Professor Crawford’s research is in the area of surface and colloid science, with his early work focusing on the surface chemistry of mineral flotation and the removal of heavy metals from aqueous environments by the processes of adsorption and co-precipitation using amorphous metal hydroxide substrates. His more recent research investigates the ways in which biological organisms interact with solid substrate surfaces, particularly those used in the construction of medical implants, and in the development of methods by which these bacteria can be inactivated or prevented from attaching by altering the surface nano-topography. This research, performed in collaboration with colleague Professor Elena Ivanova, was featured in an Australian Broadcasting Commission television program 'Catalyst'.
He has been an author of more than 250 publications including 1 book, 2 edited books, 21 book chapters and over 110 refereed journal papers, which have received more than 2,400 citations.
- Witec Best Paper Award, WITec Wissenschaftliche Instrumente und Technologie, Germany (2013)
- Molecules Best Review Paper Award, Molecular Diversity Preservation International Publishers (2013)
- Swinburne University of Technology Vice Chancellor’s Award for Inclusion and Cultural Diversity (2013)
- Swinburne University of Technology Research Excellence Award (2000)
The Executive Dean of the School of Science provide academic and research leadership in the University, the College of Science, Engineering and Health, in the School of Science’s disciplines/fields, and in teaching and learning, research and involvement with relevant professional groups.
The Executive Dean of Science collaborates extensively across the College and University, representing and advocating for the RMIT mission and contributing strongly to the delivery of all key College accountabilities. The Executive Dean is directly accountable to the Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Science, Engineering and Health for the leadership, direction and management of the School.
Professor Crawford joined RMIT University in 2016 from Swinburne University of Technology where he had held the positions of Dean of Science, Dean, Faculty of Life & Social Sciences, and Head, School of Biophysical Sciences and Electrical Engineering.
Professor Crawford is a graduate of:
- The University of Melbourne (PhD, Physical Chemistry 1996)
- Swinburne (BAppSc (with Distinction) 1982
- MAppSc, Physical Chemistry 1986.
Professor Crawford is a Member of the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists (for which he is a Council Member) and the Australasian Colloid and Interface Society. He is a member of the Australian Council of Deans of Science executive, after having previously served as President for a number of years. He is also a member of the Board of Science and Technology Australia, Australia’s peak body in science and technology and an Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University of Technology.
- Truong, V.,Geeganagamage, N.,Baulin, V.,Vongsvivut, J.,Tobin, M.,Luque, P.,Crawford, R.,Ivanova, E. (2017). The susceptibility of Staphylococcus aureus CIP 65.8 and Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 9721 cells to the bactericidal action of nanostructured Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis damselfly wing surfaces In: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 101, 4683 - 4690
- Ivanova, E.,Nguyen, S.,Guo, Y.,et al, .,, . (2017). Bactericidal activity of self-assembled palmitic and stearic fatty acid crystals on highly ordered pyrolytic graphite In: Acta Biomaterialia, 59, 148 - 157
- Elbourne, A.,Crawford, R.,Ivanova, E. (2017). Nano-structured antimicrobial surfaces: From nature to synthetic analogues In: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 508, 603 - 616
- Nguyen, T.,Pham, V.,Baulin, V.,Croft, R.,Crawford, R.,Ivanova, E. (2017). The effect of a high frequency electromagnetic field in the microwave range on red blood cells In: Scientific Reports, 7, 1 - 10
- Ivanova, E.,Lopez-Perez, M.,Webb, H.,Ng, H.,Dang, T.,Zhukova, N.,Mikhailov, V.,Crawford, R.,Rodriguez-Valera, F. (2016). Thalassospira australica sp. nov. isolated from sea water In: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology, 109, 1091 - 1100
- Nguyen, T.,Pham, V.,Nguyen, S.,Baulin, V.,Croft, R.,Phillips, B.,Crawford, R.,Ivanova, E. (2016). The bioeffects resulting from prokaryotic cells and yeast being exposed to an 18 GHz electromagnetic field In: PLoS ONE, 11, 1 - 19
- Mainwaring, D.,Nguyen, S.,Webb, H.,Jakubov, T.,Tobin, M.,Lamb, R.,Wu, A.,Marchant, R.,Crawford, R.,Ivanova, E. (2016). The nature of inherent bactericidal activity: Insights from the nanotopology of three species of dragonfly In: Nanoscale, 8, 6527 - 6534
- Wang, X.,Bhadra, C.,Dang, T.,Buividas, R.,Wang, J.,Crawford, R.,Ivanova, E.,Juodkazis, S. (2016). A bactericidal microfluidic device constructed using nano-textured black silicon In: RSC Advances, 6, 26300 - 26306
- Nguyen, D.,Pham, V.,Kobaisi, M.,Bhadra, C.,, . (2016). Adsorption of human plasma albumin and fibronectin onto nanostructured black silicon surfaces In: Langmuir, 32, 10744 - 10751
- Truong, V.,Stefanovic, M.,MacLaughlin, S.,Tobin, M.,Vongsvivut, J.,Kobaisi, M.,Crawford, R.,Ivanova, E. (2016). The evolution of silica nanoparticle-polyester coatings on surfaces exposed to sunlight In: Journal of Visualized Experiments, 2016, 1 - 10
- Integrated victorian x-ray structural determination and materials characterisation facility. Funded by: ARC RIEF Program 2001 from (2001 to 2001)