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

    6009 Perth


  • 8743 Citations
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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

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Catanionic and chain-packing effects on surfactant self-assembly in the ionic liquid ethylammonium nitrate

    Bryant, S. J., Jafta, C. J., Atkin, R., Gradzielski, M. & Warr, G. G., 22 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 540, p. 515-523 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Dissolution and suspension of asphaltenes with ionic liquids

    Zheng, C., Brunner, M., Li, H., Zhang, D. & Atkin, R., 15 Feb 2019, In : Fuel. 238, p. 129-138 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    5 Citations (Scopus)

    DTAB micelle formation in ionic liquid/water mixtures is determined by ionic liquid cation structure

    Lam, M. T., Adamson, W. D., Miao, S., Atkin, R. & Warr, G. G., 15 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 552, p. 597-603 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)