Researcher biography


MSc(Melb), PhD(Columbia), DSc(Hon), FRACI, FAA, FTSE, AO

Research interests

  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Structure properties and function of aqueous interfaces
  • Control of the stability and rheology of colloidal dispersions
  • Adsorption of simple and complex ions, molecules, surfactants, polymers at aqueous interfaces
  • Mineral and materials processing fundamentals

Awards and honours

  • Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship (1965)
  • Rennie Medal (1968)
  • Grimwade Prize, University of Melbourne (1974)
  • Liversidge Lecturer, ANZAAS (1985)
  • ICI (Aust) Inaugural Bicentennial RACI Lectureship (1988)
  • AE Alexander Lectureship, RACI and the University of Sydney (1991)
  • Royal Society of Victoria, Medallist (1992)
  • The Ian Wark Medal & Lecture of the Australian Academy of Science (1999)
  • Centenary of Federation Medalist (2003)
  • The Royal Australian Chemical Institute 40 year Membership Award (2003)
  • Senior Australian of the Year 2004, Victorian Finalist (2004)
  • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy 40 Year Membership Award (2005)
  • Admitted as an Officer in the order of Australia for services to science as a researcher and academic in the area of physical chemistry, and to the community through support for the activities of the Ian Potter Foundation and Philanthropy Australia (2005)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow, May-June (2006)
  • A.M.Gaudin Award of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) (2007)
  • Elected as a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering (2008)
  • Certificate of Merit Journal of Colloid & Interface Science Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Colloids and Interface Science (2008)
  • Awarded the inaugural NATURE Lifetime Achievement Award for Mentoring in Australasian Science (2009)
  • Sir Eric Rideal Medallist, a joint award of the Royal Society of Chemistry UK and the Society of Chemical Industry UK (2010)