RMIT leading researcher receives Order of Australia Honour

RMIT leading researcher receives Order of Australia Honour

Professor Calum Drummond has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List for his outstanding service to science and innovation.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Vice-President received the appointment in recognition of distinguished service to chemistry and materials science research, commercialisation initiatives, and his exceptional contribution as a scientific leader and mentor.

Drummond’s research achievements include advancing the fundamental understanding of materials at the nanoscale that have enabled high-performing products to be developed and commercialised.

Having worked in his field for more than 30 years, Drummond said he felt humbled and honoured by the appointment.

“To be recognised as making a positive contribution to my country and to science is an absolute honour,” he said.

“I think this appointment highlights that we, as researchers, are in a privileged position to make a positive difference to our local, regional and international communities.

“I am proud to have worked with so many inspiring researchers throughout my career. I have definitely benefited from good mentors over the years, and in the spirit of passing it forward I have always been delighted when I have been able to play a role in helping others to succeed in their chosen field.”

RMIT Professor Calum Drummond, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President RMIT Professor Calum Drummond, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President

Vice-Chancellor and President Martin Bean CBE said he was delighted by the news.

“It’s tremendous that Calum has been acknowledged as one of Australia’s outstanding leaders through his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia,” he said.

“He continues to work passionately to drive benefit and impact through innovation, research, engagement and collaboration and we are very privileged to have him at RMIT.”

Career highlights

Drummond was commended for his contributions to the National Innovation System by creating direct value for many Australian companies and contributing to governance and advisory bodies.

His research has improved our understanding of molecular assembly as well as particle and surface interactions in liquids.

Drummond's research has identified many organic molecules capable of self-assembling in solvents to form materials with highly ordered 2D and 3D internal nanostructures.

Some of these materials have been used to enhance products from drug delivery vehicles to environmentally friendly off-shore oil drilling fluids, waterproof recyclable paper, household cleaning products and specialty chemicals for the construction industry.

Drummond's scientific advances have also resulted in two patented cancer drug delivery technologies.

Prior to joining RMIT University in 2014, Drummond was Group Executive for Manufacturing, Materials and Minerals at CSIRO.

In both organisations, he led major reforms to improve productivity and efficiency, support for researchers, and impact delivery.


Story: Kate Milkins


10 June 2019


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