Central Science Laboratory

Noel Davies

Noel Davies

Assoc/Prof Noel Davies

Principal Research Fellow - Organic Mass Spectrometry

BScAgr(Hons), PhD, FRACI, C.Chem

Contact Details

Contact Campus Sandy Bay Campus
Building Chemistry Building
Room Reference Room 250 Level 2
Telephone +61 3 6226 2157
Fax +61 3 6226 2494
Email Noel.Davies@utas.edu.au

Noel joined the CSL in 1979 as a Research Fellow in Mass Spectrometry, and in 1984 was appointed Officer-in-Charge of both the Organic Mass Spectrometry and Vibrational Spectroscopy facilities. He has been associated exclusively with the Organic Mass Spectrometry facility since 1986. His research interests include analytical applications of mass spectrometry and chromatography in various life sciences  (pharmacology, plant science, horticulture, forestry, microbiology, medicine and zoology).

For more information on the organic MS facility go to the Organic Mass Spectrometry Facility Page


  • 'Optimizing flow rates in capillary gas chromatography-mass spectrometry' N.W.Davies 1985  Journal of Chromatography 325, 23-35
  • 'Gas chromatographic retention indices of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes on methyl silicone and Carbowax 20M phases' N.W.Davies 1990  Journal of Chromatography 503, 1-24
  • 'Characterisation of major peptides in 'jack jumper' ant venom by mass spectrometry' N.W.Davies, M.D.Wiese, S.G.Brown 2004   Toxicon 43, 173-183
  • 'A photosynthetic alveolate closely related to apicomplexan parasites' R.B.Moore,  M.Obornik, T.Chrudimsky, J.Janouskovec, M.Vancova, D.H.Green, S.W.Wright, N.W.Davies, C.J.S. Bolch, K.Heimann, O.Hoegh-Guldberg, J.M.Logsdon Jr, D.A.Carter 2008  Nature 451, 959-963
  • 'Reassessing the role of N-hydroxytryptamine in auxin biosynthesis' N.D.Tivendale, N.W.Davies, P.P.Molesworth, S.E.Davidson, J.A.Smith, E.Lowe, J.B.Reid, J.J.Ross 2010   Plant Physiology 154(4), 1957-1965
  • 'Can an ancestral condition for milk oligosaccharides be determined? Evidence from the Tasmanian echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus setosus)'  O.T.Oftedal, S.C.Nicol, N.W.Davies, N.Sekii, E.Taufik,  K.Fukuda, T.Saito, T.Urashima 2014  Glycobiology 24(9), 826-839 

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Noel was a Churchill Fellow in 1988, and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) in 1997. In 2012 he was awarded the Lloyd Smythe Medal from the Analytical Division of the RACI for services to analytical chemistry, and in 2006 a national RACI citation award. In 2013 he was awarded the Morrison Medal from the Australian & New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSMS) for his contributions to mass spectrometry and its applications over the previous 38 years, and presented the plenary Morrison Lecture at the biennial ANZSMS conference in Melbourne. He was convenor of the 16th conference of ANZSMS in 1997, and program chairman for the RACI's 11th Analytical Conference in 1991.

He has written or co-authored 170 refereed papers, as well as 130 national and international conference presentations. His 1990 review paper on gas chromatographic retention indices of terpenes has become the most cited paper by a Tasmanian author in any discipline published since 1979, with ~1400 citations - it currently receives around 90 citations per year. His published work has been cited over 4000 times, with currently  ~350 new citations per year and  Web of Science h-index is 28. He has been a Chief Investigator on over $5 million in research and infrastructure funding.

Noel has been the Tasmanian representative for ANZSMS since 1983 and served on the national executive of the Society from 1995-2004 and from 2009-2013.