Estrella Sanz Rodriguez

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Estrella Sanz Rodriguez

Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow/ Research Technician

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Dr Sanz Rodriguez currently holds two positions at ACROSS as Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Research Technician with her research focus on the development and application of new chromatography-mass spectrometry-based methods for the analysis of industrial and environmental samples.


Dr Estrella Sanz Rodriguez is a Complutense University of Madrid (UCM, Spain) B.Sc. (1996) (Analytical Chemistry), Ph.D. (2007) graduate. After her graduation in 1996, she began her research career undertaking a one-year research project at the Analytical Department of UCM. From April 2003 to July 2007, she carried out her PhD at the Department of Analytical Chemistry at UCM. For the periods 1997-2003, 2007-2009 and 2011-2013, she held positions as laboratory technician and analytical scientist within commercial and governmental laboratories.

Between the periods 2009 to 2011, Estrella was employed as a postdoctoral research fellow research in a collaborative research project between the UCM and the Spanish Institute for Cultural Heritage (IPCE). In 2014 Estrella joined the Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science (ACROSS) and since that time has been employed on a series of contractual positions, intermittently holding research technician and research fellow positions.

Career summary


Degree Thesis TitleUniversityCountry Date of Award
PhD New fast and efficient methods for arsenic species extraction from complex samplesUniversidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) Spain07/2007

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Dr Estrella Sanz Rodriguez’s major area of research expertise is in the development and application of new analytical technology and methodology, based on chromatographic techniques coupled with mass spectrometry, including gas chromatography (GC-MS), liquid chromatography (LC-MS) and ion chromatography (IC-MS), and across a wide range of application areas. Her knowledge and expertise case all steps involved in method development, including sample preparation, separation, and detection optimization, data treatment, interpretation, and reporting.

Her 25 years’ experience as an analytical chemist in various positions covers a significant diversity of projects and applied sciences. All through her career, she has been developing new methods and capabilities using different mass spectrometers, namely, single quadrupole, (SQ), ion trap (IT), quadrupole-time of flight (QTOF), triple quadrupole (QQQ) and high resolution orbitrap (HR-orbitrap) mass spectrometers.

She is also experienced in providing advanced training of post-graduate students and early career researchers in the use of this instrumentation.

The analytical solutions she has developed, often in collaborative projects with industry, cover a wide range of sample types and systems, spanning natural products, environmental and industrial applications. Specifically, these include natural and synthetic dyes, essential oils, natural resins, proteins, inorganic and organic ions, oxyhalide disinfection by-products, haloacetic acids, biomass burning markers, polyfluorinated alkyl substances, manufacture by-products, xylooligosaccharides, amongst many more. She also has a deep technical knowledge and experience in the elaboration of standard operation protocols, maintenance protocols, and troubleshooting management related to the above type of instruments.


  • Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
  • Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC)
  • Monash University-BioPRIA
  • Norske Skog Boyer
  • NIWA
  • Core Group


  • 2020 Vice-Chancellor's Innovation Award as a member of AsTech Training Centre for Portable Analytical Separation Technologies Team

Current projects

Dr Estrella Sanz Rodriguez is currently a Senior Research Fellow (0.5 FTE) at ACROSS leading a collaborative project established through the ARC Research Hub for Processing Lignocellulosic into High Value Products (PALS). Her collaboration has been focused on two sub-projects:

  1. the characterisation of by-products produced in a sustainable chemical manufacture, within a collaboration with Norse Skog Boyer and
  2. the characterisation of the xylooligosaccharides (XOS) produced from lignocellulosic material to evaluate their potential use in the nutraceutical industry, within a collaboration with BioPRIA and Monash University.

She simultaneously holds a Research Technician role within ACROSS (0.5 FTE) wherein she supports and lead research activities covering a wide range of sample types and systems, spanning natural products, environmental and industrial applications. One component of this role is the management of the liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry facilities within ACROSS, which includes several ion chromatography and liquid chromatography instruments and up to six mass spectrometers, namely, two single quadrupoles, two ion traps, a quadrupole-time of flight and a triple quadrupole. Both roles required the use of hyphenated separation techniques, including GC-MS, LC-MS and IC-MS, and the research training and supervision of graduate students and early career researchers in the use of advanced equipment.

