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Dr Mick Wilson.

Dr Mick Wilson: improving oil and gas discovery and utilisation

Dr Mick Wilson’s areas of research include synthetic and natural fuels, soils and nanotechnology.

  • 19 May 2008 | Updated 14 October 2011

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History


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Current activities

Dr Wilson has returned to CSIRO as the Theme Leader, Low Emission Transport Fuels, for the Energy Transformed Flagship. His areas of research include:

  • nanocarbons
  • nanocomposites of artificial bone
  • organic geochemistry of soils and coal
  • nanotechnological applications to synthetic fuels
  • the organic geochemistry of  petroleum formation
  • petroleum refining and coal utilisation
  • forensic science of drugs
  • molecular structure of complementary medicines.


Dr Wilson led petroleum and coal-focussed organic geochemistry during his initial work with CSIRO. He works closely with Energy Transformed Flagship in his role as Theme Leader.

Dr Wilson is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Western Sydney and an Adjunct Professor University of Queensland. He has held teaching and leadership positions at:

Dr Wilson works in nanotechnology, enhancing oil recovery and synfuels.
  • the College of Health and Science, University of Western Sydney, Australia 
  • the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • the University of New South Wales, Australia
  • the University of Utah, USA,
  • Canterbury University, New Zealand
  • Auckland University, New Zealand.

Academic qualifications

After completing a Bachelor of Science Dr Wilson went on to be awarded a Master of Science with Honours. He completed his Doctorate in 1974 and obtained a Doctor of Science in 1988 from Auckland University. 


Dr Wilson developed applications of high resolution solid state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) in soil science. This technique is now used universally. He also developed methods of coal liquefaction and new routes to liquid fuels.

Dr Wilson is a project leader in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials. He has also been a member of the:

  • Australian Prime Minister's Working Party on Crime and Science
  • the Australian Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Petroleum.

He has won awards for:

  • the United States Geological Survey (USGS), 1988
  • as Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI), 1992
  • Amoco-Argonne, 1992
  • Baragwanath Institute of Energy,1996
  • Kyushu University, 1996
  • Liversidge lectureship, Royal Society, 2000
  • Organic Geochemistry Medal, 2006.

Dr Wilson has also worked for many agencies and corporations. These include:

  • Exxon
  • Alcoa
  • Southern Pacific Petroleum
  • Queensland Alumina Limited
  • Australian Federal Police.

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