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Dr Paul Savage

Science Director


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Dr Paul Savage is currently the Science and Deputy Director of CSIRO Manufacturing Business Unit. Our focus is to solve complex challenges using innovative science and technology to help grow the Australian hi-tech manufacturing industry.

Dr Savage joined CSIRO in 1990 following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Florida, USA, 1988-90, with Professor Alan R Katritzky, FRS. His post doctoral research encompassed a variety of projects including: the detection and decontamination of chemical warfare agents, synthesis of organic liquid crystals, computational chemistry and laser desorption FT-ICR mass spectrometry, high-field nuclear magnetic resonance analysis of polycyclic heteroaromatic compounds, and preparative transformations using benzotriazole as a synthetic auxiliary.

Returning to Australia, Dr Savage took up a post doctoral position with CSIRO in the Division of Chemicals & Polymers in 1990 working on the Dunlena Project, a joint venture between CSIRO and DuPont. He was subsequently appointed: Research Scientist, 1991; Senior Research Scientist, 1994; Project Leader of the Crop Protection Chemicals Project, 1997-99; Director of Dunlena Pty Ltd; Program Leader of the Molecular Engineering Program at CSIRO Molecular Science, 2000; Theme Leader, Australian Biotechnology Growth Partnerships, 2005; Research Director of Biomedical Manufacturing in 2014; and Science Director of manufacturing in 2018.

Dr Savage has a BSc (Hons) and PhD (synthetic heterocyclic chemistry) from the University of Queensland; and an MBA (Technology Management) from the Chifley Business School, La Trobe University.


Current Roles

  • Science Director

Academic Qualifications

  • 2005

    MBA (Technology Management)
    La Trobe University

  • 1988

    The University of Queensland

  • 1983

    BSc (Hons)
    The University of Queensland


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