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Professor Steven Langford

Dean, Research and Development


Professor Langford joined Swinburne in October 2017 as Dean, Research and Development.  Previous to this, he held Faculty executive appointments at Monash University including Deputy Dean (2009-2012); Associate Dean (Research) (2008-2011); Head, School of Chemistry (2010-June 2015); Director, Green Chemical Futures (2012-September 2015); Associate Dean (International) (May 2015-Oct 2017), and Head School of Sciences in Malaysia (July 2015-Oct 2017).  He is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course, 2013, the Warwick International Program in Leadership and Management in Higher Education, Warwick University, 2012 and High Potentials Leadership Program Harvard University, 2011.  He is an alumni of The University of Sydney where he undertook both a BSc with first class Honours (1985-1989) and a PhD (1990-1994) in molecular device development.

Post PhD he held prestigious fellowships including the Ramsay Memorial Fellowship, working with the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry recipient Sir Fraser Stoddart, and an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship at UNSW with Prof Mike Paddon-Row.  Steven has over 175 publications with more than 6200 citations and an h-index of 42; has been awarded over $16M in research grants; and has successfully supervised 24 PhD students and 2 Masters students to completion. Professor Langford is the recipient of numerous national and international awards across research and teaching, including a Carrick Citation in 2006 and the RACI Centenary of Federation Teaching Award, and is also co-author of an international textbook "Chemistry – The Central Science”, now in its 3rd edition. Professor Langford sat on the board of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute as Hon. Gen. Treasurer (2014-2018), and Mater Christi College in Belgrave (2013-2021), and was a member of the working group that delivered the 2016 AAS Decadal Plan for Chemistry. He has sat on a number of scientific advisory boards and management committees, including the $20M Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy. His reputation has led to a number of visiting Fellowships and acts as an external advisor/reviewer in Universities throughout Australia, Asia and Europe.  He currenlty is a member of the Australian Academy of Sciences National Committee for Chemistry.

Professor Langford's research focuses on adapting Natures concepts of self-assembly and self-organisation processes to produce thermodynamically stable structures within a series of simple molecular building blocks, namely porphyrins, naphthalene diimides and peptide nucleic acids to form functioning systems using a non-covalent approach. His group attempts to mimic macroscopic function at the nanometer scale. A number of recent examples from his laboratory are based around energy transduction devices, photosynthetic mimics, molecular based logic and switching devices, fluorescent rotors, light harvesting systems, sensors, containers and antisense therapeutics.

Research interests

Photovoltaics; Neuroscience; Biotechnology; Materials Science; Nanobiotechnology; Neuroscience

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Organic Chemistry - 340500
  • Optical Properties Of Materials - 340304
  • Sensor Technology (incl. Chemical Aspects) - 340108

Teaching areas



Also published as: Langford, Steven; Langford, S.; J. Langford, Steven; Langford, S. J.; Langford, Steven J.; Langford, Steven James
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: Surface Functionalization of Ceramic Alumina Abrasive *; Innovative Manufacturing CRC
  • 2017: Bespoke rylene diimides for fundamental and applied photophysics *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2017: Utilising anisotropic thermal expansion in organic semiconductor thin films *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator

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