PROF Ray Dagastine

PROF Ray Dagastine


  • Atomic Force Microscopy and surface characterization
  • Brownian Dynamics of Particles
  • Chemical Product Formulation
  • Colloidal and Interfacial Phenomena (Soft Matter, Drops & Bubbles, Surface Forces, Emulsions & Foams, Product Formulation, AFM, Nanomechanics, Anisotropic Particle Diffusion, Scattering)
  • Emulsions and Foams
  • Micro-Cantilever fabrication



  • 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



Member of

  • American Chemical Society, Colloids Division. Member 2014 -
  • Australasian Colloid and Interface Society. Board of Directors (2015-2017) and Member 2013 -
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers. Associate Member 2004 -
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Member 1995 -


Selected publications


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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

  • PhD, Carnegie Mellon University 2002
  • B Che, University of Delaware 1997

Awards and honors

  • Certificate of Excellence for Most Engaged Research Group, Dairy Innovation Australia Limited (DIAL) Awards, 2012
  • ARC Future Fellowship 2010-2013, Australian Research Council (ARC), 2010
  • Australian Fresh Scientist, Fresh Science, 2006
  • International Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2002-04), US National Science Foundation, 2002
  • Shell Graduate Fellow (1997-2002), Shell, 1997
  • Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE), SAMPE, 1997
  • National Merit Undergraduate Scholarship, 1993



Available for supervision

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