One scientist’s journey in advanced materials and product development in Australia

July 09, 2018
Professor Calum John Drummond FTSE accepting the Ian Wark Medal

The contributions to Australian science and industry by the late Sir Ian William Wark CMG CBE FAA FTSE were commemorated this month with the Australian Academy of Science’s Ian Wark Medal and Lecture.

The award was inaugurated in 1987, two years after Sir Ian’s death, and was created by the Academy through a legacy received from Sir Ian and donations by his friends. It recognises research which contributes to the prosperity of Australia through the advancement of scientific knowledge and its application.

This year the Ian Wark Medal was awarded to Professor Calum John Drummond FTSE, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation at RMIT University.

Professor Calum Drummond has made outstanding contributions to advancing the fundamental understanding of the key factors governing molecular assembly, and particle and surface interactions in liquids.

A hallmark of his research has been the use of sophisticated high-throughput preparation and characterisation techniques to fast track the creation of materials, and the determination of the structure and properties of materials, at the nanoscale.

This fundamental research in chemistry has enabled the development and commercialisation of advanced high-performance materials for economic and societal benefit. The materials have been applied in diverse areas including energy storage, medical therapy and diagnosis, household consumer and industrial large-scale uses.

Seventy-five people attended the presentation dinner in Melbourne to hear Professor Drummond’s lecture titled: ‘One scientist’s journey in advanced materials and product development in Australia.’

Watch a video about Professor Drummond's award

More information about the Ian Wark award

Nominations will be open in early 2019 for the 2020 award.

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