• 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.


  • 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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Research Output 2000 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

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

Ionic Liquids
Ionic liquids
Surface-Active Agents
Self assembly
2 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

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

Ionic Liquids
Ionic liquids
Positive ions
3 Citations (Scopus)

Effect of halides on the solvation of poly(ethylene oxide) in the ionic liquid propylammonium nitrate

Stefanovic, R., Chen, Z., FitzGerald, P. A., Warr, G. G., Atkin, R., Page, A. J. & Webber, G. B., 15 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 534, p. 649-654 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Electro-Responsive Surface Composition and Kinetics of an Ionic Liquid in a Polar Oil

Hjalmarsson, N., Bergendal, E., Wang, Y. L., Munavirov, B., Wallinder, D., Glavatskih, S., Aastrup, T., Atkin, R., Furó, I. & Rutland, M. W., 3 Oct 2019, In : Langmuir.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ionic Liquids
Ionic liquids
Surface structure

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