Calum Drummond

DVC Research and Innovation and VP

RMIT University

Professor Drummond has a leadership role in the development of discovery and practice-based research and in building and enhancing capability in research and innovation across the University as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President. 

Professor Drummond was the 2015 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation recipient.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation is responsible for the Research Office, the School of Graduate Research, e-Research, RMIT Gallery, Design Archives, Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Research Capability, including the eight enabling capability platforms (ECPs).

Professor Drummond has a strong interest and passion for the commercialisation of research outcomes. He joined RMIT University in 2014 from CSIRO where he was Group Executive for Manufacturing, Materials and Minerals comprising 1300 researchers and research support staff and an annual budget of $250 million.

Immediately prior to the CSIRO Group Executive appointment, he was Chief of CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE), CSIRO’s largest division. Professor Drummond was seconded from CSIRO to be the inaugural Vice President Research at CAP-XX, an Intel portfolio company. CAP-XX develops supercapacitors for consumer electronic products. In 2006 CAP-XX listed on the London AIM.

Professor Drummond is an active researcher with interests in the area of advanced materials, including application to energy storage and biomedical products. He has authored over 250 publications including 4 invited book chapters, over 180 refereed journal papers, 12 granted patents (families) and patent application filings, and 54 major commercial-in-confidence CSIRO reports for companies. The refereed journal papers have received more than 7800 citations.

2015 Victoria Prize Recipient:

Professor Drummond is awarded the Victoria Prize for his outstanding contributions to advancing the fundamental understanding of the key factors governing molecular assembly, and particle and surface interactions in liquids. This fundamental research in chemistry has enabled the development and commercialisation of advanced high- performance materials for economic and societal benefit.

Detergents, surfactants, lipids, proteins and many macromolecules are classed as amphiphiles. Amphiphiles can utilise their molecular segmentation to self-assemble into highly-ordered structures in some liquids. These amphiphile self-assembly structures can be exploited to create advanced nanostructured materials. Professor Drummond’s research primarily revolves around addressing three questions: (a) what drives amphiphile self- assembly (investigating the hydrophobic/solvophobic effect), (b) what governs the self- assembly structures that are formed, and (c) how can amphiphile self-assembly materials be used to enhance product formulations; including drug delivery vehicles, medical imaging contrast agents, membrane protein crystallisation media, environmentally friendly off-shore oil well drilling fluids, water-proof recyclable paper coatings, household cleaning products, and specialty chemicals for the construction industry.