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

    6009 Perth


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Rob Atkin is a physical chemist with 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, and 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. Rob has collaborations with academics and industry partners in Australia and internationally.

Industry keywords

  • Energy
  • Mining and Resources
  • Transport
  • Agriculture and Food

Research expertise keywords

  • 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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Research Output

Amphiphilic nanostructure in choline carboxylate and amino acid ionic liquids and solutions

Miao, S., Atkin, R. & Warr, G. G., 14 Feb 2020, In : Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 22, 6, p. 3490-3498 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Effect of Hydrogen Bonding between Ions of like Charge on the Boundary Layer Friction of Hydroxy-Functionalized Ionic Liquids

    Li, H., Niemann, T., Ludwig, R. & Atkin, R., 21 May 2020, In : Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 11, 10, p. 3905-3910 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Engineering high-energy-density sodium battery anodes for improved cycling with superconcentrated ionic-liquid electrolytes

    Rakov, D. A., Chen, F., Ferdousi, S. A., Li, H., Pathirana, T., Simonov, A. N., Howlett, P. C., Atkin, R. & Forsyth, M., 4 May 2020, In : Nature Materials.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Nanotribology of hydrogels with similar stiffness but different polymer and crosslinker concentrations

    Li, H., Choi, Y. S., Rutland, M. W. & Atkin, R., 15 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 563, p. 347-353 7 p.

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