Fields of Research

  • Separation science (340109)
  • Atmospheric composition, chemistry and processes (370104)
  • Analytical spectrometry (340101)
  • Electrochemistry (340604)
  • Atmospheric aerosols (370103)
  • Other chemical sciences (349999)
  • Chemical oceanography (370802)
  • Physical oceanography (370803)
  • Biomaterials (400302)
  • Analytical biochemistry (310101)
  • Synthetic biology (310113)
  • Instrumental methods (excl. immunological and bioassay methods) (340105)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences (280105)
  • Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts) (190503)
  • Fisheries - aquaculture (100299)
  • Measurement and assessment of marine water quality and condition (180505)
  • Atmospheric composition (incl. greenhouse gas inventory) (180102)
  • Other environmental management (189999)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biomedical and clinical sciences (280103)
  • Air quality (180101)
  • Understanding climate change (190599)
  • Scientific instruments (241003)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences (280102)
  • Horticultural crops (260599)
  • Water services and utilities (110504)
  • Aquaculture rock lobster (100206)
  • Fine chemicals (240904)
  • Expanding knowledge in engineering (280110)
  • Nutraceuticals and functional foods (241308)


CI Sanz Rodriguez’s research career to date has resulted in a total of 41 publications, namely 28 peer-reviewed journal articles, 3 book chapters, 3 refereed conference proceedings, 3 published interviews, and 4 non-peer reviewed journals/bulletins (Google Scholar – 678 citations, h-index 11). 83% of CI Sanz Rodriguez’s peer-reviewed publications have been published within Q1 ranked journals, including Nature (Springer Nature, 2020, IF 49.96, CiteScore rank 1/110 for multidisciplinary), Trends in Analytical Chemistry (Elsevier, 2020 IF 9.80, CiteScore rank 4/119 for analytical chemistry, Q1), Journal of Chromatography A (Elsevier, 2020, IF 4.76, CiteScore rank 17/119 for analytical chemistry), Analytica Chimica Acta (Elsevier, 2020, IF 6.56, CiteScore rank 11/119 for analytical chemistry), Analyst (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2020 IF 4.62, CiteScore rank 20/119 for analytical chemistry, Q1). The remaining 17% of CI’s peer-reviewed publications have all been published within Q2 quartile journals.

Total publications


Journal Article

(21 outputs)
2022Chen L, Ghiasvand A, Lam SC, Sanz Rodriguez E, Innes PC, et al., 'Thread-based isotachophoresis coupled with desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry for clean-up, preconcentration, and determination of alkaloids in biological fluids', Analytica Chimica Acta, 1193 Article 338810. ISSN 0003-2670 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aca.2021.338810 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Chen L; Ghiasvand A; Lam SC; Paull B


2022Chen L, Ghiasvand A, Sanz Rodriguez E, Innis PC, Paull B, 'Nanomaterial-assisted thread-based isotachophoresis with on-thread solute trapping', Analyst, 147, (9) Article 1944. ISSN 0003-2654 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/d2an00287f [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Chen L; Ghiasvand A; Paull B


2022Perron MMG, Meyerink S, Corkill M, Strzelec M, Proemse BC, et al., 'Trace elements and nutrients in wildfire plumes to the southeast of Australia', Atmospheric Research, 270 Article 106084. ISSN 0169-8095 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2022.106084 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Perron MMG; Meyerink S; Corkill M; Strzelec M; Proemse BC; Gault-Ringold M; Chase Z; Bowie AR


2021Chen L, Ghiasvand A, Sanz Rodriguez E, Innis PC, Paull B, 'Applications of nanomaterials in ambient ionization mass spectrometry', Trac-Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 136 Article 116202. ISSN 0165-9936 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.trac.2021.116202 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Chen L; Ghiasvand A; Paull B


2021Sanz Rodriguez E, Lam S, Smith GG, Haddad PR, Paull B, 'Ultra-trace determination of oxyhalides in ozonated aquacultural marine waters by direct injection ion chromatography coupled with triple-quadrupole mass spectrometry', Heliyon, 7, (4) Article e06885. ISSN 2405-8440 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2021.e06885 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Lam S; Smith GG; Haddad PR; Paull B


