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Dr Frankie Busetti

Laboratory Manager

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5674
Mobile: 0411 280 052
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

  • Gateway to allergy prevention: Promoting an immunomodulatory breastmilk profile with maternal prebiotic supplementation,  Department of Health WA,  WA Child Research Fund,  2019 - 2021,  $700,648.
  • 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

  • Lohr, M., Hampton, J., Cherriman, S., Busetti, F., Lohr, C., (2020), Completing a worldwide picture: preliminary evidence of lead exposure in a scavenging bird from mainland Australia. Science of the Total Environment, 715(1 May 2020), Article number 135913, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135913.
  • Lettoof, D., Lohr, M., Busetti, F., Bateman, P., Davis, R., (2020), Toxic time bombs: Frequent detection of anticoagulant rodenticides in urban reptiles at multiple trophic levels. Science of the Total Environment, 724(1 July 2020), Article number 138218, Elsevier, DOI:
  • Nguyen, D., Solah, V., Johnson, S., Nguyen, H., Nguyen, T., Tran, T., Mai, T., Busetti, F., (2019), Identification and quantification of beta-casomorphin peptides naturally yielded in raw milk by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. LWT: Food Science and Technology, 111(August 2019), 465-469, DOI: 10.1016/j.lwt.2019.05.074.
  • Ofori, H., Hettiarachchi, D., Sostaric, T., Busetti, F., Boyce, M., (2019), High Performance Thin-Layer Chromatographic Fingerprinting of Sandalwood Essential Oils. Journal of Planar Chromatography: Modern TLC, 32(3), 205-210, DOI: 10.1556/1006.2019.32.3.5.
  • Leusch, F., Neale, P., Busetti, F., Card, M., Humpage, A., Orbell, J., Ridgway, H., Stewart, M., Van De Merwe, J., Escher, B., (2019), Transformation of endocrine disrupting chemicals, pharmaceutical and personal care products during drinking water disinfection. Science of the Total Environment, 657(20 March 2019), 1480-1490, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.106.
  • Dorakumbura, B., Busetti, F., Lewis, S., (2019), Investigations into sampling approaches for chemical analysis of latent fingermark residue. Forensic Chemistry, 14(June 2019), Article number 100166, DOI: 10.1016/j.forc.2019.100166.
  • 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.
  • 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 December 2018), 10-18, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2018.08.072.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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. 11th IWA Specialist Group Conference on Wastewater Pond Technologies. Conference Proceedings, 8p., online, International Water Association.

Research Student Supervision

Co-ordinating Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Characterisation of Sandalwood Essential Oils using High Performance Thin-Layer Chromatography and High Resolution Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry
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