Dr John Tsanaktsidis

Research Director

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Dr Tsanaktsidis is a synthetic organic chemist with over 30 years of experience, focussing on the development and translation of chemistry solutions to the chemical industry. Dr Tsanaktsidis is currently the Research Director of the Advanced Fibres and Chemical Industries Program (AFCI) at CSIRO Manufacturing. As Research Director, he sets the vision, strategy for AFCI to deliver outcomes and impact through mission directed, multi-disciplinary and collaborative science aligned to the goals of the CSIRO Manufacturing Business Unit.

Dr Tsanaktsidis applies his extensive background and experience in scientific research, management, business development, technology commercialisation, and business leadership to deliver commercial value to clients through the creation and translation of innovative technical solutions to the chemical manufacturing industry.

Dr Tsanaktsidis has authored or co-authored over 60 peer reviewed papers, 5 patents, and 2 book chapters, and has an h-index of 17. His efforts have been recognised by CSIRO for Business Excellence (2003) and Project Management (2004), and through a Chief's Innovation Award for his efforts in continuous flow chemistry (2012).

Dr Tsanaktsidis is a Fellow of the RACI, the peak body for chemists in Australia, has served as Chair of the Organic Chemistry Division of the RACI, and a Distinguished Alumni of The Flinders University of South Australia (2006)

Professional Experience:

Lecturer – School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne 1991 – 1995
Senior Research Scientist – CSIRO Molecular Science 1995 – 1999
R&D Management – CSIRO Molecular Science 1999 – 2005
Managing Director – Boron Molecular Pty. Ltd. 2005 – 2007
Commercial Manager – CSIRO Molecular and Health Technologies 2007 – 2008
Theme Leader – Niche Manufacturing Flagship, 2008 – 2009
Research Program Leader – CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering 2009 – 2011
Senior Principal Research Scientist – CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering 2011 – 2014
Team Leader & Chief Research Consultant – CSIRO Manufacturing 2014 – 2016
Research Director - Advanced Fibres & Chemical Industries - CSIRO Manufacturing 2016 -

1982 BSc (Chemistry), Flinders University
1983 BSc Honours (First Class), Flinders University
1987 PhD, Chemistry, Flinders University
1987 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago
1990 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research School of Chemistry, ANU
1999 CSIRO Project Leaders Program (PLP 8)
2002 GradCert Mgt (Technology Management), APESMA-Deakin University
2007 Company Directors Course Diploma, Australian Institute of Company Directors
2011 Gustav Kaser Training – Management One

Other Interests

Abstract Painting
Outside work, John is an amateur artist who loves to experiment with paints and various materials (mixed media), to create abstract images and effects that can speak for themselves. John uses his knowledge of chemistry to mix, blend and combine both conventional and unconventional art materials into images. John’s works are spontaneous and instinctual, and reflect his state of emotional consciousness; his works are reflections of his feelings and thoughts that interpret the present.

Fields of Research

Academic Qualifications

  • 2007

    Company Directors Course Diploma

  • 2002

    GradCert Mgt (Technology Management)
    Deakin University

  • 1987

    Flinders University

  • 1983

    Flinders University

  • 1982

    Flinders University

Professional Experiences

  • 2005-2007

    Managing Director
    Boron Molecular

  • 2014-2017

    RACI, Organic Chemistry Division


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