2021Tang W, Llort J, Weis J, Perron MMG, Basart S, et al., 'Widespread phytoplankton blooms triggered by 2019-2020 Australian wildfires', Nature, 597, (7876) pp. 370-375. ISSN 0028-0836 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41586-021-03805-8 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 46Web of Science - 41

Co-authors: Llort J; Weis J; Perron MMG; Proemse B; Bowie AR; Schallenberg C; Strutton PG


2020Chen L, Cabot JM, Sanz Rodriguez E, Ghiasvand A, Innis PC, et al., 'Thread-based isoelectric focusing coupled with desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry', Analyst pp. 1-9. ISSN 0003-2654 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/d0an01344g [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Chen L; Cabot JM; Ghiasvand A; Paull B


2020Perron MMG, Proemse BC, Strzelec M, Gault-Ringold M, Boyd PW, et al., 'Origin, transport and deposition of aerosol iron to Australian coastal waters', Atmospheric Environment, 228 Article 117432. ISSN 1352-2310 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2020.117432 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 17

Co-authors: Perron MMG; Proemse BC; Strzelec M; Gault-Ringold M; Boyd PW; Paull B; Bowie AR


2019Lam SC, Sanz Rodriguez E, Haddad PR, Paull B, 'Recent advances in open tubular capillary liquid chromatography', Analyst, 144, (11) pp. 3464-3482. ISSN 0003-2654 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c9an00329k [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 43Web of Science - 41

Co-authors: Lam SC; Haddad PR; Paull B


2019Nakatani N, Cabot JM, Lam SC, Sanz Rodriguez E, Paull B, 'Selective capillary electrophoresis separation of mono and divalent cations within a high-surface area-to-volume ratio multi-lumen capillary', Analytica Chimica Acta, 1051 pp. 41-48. ISSN 0003-2670 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aca.2018.11.033 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Nakatani N; Cabot JM; Lam SC; Paull B


2019Sanz Rodriguez E, Lam SC, Haddad PR, Paull B, 'Reversed-phase functionalised multi-lumen capillary as combined concentrator, separation column, and ESI emitter in capillary-LC-MS', Chromatographia, 83, (1) pp. 197-209. ISSN 0009-5893 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10337-018-3629-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Lam SC; Haddad PR; Paull B


2019Sanz Rodriguez E, Perron MM, Strzelec M, Proemse BC, Bowie AR, et al., 'Analysis of levoglucosan and its isomers in atmospheric samples by ion chromatography with electrospray lithium cationisation - triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometry', Journal of Chromatography A, 1610 Article 460557. ISSN 0021-9673 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2019.460557 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Perron MM; Strzelec M; Proemse BC; Bowie AR; Paull B


2019Sanz Rodriguez E, Plummer C, Nation M, Moy A, Curran M, et al., 'Sub-1 mL sample requirement for simultaneous determination of 17 organic and inorganic anions and cations in Antarctic ice core samples by dual capillary ion chromatography', Analytica Chimica Acta, 1063 pp. 167-177. ISSN 0003-2670 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aca.2019.02.014 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Plummer C; Moy A; Curran M; Haddad PR; Paull B


2018Chatterjee S, Major GH, Paull B, Sanz Rodriguez E, Kaykhaii M, et al., 'Using pattern recognition entropy to select mass chromatograms to prepare total ion current chromatograms from raw liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry data', Journal of Chromatography A, 1558 pp. 21-28. ISSN 0021-9673 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2018.04.042 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Paull B


2018Currivan SA, Chen WQ, Wilson R, Sanz Rodriguez E, Upadhyay N, et al., 'Multi-lumen capillary based trypsin micro-reactor for the rapid digestion of proteins', Analyst, 143, (20) pp. 4944-4953. ISSN 0003-2654 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c8an01330f [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Currivan SA; Wilson R; Upadhyay N; Nesterenko PN; Paull B


