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.
- Elbourne, A.,Chapman, J.,Gelmi, A.,Cozzolino, D.,Crawford, R.,Truong, V. (2019). Bacterial-nanostructure interactions: The role of cell elasticity and adhesion forces In: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 546, 192 - 210
- Elbourne, A.,Truong, V.,Cheeseman, S.,Rajapaksha Pathirannahalage, P.,Gangadoo, S.,Chapman, J.,Crawford, R. (2019). The use of nanomaterials for the mitigation of pathogenic biofilm formation In: Nanotechnology, Methods in Microbiology, Academic Press, United States
- Perera, P.,Appadoo, D.,Cheeseman, S.,Wandiyanto, J.,Linklater, D.,Dekiwadia, C.,Truong, V.,Tobin, M.,Vongsvivut, J.,Bazaka, O.,Bazaka, K.,Croft, R.,Ivanova, E.,Crawford, R. (2019). PC 12 pheochromocytoma cell response to super high frequency terahertz radiation from synchrotron source In: Cancers, 11, 1 - 17
- Rifai, A.,Tran, N.,Lau, D.,Elbourne, A.,Zhan, H.,Stacey, A.,Mayes, E.,Sarker, A.,Ivanova, E.,Crawford, R.,Tran, P.,Gibson, B.,Greentree, A.,Pirogova, E.,Fox, K. (2018). Polycrystalline Diamond Coating of Additively Manufactured Titanium for Biomedical Applications In: ACS applied materials and interfaces, 10, 8474 - 8484
- Nguyen, D.,Pham, V.,Truong, V.,Sbarski, I.,Wang, J.,Balcytis, A.,Juodkazis, S.,Mainwaring, D.,Crawford, R.,Ivanova, E. (2018). Role of topological scale in the differential fouling of: Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus bacterial cells on wrinkled gold-coated polystyrene surfaces In: Nanoscale, 10, 5089 - 5096
- Cheeseman, S.,Owen, S.,Truong, V.,Meyer, D.,Ng, S.,Vongsvivut, J.,Linklater, D.,Tobin, M.,Werner, M.,Baulin, V.,Luque, P.,Marchant, R.,Juodkazis, S.,Crawford, R.,Ivanova, E. (2018). Pillars of life: is there a relationship between lifestyle factors and the surface characteristics of dragonfly wings? In: ACS Omega, 3, 6039 - 6046
- Bhadra, C.,Werner, M.,Baulin, V.,Truong, V.,Kobaisi, M.,Nguyen, S.,Balcytis, A.,Juodkazis, S.,Wang, J.,Mainwaring, D.,Crawford, R.,Ivanova, E. (2018). Subtle Variations in Surface Properties of Black Silicon Surfaces Influence the Degree of Bactericidal Efficiency In: Nano-Micro Letters, 10, 1 - 8
- Truong, V.,Vongsvivut, J.,Geeganagamage, N.,Tobin, M.,Luque, P.,Baulin, V.,Werner, M.,Maclaughlin, S.,Crawford, R.,Ivanova, E. (2018). Study of melanin localization in the mature male Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis damselfly wings In: Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 25, 874 - 877
- Wandiyanto, J.,Linklater, D.,Perera, P.,Orlowska, A.,Truong, V.,Thissen, H.,Ghanaati, S.,Baulin, V.,Crawford, R.,Juodkazis, S.,Ivanova, E. (2018). Pheochromocytoma (PC12) cell response on mechanobactericidal titanium surfaces In: Materials, 11, 1 - 13
- Perera, P.,Nguyen, T.,Dekiwadia, C.,Wandiyanto, J.,Sbarski, I.,Bazaka, O.,Bazaka, K.,Crawford, R.,Croft, R.,Ivanova, E. (2018). Exposure to high-frequency electromagnetic field triggers rapid uptake of large nanosphere clusters by pheochromocytoma cells In: International Journal of Nanomedicine, 13, 8429 - 8442
- (Project 6) Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (administered by Swinburne Uni). Funded by: ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre via other University Grant 2019 from (2019 to 2024)
- (Project 7) Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (administered by Swinburne Uni). Funded by: ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre via other University Grant 2019 from (2019 to 2024)
- Developing Magneto-Responsive Liquid Metal Nanoparticles for the Treatment of Bacterial Biofilms to combat infections. Funded by: CASS Foundation - grant from (2019 to 2020)
- Integrated victorian x-ray structural determination and materials characterisation facility. Funded by: ARC RIEF Program 2001 from (2001 to 2001)