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Dr Daniel Roberts

Research Director

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PO BOX 883


Daniel leads CSIRO's Energy Technologies Research Program, a multidisciplinary portfolio of research, development, and demonstration activities in areas related to hydrogen and carriers, solar PV and solar thermal, energy storage, CO2 capture and use, bioenergy, sustainable fuels, and supporting modelling and engagement work. The Program has staff working across sites in Brisbane, Newcastle, Canberra, and Melbourne, and focus on bringing quality science and technologies to supporting the transition to net-zero emissions.

Daniel has worked in a range of different roles in CSIRO - most recently as the lead of the Hydrogen Energy Systems Future Science Platform. Prior to the FSP role, Daniel led the High Efficiency Thermal and Electrochemical Technologies research group within CSIRO Energy. He continues to play a senior role in CSIRO’s research activities in the area of biomass and waste gasification for the production of sustainable fuels, hydrogen, and industrial energy sources.

Daniel has more than 25 years' experience in the study of the fundamentals of gasification and combustion and their application to industrial systems, and has worked on industrial-scale gasification campaigns in Japan, Germany and the US. He has a background in environmental chemistry (Macquarie University) and chemical engineering (the University of Newcastle). During his postdoctoral studies Daniel worked as a visiting researcher with the Central Research Institute of the Electric Power Industry in Japan, as part of the team providing the R&D support to the development of Japan's first IGCC power generation demonstration plant.

Daniel's first CSIRO experiences were as a Summer Vacation Scholar with the Emissions group at North Ryde, and then as a PhD student in the Combustion and Gasification Group, also at North Ryde. He formally joined CSIRO in 2001 as a postdoc, and moved to Brisbane in 2002 as part of the commissioning of the flagship gasification research facility at the QCAT laboratories.

Current Roles

  • Research Director, Energy Technologies
    Daniel leads CSIRO's RD&D activities across a range of renewable and low-carbon areas, setting and implementing the Program's strategy in support of the Energy Business vision of 'catalysing the energy transition'.

    Daniel leads CSIRO's participation in the Heavy Industry Low-Carbon Transition CRC (HILTCRC), sitting on the CRC's Steering Committee, and working alongside core industry and research partners to address decarbonisation challenges for the heavy industry sector.

  • IEA Bioenergy Task 36
    Daniel participates in IEA Bioenergy Task 36 'Material and Energy Valorisation of Waste in a Circular Economy'. In this role, Daniel works with representatives from Sweden, Norway, Italy, South Africa, USA, Germany, and Ireland to explore international best practice in this area to support integration of waste management and energy recovery with circular economy principles.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2020

    Company Directors Course
    Australian Institute of Company Directors

  • 2018

    Certificate in Executive Management and Development
    UNSW Business School

  • 2000

    PhD, Chemical Engineering
    University of Newcastle

  • 1996

    BTech (Hons), Chemistry
    Macquarie University

  • 1995

    BTech (Environmental Geochemistry)
    Macquarie University

Professional Experiences

  • 2018-2021

    Leader, Hydrogen Energy Systems Future Science Platform

  • 2014-2018

    Research Group Leader
    CSIRO Energy

  • 2012--

    Principal Research Scientist
    CSIRO Energy

  • 2013-2014

    Stream Leader, Gasification and Syngas Technologies
    CSIRO Energy Flagship

  • 2007-2014

    Research Group Leader
    CSIRO Energy Technology

  • 2009-2013

    Stream Leader
    CSIRO Advanced Coal Technology

  • 2007-2012

    Senior Research Scientist, Gasification and Combustion
    CSIRO Energy Technology

  • 2004-2007

    Research Scientist, Gasification and Combustion
    CSIRO Energy Technology

  • 2001-2004

    Postdoctoral Research Scientist
    CSIRO Energy Technology

  • 2000-2001

    Visiting Researcher
    CRIEPI (Japan)

  • 2000-2001

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    CRC for Black Coal Utilisation

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2019-2021

    National Task Leader, IEA Bioenergy Task 36

  • 2020-Present

    Steering Committee member, CSIRO Hydrogen Industry Mission

  • 2021-2021

    International Steering Committee member, International Forum on Hydrogen Production Technologies (HyPT-2)

  • 2021-2022

    Steering Committee member, HiTeMP-3

  • 2019-Present

    Member, Bioenergy Australia's Circular Economy Network

  • 2020-Present

    Editorial Board Member, Fuels

  • 2016-2017

    Special Issue Guest Editor, Fuel

  • 2013-Present

    International Vice Chair (Australia), Pittsburgh Coal Conference

  • 2014-Present

    Scientific committee member, International Symposium on Gasification and its Applications

  • 2004-Present

    Peer reviewer for Fuel, Energy and Fuels, Process Safety and Environmental Protection, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, Biomass and Bioenergy, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, J Tech Innovations in Renewable Energy, and Fuel Processing Technology

  • 2018-2019

    Member, Bioenergy Australia's Municipal Solid Waste Task Force

  • 2009-Present

    Member, American Chemical Society (inc Div Fuel Chemistry).

  • 2004-Present

    Member, Chartered Chemist, Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)

  • 1998-Present

    Member, Australian Institute of Energy

  • 2013-Present

    Member, Waste Management Association of Australia

  • 2014-2019

    Advisory Board Member, International Freiberg Conference on IGCC and XtL Technologies

  • 2013

    Technical committee member, 2013 Australian Symposium on Combustion