Professor Malcolm McLeod is based at the ANU Research School of Chemistry and is Chemistry Lead for CanTEST and Pill Testing Australia.



ANU chemists make Australian-first discovery of three new recreational drugs

Three new recreational drugs that have never been reported in Australia before have been identified by chemists at Australia’s…

15 January 2024


We’ve detected a potent opioid in Canberra. Here’s what we know about it

Australia’s first government-sanctioned drug-checking service CanTEST has issued its inaugural ‘red alert’, the highest level of warning, following…

5 January 2023


The mystery of chemical X: how drug testers discovered ‘CanKet’

What happens when drug testing experts come across a substance they have never seen before? An ANU expert…

7 December 2022


ANU scientists make Australian-first detection of new drug

Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) have detected a mysterious new recreational drug not seen in Australia…

19 October 2022


We’ve been testing Canberra’s drugs. Here’s what we found

Australia’s first government pill-testing service, CanTEST Health and Drug Checking, opened in Canberra in July for a six-month…

29 August 2022


Coke light: drug tests show 40% of ‘cocaine’ had no cocaine

Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) have released results from Australia’s first government-backed pill testing service, including…

25 August 2022

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