Professor Robert W. Cattrall


Honorary Professorial Fellow,  School of Chemistry

Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University


BSc(Hons), PhD, DSc, The University of Adelaide

Career Summary

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellow, University College London, 1965. Senior Demonstrator, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, The University of Melbourne, 1966. Foundation Lecturer in 1967 in the Chemistry Department at the newly established La Trobe University until retirement at the end of 1999. Appointed to a Personal Chair in 1997 and appointed an Emeritus Professor of La Trobe University in 2000. Visiting Professor at the University of Arizona in 1971 and 1978. After retirement, joined Professor Kolev’s research group in the School of Chemistry at The University of Melbourne and presently holds the position of Honorary Professorial Fellow.

Research Interests

Research interests include solvent extraction chemistry, polymer inclusion membranes in analytical chemistry and hydrometallurgy, ion-selective electrodes and optodes and novel flow-based methods of analysis.


Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), 2015
Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Analytical Chemistry Division Medal, 1995
Max O’Connor Lecturer, La Trobe University, 1995
Royal Society of Chemistry (London) Australasian Lectureship, 1996
Special Award, Flow Analysis IX, 2003 for contribution to flow analysis and the support and encouragement of young researchers
The “Robert Cattrall” medal established in 2007 by the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for presentation to the outstanding early career researcher in the field of Analytical Chemistry Nationally for the years 2007-2012
Special Session to honour Robert Cattrall at Anachem, Adelaide, July 2016

Membership of Professional Societies

Associate, Royal Australian Chemical Institute, 1960
Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute, 1974
50 year Honorary Life Member, Royal Australian Chemical Institute, 2010


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