• The University of Western Australia (M310), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Rob Atkin is a physical chemist with diverse research interests that span fundamental to applied areas including ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents, surfactant and polymer adsorption, surface coatings, lubricants, electrolytes, production of biofuels from coal and biomass, microencapsulation, preparation of 2D materials, protein droplet formation in cells. Atkin makes extensive use of cutting edge facilities in the UWA Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, such as atomic force microscopy and external radiation scattering facilities such as ANSTO and the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, and has collaborations with academics and industry partners in Australia and internationally.


  • Energy
  • Mining and Resources
  • Transport
  • Agriculture and Food
  • Surface science
  • Physical chemistry
  • Tribology
  • lubrication
  • Ionic liquids
  • Deep eutectic solvents
  • Biofuels
  • Coatings
  • Materials science
  • Surfactants
  • Polymers
  • Particles
  • Electrolytes
  • Encapsulation
  • Emulsions

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Projects 2018 2020

Ionic Liquids for Scalable Production of Monolayer 2D Materials

Atkin, R., Warr, G., Tabor, R. & Padua, A.

Australian Research Council


Project: Research

Bio-inspired ionic liquid solvents for biomass refining

Atkin, R., Li, H., Zhang, D., Simmons, B., Warr, G., Imberti, S. & Dutta, T.

University of Western Australia


Project: Research

Research Output 2000 2019

Progress on the pre-treatment of lignocellulosic biomass employing ionic liquids

Halder, P., Kundu, S., Patel, S., Setiawan, A., Atkin, R., Parthasarthy, R., Paz-Ferreiro, J., Surapaneni, A. & Shah, K., 1 May 2019, In : Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 105, p. 268-292 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Ionic liquids
Vapor pressure
1 Citations (Scopus)

Amphiphilically Nanostructured Deep Eutectic Solvents

McDonald, S., Murphy, T., Imberti, S., Warr, G. G. & Atkin, R., 19 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 9, 14, p. 3922-3927 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ionic Liquids

Ionic Liquid Adsorption at the Silica-Oil Interface Revealed by Neutron Reflectometry

Cooper, P. K., Li, H., Yepuri, N. R., Nelson, A., Webber, G. B., Le Brun, A. P., Darwish, T. A., Warr, G. G. & Atkin, R., 25 Oct 2018, In : Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 122, 42, p. 24077-24084 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ionic Liquids
Ionic liquids
Silicon Dioxide
5 Citations (Scopus)

Low cost ionic liquid-water mixtures for effective extraction of carbohydrate and lipid from algae

To, T. Q., Procter, K., Simmons, B. A., Subashchandrabose, S. & Atkin, R., 1 Jan 2018, In : Faraday Discussions. 206, p. 93-112 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ionic Liquids
2 Citations (Scopus)

Nanostructured ionic liquids and their solutions: Recent advances and emerging challenges

Jiang, H. J., Atkin, R. & Warr, G. G., 1 Aug 2018, In : Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry. 12, p. 27-32 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Ionic Liquids
Ionic liquids