2018Nakatani N, Mosqueda A, Cabot JM, Sanz Rodriguez E, Yoshikawa K, et al., 'Rapid screening of inorganic and organic anions in liquid by-products from hydrothermal treatment of biomass by capillary electrophoresis', Electrophoresis, 39, (7) pp. 1014-1020. ISSN 0173-0835 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/elps.201700366 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Nakatani N; Cabot JM; Paull B


2016Kazarian AA, Sanz Rodriguez E, Deverell JA, McCord J, Muddiman DC, et al., 'Wall modified photonic crystal fibre capillaries as porous layer open tubular columns for in-capillary micro-extraction and capillary chromatography', Analytica Chimica Acta, 905 pp. 1-7. ISSN 0003-2670 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aca.2015.10.005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 24

Co-authors: Kazarian AA; Deverell JA; Paull B


2016Sanz Rodriguez E, Nation M, Moy AD, Curran MAJ, Haddad PR, et al., 'Application of capillary ion chromatography and capillary ion chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry to determine methanesulfonate and inorganic anions in microliter sample volumes of Antarctic snow and ice', Analytical Methods, 8, (42) pp. 7650-7660. ISSN 1759-9660 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c6ay02426b [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Nation M; Moy AD; Curran MAJ; Haddad PR; Nesterenko PN; Paull B


2016Sanz Rodriguez E, Setiawan AN, Pope S, Haddad PR, Nesterenko PN, et al., 'A simple and sensitive method for the determination of iodide and iodate in raw, ultraviolet- and ozone-treated aquacultural seawater samples using ion chromatography coupled to an ultraviolet detector', Analytical Methods, 8, (28) pp. 5587-5595. ISSN 1759-9660 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c6ay01381c [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 21Web of Science - 18

Co-authors: Haddad PR; Nesterenko PN; Paull B


2015Sanz Rodriguez E, Haddad PR, Paull B, 'Essential role of ion chromatography in constructing ice core paleoclimatic records', Chromatography Today, (November/December) pp. 48-51. (2015) [Professional, Refereed Article]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Haddad PR; Paull B


2015Sanz Rodriguez E, Poynter S, Curran M, Haddad PR, Shellie RA, et al., 'Capillary ion chromatography with on-column focusing for ultra-trace analysis of methanesulfonate and inorganic anions in limited volume Antarctic ice core samples', Journal of Chromatography A, 1409 pp. 182-188. ISSN 0021-9673 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2015.07.034 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Poynter S; Curran M; Haddad PR; Shellie RA; Nesterenko PN; Paull B


Other Public Output

(3 outputs)
2016Paull B, Sanz Rodriguez E, 'Analyzing Antarctic Ice Cores Using Capillary IC', Chromatography Online, UBM Life Sciences, United States, 14 March 2016 (2016) [Media Interview]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Paull B


2016Sanz Rodriguez E, 'Antarctic ice is 'core' to climate change research', Ian Potter Foundation Knowledge Centre: Case Studies, Ian Potter Foundation, Australia (2016) [Report Other]

[eCite] [Details]


2016Sanz Rodriguez E, 'Accelerated method development using a modular, reagent-free ion chromatography system', Thermo Scientific, Thermo Fisher Scientific (2016) [Report Other]

[eCite] [Details]


Grants & Funding

Since her arrival at the University of Tasmania in 2014, Dr Sanz Rodriguez has formally been named as a CI within two funded projects.

The first, entitled ‘Creating an ice core record from Antarctic samples using Capillary-Ion Chromatography coupled mass-spectrometry’, was funded by the Ian Potter Foundation (IPF) in 2015 with a grant of $30,000, and more recently, as co-CI on an ARC LIEF grant (LE210100140) for the implementation of a ‘Quarantined ion chromatography mass spectrometry (IC-MS) facility’ (2021), funded $275,000.

Additionally, Estrella has participated and led key investigative roles within a number of funded projects over the past five years, including, the ‘ARC Research Hub for processing lignocellulosic into high value products’ (2018 - 2022) - $6,607,981; ‘Speciation studies and analysis using ion chromatography and ion chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry’ (2018) - $7,066; ‘ARC Training Centre for Portable Analytical Separation Technologies’ (2014 - 2017) - $2,511,935; and ‘High-resolution analysis of ice core samples using capillary ion chromatography’ (2017-2019) - $127,648 (three of which have been substantially industry supported).

