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Dr Patrick Hartley

Leader, CSIRO Hydrogen Industry Mission


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Dr. Patrick Hartley is the leader of CSIRO’s Hydrogen Industry Mission. In this role he is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of a major new national research initiative which was launched in May 2021, focussed on delivering research, development and demonstrations which enable the scaleup of Australia’s domestic and export hydrogen industries.

In 2018, he established CSIRO’s Hydrogen Energy Systems Future Science Platform. This major initiative focusses on addressing research challenges which underpin the development of hydrogen energy value chains in Australia. During this time, he co-led the formulation of CSIRO’s ‘National Hydrogen Roadmap, and, with the Chief Scientist of Australia, the briefing paper ‘Hydrogen for Australia’s Future’ which was presented to the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) Energy council in August 2018.

From 2014-2019 he led the Oil, Gas and Fuels research program within CSIRO's Energy Business Unit. The program comprises 85 research staff and students working on applied research projects which span the energy resources value chain, with a particular emphasis on the sustainable development of Australia’s petroleum resources and on the associated challenges of large scale carbon dioxide storage.

Patrick graduated with a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London in 1994, and was subsequently awarded a research fellowship from the Royal Society, London, which allowed him to take up full time research fellowship roles at the University of Melbourne from 1994 to 1998, when he joined CSIRO as a research scientist. Since then, he has led research teams working with national and international large corporations and SME’s to develop new technologies for applications in drug delivery, energy storage, water treatment and petrochemical recovery. He has co-authored more than 90 peer reviewed publications almost all in collaboration with university and/or other research institution partners.

Patrick has occupied senior research management roles in CSIRO since 2006, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds an Adjunct Professorship at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia

Academic Qualifications

  • 1994

    Imperial College (UK)

  • 1987

    BSc (Hons)
    University of Warwick (UK)

  • 1994

    Diploma of Imperial College (DIC)
    Imperial College (UK)

Achievements and Awards

  • 2009

    CSIRO Medal for Business Excellence

  • 2006

    ‘One CSIRO’ CSIRO Award

  • 2004

    Grimwade Prize in Industrial Chemistry
    University of Melbourne