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Dr Ben Muir

Team Leader, Senior Research Scientist


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Dr Ben Muir is the Automated Materials Discovery Team leader within CSIRO in the Manufacturing Business Unit and together with Dr Shaun Howard also manages the rapid Automated Materials & Processing centre. He directs and leads a number of Industry, Strategic and Academic research projects within CSIRO. In this role he utilizes robotic synthesis and characterization equipment to rapidly speed up R&D outcomes in materials research used by CSIRO's industry partners. He conducts collaborative research with a number of companies and organisations and across Business units and programs within CSIRO. His work focuses on the development of automated research techniques for materials discovery, characterisation and formulation in various industries and research areas.

He has over 100 peer reviewed journal publications and has published in Nature and Science journals, with a h-index of 31 and currently has 15 patent and patent applications. He is increasingly implementing the use of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence methods to aid Research and Development in various Manufacturing industries.

Other Interests

Dr Muir's research projects span a range of organic, inorganic, polymeric and lipidic nanoparticulate based materials with application in various industries including the:

•Health and Biomedical sectors (Life sciences) including development of new methods for the precision delivery of drugs and mRNA for next generation vaccines and combating Antimicrobial resistance

•Aerospace Coatings and formulation

•Energy and Mining technologies

Advanced Materials Development

If you would like to know more, please contact Dr Muir to see how your research could be aided through use of the facilities available in RAMP.

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Automated Materials Discovery

  • Manager of the Rapid Automated Materials & Processing Centre
    Use of automated techniques and machine learning to speed up R&D in various fields

Academic Qualifications

  • 2003

    PhD Materials Engineering
    Monash University

Professional Experiences

  • 2004-2005

    Research Scientist
    Anteo Diagnostics

  • 2005-2007

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Achievements and Awards

  • 2021-2021

    CSIRO Entrepreneurship Award for assisting developing a unique, large-scale process that produces a high-grade conductive polymer and transferring the technology to local SME Boron Molecular, enabling them to enter Boeing’s global supply chain and creating manufacturing jobs in Australia

  • 2016-2018

    Julius Career award

  • 2014-2014

    CSIRO Medal for Health, Safety and Environment Achievement

  • 2003-2003

    Treloar Prize


  • 2021-2024

    ARC National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grant (NISDRG)

  • 2023-2026

    ARC Centre of Excellence for Green Electrochemical Transformation of Carbon Dioxide

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