Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Roland De Marco

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Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Roland De Marco



Professor Roland De Marco received his PhD in Chemistry / Physics from La Trobe University in 1992.

In 1989, he was recipient of the RACI Bloom-Guttmann award for the best paper by a young author under 30 years of age, and was awarded the 2008 RACI Lloyd Smythe Medal for excellence in research in Analytical Chemistry.

From 1990 to 1992, Professor De Marco worked as a Research Scientist at CSIRO Minerals in Melbourne undertaking research on lead/acid batteries.

He spent three years between 1992 and 1995 working as a Lecturer in Physical / Analytical Chemistry at the University of Tasmania.

In 1995, he joined Curtin University of Technology, served as its Chemistry Department Head from 2001 to 2007, and was promoted to Professor in 2006. From July 2007 to December 2009, Professor De Marco served as Dean of Research in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin University presiding over 300 teaching/research and research staff in a Faculty comprising comprehensive activities across a diverse range of disciplines, leading to his subsequent appointment as Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy) at Curtin University in 2010.

In January 2011, Professor De Marco took up the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of the Sunshine Coast and attained the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) in January 2016.

He also leads a small research team of students and staff undertaking research in the field of electrochemical surface and interface analysis and electrochemical sensors, and has procured over $7 million in competitive research funding and has published over 100 refereed publications in the field.

Research interests

  • Surface science applied to electrochemical systems
  • Synchrotron and neutron science
  • Electrochemistry
  • Electroanalytical chemistry
  • Electrochemical sensors
  • Fuel cells

Current research grants  

Year Researchers Grant Funding amount Project name


De Marco, Bakker and Pretsch

ARC Discovery


Calibration free sensing using coulometry


Jiang and De Marco

ARC Discovery


New mesoporous materials for use in high temperature proton exchange fuel cell membranes


Yanling, De Marco et al.

China NSF


Pitting corrosion of low alloy high strength steel in the marine splash zone


Radu, De Marco et al.



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Recent selected publications

1. Ion-Selective Electrodes by M.Sohail and R. De Marco. In: Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Engineering, W. Smaldon (Ed.), Amsterdam: Elsevier, in press (June 2013).

2. Phosphoric Acid Functionalized Pre-sintered Meso-Silica Disc for High Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells by J. Zheng, B. He, K. Lamb, R. De Marco, P.K.Shen, and S.P. Jiang. Chem. Commun. Vol. 49, pp. 4665-4667, 2013.

3. Transport and Accumulation of Ferrocene Tagged Poly(Vinyl Chloride) at the Buried Interfaces of Plasticized Membrane Electrodes by M. Sohail, R. De Marco, M.T. Alam, M. Pawlak and E. Bakker. Analyst. Vol. 138, pp. 4266-4269, 2013.

4. Correlation between Proton Conductivity, Thermal Stability and Structural Symmetries in Novel HPW-Meso-Silica Nanocomposite Membranes and their Performance in Direct Methanol Fuel Cells by J. Zeng, P.K. Shen, S. Lu, Y. Xiang, L. Li, R. De Marco and S.P. Jiang. J. Membrane Sci. Vol. 397-398, pp. 92-101, 2012.

5. Coulometric Sodium Chloride Removal System with Nafion Membrane for Seawater Sample Treatment by E. Grygolowicz-Pawlak, M. Sohail, M. Pawlak, B. Neel, A. Shvarev, R. De Marco and E. Bakker. Anal. Chem. Vol. 84, pp. 6158-6165, 2012.

6. Enhanced Oxygen Reduction at Pd Catalytic Nanoparticles Dispersed onto Heteropolytungstate-Assembled Poly(diallyldimethylammonium)-Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes by S.P. Jiang, D.L. Wang, C. Li, P.J. Kuleszka and R. De Marco. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. Vol. 13, pp. 4400-4410, 2011.

7. Water Uptake in the Hydrophilic Poly(3,4-Ethylenedioxythiophene): Poly(Styrene Sulfonate) Solid-Contact of All-Solid-State Polymeric Ion-Selective Electrodes by J.P. Veder, R. De Marco, G. Clarke, S.P. Jiang, K. Prince, E. Pretsch and E. Bakker. Analyst Vol. 136, pp. 3252-3258, 2011.

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