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Annette Koo

Principal Research Scientist


Areas of expertise

  • Spectrophotometry, including regular and diffuse reflectance and transmittance
  • Comparison Analysis
  • Goniospectrophotometery, scattering distribution functions


  • PhD, Physics, 2005


Annette completed a physics PhD through Victoria University in 2005 and then spent 3 years in Melbourne as a postdoctoral fellow at CSIRO and then at Monash University doing research into catalysts for solar hydrogen generation.

In 2008 she started at MSL as a research scientist, developing expertise in the measurement of light and human perception, including design of MSL’s robot-based goniospectrophotometer and piloting the CCPR comparison of spectral transmittance.

Professional activities

  • Member of the Metrology Society of Australasia
  • Member of the CCPR and chairperson of working group task groups
  • Member of CIE technical committees


J F Clare and A Koo Evaluation of Measurement Comparisons Using Generalised Least Squares: the Role of Participants’ Estimates of Systematic Error Comm Stats: Theory and Methods 43 4297-4307 (2014).


A Koo and J F Clare On the equivalence of generalised least squares approaches to the evaluation of measurement comparisons Metrologia 49 340-348 (2012)


A Koo and J D Hamlin, Temperature and temporal dependence of neutral density transmittance standards Metrologia 49 S68-S72 (2012)


R Brimblecombe A Koo G C Dismukes G F Sweigers L Spiccia, Solar driven water oxidation by a bioinspired manganese molecular catalyst, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132 2892 (2010).


A.Koo, J.H.Clare, K.M. Nield, A. Deadman, E.Usadi, Fluorescence of ceramic colour standards, Appl. Opt. 49 2376 (2010).


R Brimblecombe A Koo G C Dismukes G F Swiegers and L Spiccia  A tandem water-splitting device based on bio-inspired manganese catalyst ChemSusChem 3 1146 – 1150 (2010)


R. Brimblecombe, M. Rotstein, A. Koo, G. Dismukes, G. Sweigers and L. Spiccia, A bio-inspired molecular water oxidation catalyst for renewable hydrogen generation: an examination of salt effects, Proc. SPIE 7408, 74080V (2009); doi:10.1117/12.824840


A. Koo, G.A. Brooks and M. Nagle, Nucleation and growth of Mg condensate during supersonic gas quenching,J. Crystal Growth 310 2659 (2008).


S. Granville, B.J. Ruck,F. Budde, A. Koo, D. Pringle, F. Kuchler, A.R.H. Preston, D.H. Housden, N. Lund, A. Bittar, G.V.M. Williams, and H.J. Trodahl, Semiconducting ground state of GdN thin films, Phys. Rev. B 73 235335 (2006).


A. Koo, F. Budde,  B.J. Ruck, H.J. Trodahl, A. Bittar, A. Preston and A. Zeinert Photoconductivity in nanocrystalline GaN and amorphous GaON, J. Appl. Phys. 99 034312 (2006).