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Mission Director, CSIRO

Dr Deborah Lau leads CSIRO’s Ending Plastic Waste Mission. She coordinates a portfolio of scientific, technological and data driven innovations for the entire plastics life cycle to support community, government and industry initiatives, with the goal of diverting plastic waste that can end up as pollution or landfill into resources that build Australia’s circular economy. With over 30 years of research experience her passion is guiding teams to deliver successful projects in advanced materials science and sustainable materials circularity.


  • –present
    Research Project Leader, Surfaces and Nanoscience, CSIRO


    University of Melbourne, PhD/Spectroscopy