Professor Ray Dagastine leads a research group in interfacial phenomena focused on the interactions between drops, bubbles and particles that control soft matter in the Dept of Chemical Engineering in the Melbourne School of Engineering.
During his appointment of the University of Melbourne Professor Dagastine has been an ARC Future Fellow (2010 - 2014) and a Senior Technology Fellow at the Melbourne Centre of Nanofabrication (2012 - 2015).
Dagastine is also the initiative chair of the Materials Research Hallmark Initiative at the University of Melbourne and is the academic leader of a the Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform .
His research interests are in the area of particulate and droplet interfacial phenomena, emulsion stability and deformable surfaces. He is a leading researcher in developing experimental methods and theoretical analytical tools to study interaction forces between deformable liquid-liquid interfaces using both optical techniques and atomic force microscopy.
He also has research interests in structure in complex fluids, non-equilibrium surface forces, and protein interactions and nanomechanical properties of capsules and micro-particles.
More information about his group can be found at chemical.eng.unimelb.edu.au/dagastine/.
(Industrial Transformation Research Hubs)
awarded by AUST RESEARCH COUNCIL
Additional Grant Information
2011: R. Dagastine and R. Wetherbee, 'Synthetic mimics for bio-film adhesion: Unifying concepts on a molecular scale', Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Melbourne Materials Institute (MMI), University of Melbourne, $35K
2010-2013: R. Dagastine, ARC Future Fellow, awarded by the Australian Research Council, $886,400 (ARC funding $686,400 and School funding $200,000)
2006: R. Dagastine, 'Visualizing the water uptake and growth of aerosol particles on multiple length scales', Joint Research Project, University of Melbourne, $14K
2002-2004: US National Science Foundation International Research Fellow, The Particulate Fluids Processing Centre, University of Melbourne
Education and training
Carnegie Mellon University 2002
University of Delaware 1997
Awards and honors
Certificate of Excellence for Most Engaged Research Group, Dairy Innovation Australia Limited (DIAL) Awards,
ARC Future Fellowship 2010-2013, Australian Research Council (ARC),
Australian Fresh Scientist, Fresh Science,
International Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2002-04), US National Science Foundation,
Shell Graduate Fellow (1997-2002), Shell,
Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE), SAMPE,