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



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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