Professor Thomas W. Healy

MSc(Melb), PhD(Columbia), DSc(Hon) Melb, LLD(Hon) Melb, FRACI, FAA, FTSE, Foreign Associate of the US Academy of Engineering, AO
Chair, Science Board
Phone Number
61 417 134 430
Fax Number
61 3 8344 6233
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Office Location
Rm 1.20, Bldg 167
Curriculum Vitae
Curriculum Vitae

Tom Healy

Research Interests

  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Structure properties and function of aqueous interfaces
  • Control of the stability and rheology of colloidal dispersions
  • Adsorption of simple and complex ions, molecules, surfactants, polymers at aqueous interfaces
  • Mineral and materials processing fundamentals.

Selected Publications

S B Johnson, G E Brown Jnr, T W Healy and P J Scales, "Adsorption of organic matter at mineral/water interfaces VI effect of inner-sphere versus outer-sphere adsorption of colloid stability", Langmuir 21(14): 6356-6365 (2005)

D Y C Chan, T W Healy, T Supasiti and S Usui, "Electrical double layer interactions between dissimilar oxide surfaces with charge regulation and Stern-Grahame layers", J. Colloid & Interface Sci. 296: 150-158 (2006)

T W Healy and D W Fuerstenau, "The Isoelectric Point/point-of-zero-charge of interfaces formed by aqueous solutions and nonpolar solids, liquids and gases", J.Colloid & Interface Sci. 309: 183-188 (2007)

I M Metcalfe and T W Healy, "The electrokinetic properties of colloidal magnetic iron oxides", Langmuir 28 (20): 7897-7903 (2012)

T W Healy and P J Scales, "The oxide-water interface: How valid is the site dissociation-surface equilibria model?", Chem. Lett. 41: 1020-1022 (2012)

C E McNamee, M Kappl, H -J Butt, H Nguyen, S Sato, K Graf and T W Healy, "Effect of the degree of dissociation of molecules in a monolayer at an air/water interface on the force between the monolayer and a like-charged particle in the subphase", J. Phys. Chem. B 116: 13731-13738 (2012)

C Fong, T Greaves, T W Healy , C J Drummond, "The effect of structural modifications on the solution and interfacial properties of straight and branched aliphatic alcohols: The role of hydrophovic effects". Submitted to J. Colloid & Interface Sci. 449: 364-372 (2015)

A M Lamb,  F Grieser, T W Healy, “The adsorption of uranium (IV) onto colloidal TiO2, SiO2 and Carbon Black”, Colloids & Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 499: 156-162 (2016)