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 $10 million in competitive research funding and has published over 120 refereed publications in the field.
Selected Board and Committee Appointments
|2016 - present||Non-executive Director, Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast Pty Ltd Board|
|2016 - present||Secretary, Queensland Synchrotron and Neutron User Committee|
|2016 - present||Chairperson, Soft X-ray Proposal Advisory Committee – Australian Synchrotron|
|2016 - present||Member, User Advisory Committee – Australian Synchrotron|
- Surface science applied to electrochemical systems
- Synchrotron and neutron science
- Electroanalytical chemistry
- Electrochemical sensors
- Fuel cells
Current research grants
|Years||Researchers||Grant agency||Funding Amount||Project Name|
|2015- 2017||Jiang and De Marco||ARC Discovery||$376,000||Oxide based high temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cells|
|2013-2017||Radu, De Marco et al.||EU-FP7-IRSES||$360,000||Network for sensor knowledge transfer|
|2013-2016||Yanling, De Marco
|China NSF||$492,000||Pitting corrosion of low alloy high strength steel in the marine splash zone|
|2014-2017||De Marco, Crespo and Acres||Association of European Research Facilities||$258,000||Surface studies of polymeric ion sensors|
|2017||Yu, De Marco et al.||ARC LIEF||$470,000||
Small angle X-ray scattering facility for Queensland
|2017||Clegg, De Marco, et al.||ARC LIEF||$480,000||Advanced X-ray facility for structural elucidation and photocrystallography|
Recent selected publications
- Electrochemical mechanism of ferrocene-based redox molecules in thin film membrane electrodes by M. Cuartero, R.G. Acres, J. Bradley, Z. Jarolimova, L. Wang, E. Bakker, G.A. Crespo and R. De Marco. Electrochimica Acta, Vol. 238, pp. 357-367, 2017.
- PEDOT(PSS) as solid contact for ion-selective electrodes: the influence of the PEDOT(PSS) film thickness on the equilibration times by M. Guzinski, J.M. Jarvis, F. Perez, B.D. Pendley, E. Lindner, R. De Marco, G.A. Crespo, R.G. Acres, R. Walker and J. Bishop. Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 89, pp. 3508-3516, 2017.
Evidence of double layer/capacitive charging in carbon nanomaterial-based solid contact polymeric ion-selective electrodes by M. Cuartero, J. Bishop, R. Walker, R.G. Acres, E. Bakker, R. De Marco and G.A. Crespo. Chemical Communications, Vol. 52, pp. 9703-9706, 2016.
Electrochemical ion transfer with thin films of poly(3-octylthiophene) by M. Cuartero, R.G. Acres, R. De Marco, E. Bakker and G.A. Crespo. Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 88, pp. 6939–6946, 2016.
Transportation and accumulation of redox active species at the buried interfaces of plasticized membrane electrodes by M. Sohail, A. R. De Marco, Z. Jarolímová, M. Pawlak, E. Bakker, N. He, R.M. Latonen, T. Lindfors and J. Bobacka. Langmuir, Vol. 31, pp. 10599-10609, 2015.
High activity electrocatalysts from metal-organic framework-carbon nanotube templates for the oxygen reduction reaction by L. Ge, Y. Yang, L. Wang, W. Zhou, R. De Marco, Z. Chen, J. Zou and Z. Zhu. Carbon, Vol. 82, pp. 417-424, 2015.