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Dr Frankie Busetti

Laboratory Manager

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5674, Mobile: 0411280052, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.242
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5674
Mobile: 0411280052
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.242  


Frankie is the Laboratory Manager of the ECU Science Analytical Facility in the School of Science.


Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 4.30pm


  • Jan 2011- Feb 2017: Senior Research Fellow/Lecturer Level ALC03– Curtin Water Quality Research Centre- Perth, Western Australia
  • March 2008- June 2010: Research Fellow– Curtin Water Quality Research Centre- Perth, Western Australia
  • November 2005-February 2008: Post Doctoral Research Fellow– Curtin Water Quality Research Centre- Curtin University of Technology, Perth-WA
  • March-October 2005: Research Fellow- CRCWQT project, Curtin University of Technology, Applied Chemistry, Perth-WA
  • November 2004-January 2005: Laboratory Analyst- Tagubar Guanabara Bay Project No. 76145- T9-2-Cap.Build, IUCN- The World Conservation Union

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2015 Cross Faculty Publication Award (outside HS FOR code with HS staff member from Health Sciences) for the publication “Formation and Degradation of Beta-casomorphins in Dairy Processing”. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition 55 (2015) 1955.  DOI: 10.1080/10408398.2012.740102.
  • Award for the best scientific poster presentation (2nd prize) “Organic Chloramines stability, kinetics and their risk in drinking water” at the IWW DBPs conference Water Awards held in Muheim and der Ruhr, Germany, 27-29 October 2014.
  • 2013 Faculty Publication Award (highest impact factor publication, FOR code1111 - “Nutrition & Dietetics”) for the publication “Isotope dilution liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry for simultaneous identification and quantification of beta-casomorphin 5 and beta-casomorphin 7 in yoghurt”. Food Chemistry 146, (2014) 345. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2013.09.057.
  • 2010 Co-author of the best water recycling project in Western Australia “CHARACTERISING TREATED SECONDARY WASTEWATER FOR DRINKING PURPOSES FOLLOWING REVERSE OSMOSIS TREATMENT” at the AWA WA Water Awards held in Perth, Australia, 22 October 2010.
  • 2010 Award for the best scientific poster presentation (1nd prize) “CHARACTERISING TREATED SECONDARY WASTEWATER FOR DRINKING PURPOSES FOLLOWING REVERSE OSMOSIS TREATMENT” at the Ozwater’10 conference held in Brisbane, Australia, 8-10 March 2010.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Italy, 2005.
  • Degree of Industrial Chemistry, Italy, 1974.


Recent Research Grants

  • Sulfate sensor for reverse osmosis integrity & performance monitoring,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Projects),  2016 - 2019,  $66,617.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • How, Z., Linge, K., Busetti, F., Joll, C., (2018), Formation of odorous and hazardous by-products from the chlorination of amino acids. Water Research, 146(1), 10-18, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2018.08.072.
  • Nguyen, D., Busetti, F., Johnson, S., Solah, V., (2018), Degradation of β-casomorphins and identification of degradation products during yoghurt processing using liquid chromatography coupled with high resolution mass spectrometry. Food Research International, 106(April 2018), 98-104, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.foodres.2017.12.035.
  • Alvarez De Eulate, E., Busetti, F., Arrigan, D., (2017), Evaluation of interfacial sulfate complexation by a bis-thiourea ionophore at water-organic interfaces using microelectrochemistry and high resolution mass spectrometry. Microchemical Journal, 131(1 March 2017), 36-42, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.microc.2016.10.030.
  • Davison, E., Giustiniano, D., Busetti, F., Gates, G., Syme, K., (2017), Death cap mushrooms from southern Australia: Additions to Amanita (Amanitaceae, Agaricales) section Phalloideae Clade IX. Australian Systematic Botany, 30(4), 371-389, DOI: 10.1071/SB17032.
  • Niu, X., Busetti, F., Langsa, M., Croue, J., (2016), Roles of singlet oxygen and dissolved organic matter in self-sensitized photo-oxidation of antibiotic norfloxacin under sunlight irradiation. Water Research, 106(1 December 2016), 214-222, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2016.10.002.
  • How, Z., Linge, K., Busetti, F., Joll, C., (2016), Organic chloramines in drinking water: An assessment of formation, stability, reactivity and risk. Water Research, 93(15 April 2016), 65-73, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2016.02.006.
  • Casen, M., Kosjek, T., Busetti, F., Kompare, B., Heath, E., (2016), Human metabolites and transformation products of cyclophosphamide and ifosfamide: analysis, occurrence and formation during abiotic treatments. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23(11), 11209-11223, Berlin Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag, DOI: 10.1007/s11356-016-6321-1.
  • Nguyen, DD., Johnson, S., Busetti, F., Solah, V., (2015), Formation and Degradation of Beta-casomorphins in Dairy Processing. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 55(14), 1955-1967, Taylor & Francis Group, DOI: 10.1080/10408398.2012.740102.
  • Busetti, F., Ruff, M., Linge, KL., (2015), Target screening of chemicals of concern in recycled water. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 1(5), 659-667, Royal Society of Chemistry, DOI: 10.1039/c4ew00104d.
  • Nguyen, DD., Busetti, F., Johnson, SK., Solah, VA., (2015), Identification and quantification of native beta-casomorphins in Australian milk by LC–MS/MS and LC–HRMS. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 44(Dec 1), 102-110, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jfca.2015.08.009.
  • Busetti, F., Berwick, L., McDonald, S., Heitz, A., Joll, C., Loh, J., Power, G., (2014), Physicochemical Characterization of Organic Matter in Bayer Liquor. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 53(15), 6544-6553, American Chemical Society, DOI: 10.1021/ie402826.
  • Tang, J., Busetti, F., Charrois, J., Escher, B., (2014), Which chemicals drive biological effects in wastewater and recycled water?. Water Research, 60(1 September 2014), 289-299, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2014.04.043.
  • How, ZT., Busetti, F., Linge, K., Kristiana, I., Joll, C., Charrois, J., (2014), Analysis of free amino acids in natural waters by liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography A, 1370(28 November 2014), 135-146, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2014.10.040.
  • Nguyen, D., Solah, VA., Johnson, SK., Charrois, J., Busetti, F., (2014), Isotope dilution liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry for simultaneous identification and quantification of beta-casomorphin 5 and beta-casomorphin 7 in yoghurt. Food Chemistry, 146(2014), 345-352, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2013.09.057.
  • Frick, A., Busetti, F., Cross, A., Lewis, S., (2014), Aqueous Nile blue: A simple, versatile and safe reagent for the detection of latent fingermarks. Chemical Communications, 50(25), 3341-3343, The Royal Society of Chemistry, DOI: 10.1039/c3cc49577a.

Conference Publications

  • Gruchlik, Y., Linge, KL., Liew, D., Joll, CA., Paparini, A., Busetti, F., Ryan, U., Cadee, K., Lethorn, A., (2016), Chemical and microbial analysis of selected waste stabilisation pond systems in Western Australia., 8p..
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