Rico completed his undergraduate studies at Bristol University in the UK. After a brief period working as a research associate in inorganic synthesis, he returned to physical chemistry at Bristol to complete his PhD, under the supervision of Julian Eastoe, Terence Cosgrove and Peter Dowding.
In 2009, Rico came to Australia as a post-doc, initially at the University of Melbourne, where he worked on unravelling the problems of dynamic and fundamental forces in deformable droplet and bubble systems. In July 2012, he started as a lecturer in physical chemistry at Monash University.
Our research focuses on colloid and surface science. We seek to uncover the interplay between the fundamental forces and interactions that drive assembly at nanometre scales. Specific interests include novel stabilisers, with particular focus on responsive molecules, self-assembled and liquid crystalline phases and new methods for measuring fundamental forces. We make extensive use of atomic force microscopy (AFM), small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), tensiometry and other techniques.
R. F. Tabor, F. Grieser, R. R. Dagastine and D. Y. C. Chan, Measurement and analysis of forces in bubble and droplet systems using AFM. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science371 (2012) 1-14
R. F. Tabor, H. Lockie, D. Mair, R. Manica, D. Y. C. Chan, F. Grieser and R. R. Dagastine; Combined AFM-confocal microscopy of oil droplets: absolute separations and forces in nano-films. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters2 (2011) 961-965
R. F. Tabor, D. Y. C. Chan, F. Grieser and R. R. Dagastine, Anomalous stability of CO2 in pH-controlled bubble coalescence. Angewandte Chemie International Edition50 (2011) 3454-3456
R. F. Tabor, R. Manica, D. Y. C. Chan, F. Grieser and R. R. Dagastine, Repulsive van der Waals forces in soft matter: why bubbles do not stick to walls. Physical Review Letters, 106 (2011) 064501
R. F. Tabor, J. Eastoe and P. Dowding, A two-step model for surfactant adsorption at solid surfaces. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science346 (2010) 424–428
R. F. Tabor, R. J. Oakley, J. Eastoe, C. F. J. Faul, I. Grillo and R. K. Heenan, Reversible light-induced critical separation. Soft Matter5 (2009) 78-80
R. F. Tabor, J. Eastoe, P. J. Dowding, I. Grillo, R. K. Heenan, M. Hollamby, Formation of surfactant-stabilized silica organosols. Langmuir24 (2008) 12793-12797