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Biographical entry Raston, Colin Llewellyn

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Chemist

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Colin Raston is renowned for his research into clean technology and green chemistry. His work includes process intensification, nanotechnology and self assembly. He has over 600 publications and holds patents on fullerene, nanoparticles, calixarenes, carbon nanotube separation, microfluidics and surface technology. Raston was the lead inventor Vortex Fluidic Device, a machine that unravels proteins and has applications in a wide range of fields from improving the potency of anti-cancer drugs to the production of biofuels. Demonstrating that the machine could be used to 'unboil' an egg won Raston and his team an Ig Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2015.

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1981 - 1987
Career position - Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Western Australia
1988 - 1995
Career position - Professor of Chemistry, Griffith University
1991 - 1993
Career position - Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, Griffith University
1992 - 1993
Career position - President, Queensland Branch, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1993
Award - Senior Research Fellow, Australian Research Council
1994
Award - Burrows Award, Inorganic Chemistry Division, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1995 - 1996
Career position - Vice-President, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1995 - 2000
Career position - Chair, Research Committee, Department of Chemistry, Monash University
1995 - 2000
Career position - Professor of Chemistry, Monash University
1996
Career position - Chair, 17th International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, Brisbane
1996
Award - H. G. Smith Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1996 - 1997
Career position - President, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1998
Award - Senior Research Fellow, Australian Research Council
1998 - 2000
Career position - Chair, Inorganic Chemistry Division, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
2000
Career position - Established Centre for Green Chemistry, Monash University
2001 - 2002
Career position - Chair of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
2002
Award - Green Chemistry Challenge Award, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
2002 - 2006
Career position - Chair, Editorial Board, Green Chemistry
2003 - 2005
Career position - Professor of Chemistry, University of Western Australia
2005
Award - Professorial Fellowship, Australian Research Council
2005 - 2009
Career position - Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences, University of Western Australia
2006
Award - Award - Leighton Memorial Award, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
2007 - 2009
Career position - Member, College of Experts, Australian Research Council
2007 - 2012
Career position - Inaugural Director, Centre for Strategic Nano-Fabrication, University of Western Australia
2008 -
Career position - Nanoscience Expert, Nano-technology Advisory group, National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme, Australian Department of Health
2010
Award - Professorial Fellowship, Australian Research Council
2011
Award - Named Living Luminary of Australian Chemistry, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
2013 -
Career position - Professor of Chemistry, Flinders University
2013 - 2016
Career position - South Australian Premier's Professorial Fellow in Clean Technology, School of Chemistry and Physical Sciences, Flinders University
2014
Career position - Lead inventor Vortex Fluidic Device (machine that unravels proteins, implications for cancer treatment, manufacture of pharmaceuticals, production of biofuels and food processing)
2015
Award - IgNobel Prize in Chemistry (shared)
2016
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to science through seminal contributions to the field of chemistry as a researcher and academic, and to professional associations

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