Her senior roles within these projects have involved planning, execution, interpretation and reporting of research activities, and training on hyphenated chromatography-mass spectrometry techniques to all those researchers involved on those projects who required it.

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Micro-electrofluidic platforms for monitoring 3D human biological models (2022 - 2024)$503,862
The ability to study living cells and human biological models (cell cultures) delivers greater understanding of basic biological function and response to applied (bio)chemical stimuli. Creating the physical environments to sustain biological models, and mimic natural conditions and fluidic pathways, is immensely challenging, yet essential to deliver meaningful observational data. This project will deliver this capability through the convergence of expertise and innovation in analytical chemistry, materials science and cellular biology, ultilising the latest technology and understanding of 3D micro/electrofluidics, to enable the study and stimulation of advanced biological models, sustained within precisely controlled 3D micro-environments.
Australian Research Council ($503,862)
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Paull B; Crook J; Tomaskovic-Crook E; Sanz Rodriguez ES
2022 - 2024
Grant Reference
ARC Training Centre for Hyphenated Analytical Separation Technologies (2022 - 2026)$4,958,927
The toughest analytical science challenges typically require advanced analytical technologies to acquire the desired solutions. In the field of separation science this inevitably involves hyphenated separation technologies, specifically the combination of chromatography and mass spectrometry. Advancing this technology to its full capability requires the collaborative strength of academic, industry and end-user partnerships, providing the materials and inspiration for young researchers to apply novel hyphenated methods to complex environmental and industrial systems. This Centre will deliver fundamental developments in hyphenated technologies, new analytical capability, and applied outcomes across multiple end-user groups and interests.
Australian Research Council ($4,958,927)
Grant-Industrial Transformation Training Centres
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Paull B; Thomas K; Shellie RA; Rauert C; Sanz Rodriguez ES; Gupta V; Maya Alejandro F; Haddad PR; Bowie AR; Jadhav S; Keast R; O'Brien J
2022 - 2026
Grant Reference
Quarantined ion chromatography mass spectrometry (IC-MS) facility (2021)$275,000
This proposal seeks to establish a quarantined facility for 'ion chromatography-mass spectrometry', to provide high resolution ion chromatographic and mass spectrometric analytical capability to the environmental, analytical/bioanalyical, and industrial science research communities. The state-of-the-art facility will represent theonly quarantined high-resolution IC-MS facility within Australia, and therefore not only support the above communities within Australia, but the potential to facilitate research collaboration internationally, including supporting Australia's leading Antarctic Science programs.
Australian Research Council ($275,000)
Grant-Linkage Infrastructure
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Paull B; Shabala L; Bowie AR; Smith GG; Sanz Rodriguez ES; Thomas K; Kapsa R; Crook J
Grant Reference
Development and application of new highly sensitive low volume capillary ion chromatography techniques to deliver higher resolution ice core derived paleoclimatic records (2017 - 2019)$127,648
Development and application of new highly sensitive low volume capillary ion chromatography techniques to deliver higher resolution ice core derived paleoclimatic records.
Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) ($127,648)
Grant-Australian Antarctic Science
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Paull B; Curran MAJ; Moy AD; Sanz Rodriguez ES
2017 - 2019
Creating an ice core record from Antarctic samples using Capillary-Ion Chromatography coupled mass-spectrometry (2015)$30,000
Preservation of ionic species within Antarctic ice yields a unique proxy record of the Earth's climate history. We have developed an allnew capillary-ion chromatography (CapIC) method forquantitative analysis of anions in Antarctic ice core samples. The objective of this proposed research is the extension of the above proven chromatographic methodology via coupling withmass spectrometric detection. The compatibilities between CapICand mass spectrometry should allow species identification, structural interpretation, lower detection limits and searchingfor new or alternative climate proxies which may support future climate models. The developed method will be applied to the analysis of about 150 real samples.
Ian Potter Foundation ($30,000)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Sanz Rodriguez ES; Paull B; Curran MAJ

Research Supervision




PhDMicro-electrofluidic Platforms2022
PhDBiosolvents from Cellulose: Chemical characterisation of production processes2022