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Our people-our expertise: Dr Ross Kleinschmidt (retired)

Our people-our expertise

Dr Ross Kleinschmidt (ret.)

Dr Kleinschmidt has recently retired from Queensland Health. If you are interested in his work and would like to know more, please contact us.

Qualifications | Research interests | Publications | Presentations | Memberships

Ross has consulted for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); ‘Program - Measurement & Assessment of Radionuclides and Non-Radioactive Pollutants in the Terrestrial Environment’, at the Austrian IAEA Laboratories, Seibersdorf, and is a member of the International Union of Radioecology task-group ‘Radioecology in arid regions’.

He has also been an expert advisor and witness for the Australian Parliament Senate Estimates Committee review of Defence policy and procedures for the management of equipment containing tritium-based light sources, and the Australian Parliament Senate Delect Committee on the dangers of radioactive waste.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Environmental Health Physics), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Thesis: Radioactive residues associated with water treatment, use and disposal in Australia (2011)
  • Master of Applied Science (Research), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Physics/Mathematics), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.
  • Associate Diploma in Applied Physics, Queensland Institute of Technology, Brisbane.

Research interests and expertise

  • Impact of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) on environmental health and the resources sector
  • Development of radiological baseline data for Queensland
  • NORM instrumental detection and measurement systems

Publications

Kleinschmidt R (2019) Radiological baeline reconstruction. Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). Report No: RSS19-005. Project Report. Queensland Government, Brisbane, Queensland.

Wallace JD, Kleinschmidt R. (2019) Large area NORM calibration pads: technical report RNSTR-001. Technical report, Queensland Government, Brisbane, Qld.

Kleinschmidt R, Watson D, Janik M, Gillmore G (2018) The presence and dosimetry of radon and thoron in a historical, underground metalliferous mine. Journal of Sustainable Mining 17(3):120-130. doi: 10.1016/j.jsm.2018.06.003

Kleinschmidt R (2017) Reference natural radionuclide concentrations in Australian soils and derived terrestrial air kerma rate. J Environ Radioact. 172: 160-162. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2017.03.021

Kleinschmidt R, Watson D (2016) Terrestrial gamma radiation baseline mapping using ultra low density sampling methods. J Environ Radioact. 151(3): 609-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.05.008

IAEA (2014) A Procedure for the rapid determination of Ra-226 and Ra-228 in water by liquid scintillation counting.  IAEA Analytical Quality in Nuclear Applications Series; No. 39. Drafting & review panel: Cook M, Gaigl SF, Chmielewska I, Kleinschmidt R, Kim CK, Kim YJ, Kis-Benedek G, Kozar logar J, Martin P, Maurizio F, Rusconi R, Sansone U, Sanada T, Tarjan S. IAEA, Vienna

IAEA/AQ/33 (2013) National and regional surveys of radon concentration in dwellings: review of methodology and measurement techniques.  IAEA Analytical Quality in Nuclear Applications Series; No. 33. Bochicchio F, Chalupnik S, Hampe D, Kleinschmidt R, Vajda N, Kim CK, Martin P, Sansone U, Gondin da Fonseca AM. IAEA, Vienna

Kleinschmidt R, Black J, Akber R (2011) Mapping radioactivity in groundwater to identify elevated exposure in remote and rural communities. J Environ Radioact. 102(3):235-43. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2010.11.013

Cook M, Kleinschmidt R (2011) Simultaneous determination of 226Ra and 228Ra in water by liquid scintillation spectrometry.  Aust J Chem. 64(7): 880-884. doi: 10.1071/CH11120

Recent presentations

Mar 2019: 'Measurement of external radiation: contaminated land assessments'. Australian Contaminated Land Consultants Association Meeting, 14 March 2019.

November 2018: 'Passive Radon, Thoron and Thoron Progeny Measurements throughout a Historical Mine'. 15th South Pacific Environmental Radioactivity Association Conference, 6-9 November 2018, Perth, WA.

Nov 2015: Invited speaker – ‘A calibration facility for environmental radioactivity survey instruments’, Radiation Safety Officers User Group meeting. 17 November 2015, Mount Isa, Qld.

Oct 2015: Poster - 'Radon measurements in an underground experimental mine', Australasian Radiation Protection Society Conference. 6-9 October 2015 Canberra.

Mar 2015: Invited speaker - 'Preliminary radon survey results from a historical mine in North Queensland: implications for workers and the public', Radiation Safety Officers User Group meeting, 31 March 2015, Brisbane, Qld.

Mar 2015: Invited speaker - 'Preliminary radon survey results from a historical mine in North Queensland: implications for workers and the public', Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists - Qld branch meeting. 5 March 2015, Brisbane, Qld.

Dec 2014: 'The analysis of plutonium isotopes in Queensland soils' (with Cook M), RACI National Congress, 7-12 December 2014, Adelaide, SA.

Nov 2014: 'QRBP - Queensland Radiation Baseline Project, Marine Biota', Health & Food Sciences Precinct seminar series. 28 November 2014, Coopers Plains, Qld.

Sep 2014: 'Ultra low density sampling methods and applications in baseline radiometric mapping' (with Drew Watson), South Pacific Environmental Radioactivity Association conference (SPERA 2014). 1-4 September 2014, Darwin, NT.

Sep 2014: 'The design, fabrication and characterisation of an environmental radiation calibration facility for NORM measurements [poster]' (with John Wallace), South Pacific Environmental Radioactivity Association conference (SPERA 2014). 1-4 September 2014, Darwin, NT.

Aug 2014: 'Validation of baseline (background) terrestrial gamma radiation levels for Queensland as derived from drainage sediment geochemistry mapping data', Health & Food Sciences Precinct, National Science Week, 18-22 August 2014, Coopers Plains, Qld.

May 2014: 'Gamma Spectrometry and ICP-MS assessment of NORM in Queensland major drainage catchments' (with Drew Watson and S. Finlayson), IRPA Regional Congress - Proceedings of the Fourth Asian and Oceanic Congress on Radiation Protection (AOCRP-4), 12-16 May 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Oct 2013: 'Accuracy and portability of background gamma radiation survey data' (with Drew Watson), Australasian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS2013) Conference. 13-17 October 2013, Cairns, Qld.

Jul 2013: Invited speaker - 'Radiation awareness in mining, mineral processing and industry', Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists seminar series, July 2013, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth.

Memberships