Prof. Colin Raston

CSO and Professor of Clean Technology

Prof. Raston is the lead inventor and developer of the Vortex Fluidic Technology and has been responsible for driving the research underpinning the technology and various related collaborative research programs. Prof. Raston FRACI CChem FRSC is a South Australia Premier's Professorial Research Fellow in Clean Technology. He completed a PhD under the guidance of Professor Allan White, and after postdoctoral studies with Professor Michael Lappert at the University of Sussex, he was appointed a lecturer at The University of Western Australia (1981) then to Chairs of Chemistry at Griffith University (1988), Monash University (1995), The University of Leeds (2001), and The University of Western Australia (2003). He is a former President, Queensland Branch President, and Chair of the Inorganic Division, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. His current research covers clean technology and green chemistry, process intensification, nanotechnology and self-assembly, and is currently on the editorial advisory editorial boards of the journals Green Chemistry and RSC Advances (Royal Society of Chemistry), and on the editorial boards of Crystal Growth and Design(American Chemical Society) and Polyhedron.


Mr Mark Bruce

General Manager

Mark is an innovative manager and technology commercialisation professional who has spent the last decade commercialising innovative research and developing business opportunities with partners across eight different countries. Mark has successfully secured grants and international sales to fund research labs and spin-out companies, and has helped develop new supply chains for the South Australian State Government. Mark is committed to helping Vortex Fluidic Technologies realise its full potential to impact both the marketplace and industry.


Dr Darryl Jones

Research Manager

Dr Darryl Jones is a chemical physicist who has incorporated plasma-technologies into the Vortex Fluidic Device. Darryl completed his PhD at Flinders University (2008). He then undertook a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Post-doctoral Fellowship at Tohoku University (2008-2010). In 2010, Darryl joined the Flinders University node of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Antimatter-Matter Studies. From 2012-2015, Darryl was recipient of a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA). Darryl’s research interests include quantum chemistry, electron-driven phenomena, spectroscopy, and their applications to plasma processing.


Technical Services Unit

Production of the Vortex Fluidic Devices is currently undertaken from within the interdisciplinary and multi-talented Flinders University Technical Services Unit. This group ensures quality standards are maintained and has extensive experience in producing made-to-order bespoke devices for scientific research, organising logistical supply chains, managing device assembly and production, and testing final devices for minimum performance parameters. After the initial batch of prototypes are commissioned the Technical Service Unit's experience will be key in transferring the specifications required to enable mass production of the device.