2020-2022

    Team Leader

  • 2022-2022

    Acting Group Leader

Achievements and Awards

  • 2020-2021

    The CSIRO Collaboration Award: Surgical Mask Testing Team, member of a CSIRO wide multidisciplinary team which helped industry meet demand and launch Australia’s first testing facility for single use surgical masks

  • 2018-2019

    Finalist for the Eureka Prize Defence Science and Technology for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia as a member of the Broad Spectrum Respiratory Canister team
    Australian Museum


  • 2024-2027

    Round Like A Record: Vinyl & The Circular Economy; Department of Industry; Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P)

  • 2022-2025

    Circular economy for upcycling waste polystyrene into high-valued chemicals; Department of Industry; Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P)

  • 2023-2024

    High throughput catalysis testing for waste plastic upcycling; Sustainability Victoria; Waste to Energy Fund

  • 2021-2023

    NPAC - Nano Protective Adsorbent Composite: DMTC/Defence Innovation Hub

  • 2021-2024

    DIH Canisters: Defence Innovation Hub

  • 2012-2014

    Concept Technology Demonstrator: Integrated Power System for Dismounted Close Combat; Department of Defence

  • 2022-2023

    Ovegenex Extractables; CSIRO; CSIRO Kick start [Overgenex Pty Ltd]

  • 2021-2022

    ReNerve; CSIRO; CSIRO Kick start [ReNerv Pty Ltd]

  • 2022-2022

    Fume and Sample Analysis; CSIRO; CSIRO Kick start [3DM Biomedical Pty Ltd]

  • 2021-2022

    Production of New Pressure Sensitive Prototypes; CSIRO Kick start [Lenexa Medical Pty Ltd]

  • 2007-2011

    Concept Technology Demonstrator; Flexible Integrated Energy Device; Department of Defence

  • 2016-2019

    ANBURPP - Dermal Protection; DMTC

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2010-2024

    Member of the steering committee of the International Electrospinning conference (bi-annually)

  • 2024-2024

    Organizer and Co-Chair: Materials Upcycling and Sustainability Exploration Workshop

  • 2022-2022

    Organising Committee of CSIRO's Cutting Edge and Engineering Symposium "Self-assembly meets additive for durable supply chains and transformative manufacturing

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