Emeritus Professor Robert Johnston

Emeritus Professor Robert Johnston

Emeritus Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

Previous Research Centre Management positions
Director, Centre for Applied Computing and Decision Analysis 1984-1987
Director, Australian Pulp and Paper Institute 1991-2003
Co-Director, CRC for Hardwood Fibre and Paper Science 1992-1998
Director, National Printing Laboratory, 2000-2003
Deputy CEO, CRC for Functional Communication Surfaces 2001-2003
Previous Appointments (in date order)
UMIST: Lecturer, Department of Polymer and Fibre Science
Australian Paper Manufacturers: Senior Systems Engineer
Victorian Ministry for Conservation:Deputy Director, Westernport Bay Environmental Study
University of Melbourne: Senior Research Fellow, Department of Mathematics
Footscray Institute of Technology:Principal Lecturer and Chair, MCOR (periodically)
Touche Ross: Manager, Manufacturing Systems Consulting
Victoria University: Director, Office of Research; Dean, Faculty of Engineering
Monash University: Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering; Director, Aust. Pulp & Paper Inst. (APPI); Member, Academic Board
Current Committee Appointments
Sweden:Marcus Wallenberg Prize Ambassador; CRC Review Committees Vinnova
Australia: Technical Committee, Appita; Industry Expert Group, Department Env., Australian Govt.
Previous Committee Appointments
Sweden: Marcus Wallenberg Prize Selection Committee
US: Vice-Chair and Chair, Tappi Research Management Committee
Finland: Metso Corporation Visioning Committee Board Member
Packaging Centre, Victoria University
Scientific Adviser, CRC Wood Innovations
Chair, Environmental Code of Practice Committee, Packaging Industry


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology



Professional Association

Fellow, Tappi
Fellow, Appita
Honorary Member, Australian Society for Operations Research
Member, Australian Mathematical Society
Honorary Professorial Fellow, Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne

Research Projects

Past projects

The Effect of Chemical Additives on Hydrocyclone Separation of Aqueous Pulp Fibre Suspensions

Development and Establishment of a National Printing Laboratory (npl) to Provide Research, Development and Technical Services for the Printing Industry

Research articles, papers & publications

See Robert’s research contributions through published book chapters, articles, journal papers and in the media.

Last modified: 04/03/2020