Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Roland De Marco - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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


  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
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Sunshine Coast
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 continues research in the field of electrochemical surface and interface analysis, electrochemical sensors and energy materials, and has procured over $13.5 million in competitive research funding and has published over 130 refereed publications in the field.

Selected Board and Committee Appointments

Years Description
2016 - present Non-executive Director, Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast Pty Ltd Board
2016 - present Secretary, Queensland Synchrotron and Neutron User Committee
2016 - 2018 Chairperson, Soft X-ray Proposal Advisory Committee – Australian Synchrotron
2016 - 2018 Member, User Advisory Committee – Australian Synchrotron
2018 - present Member, AINSE Board
2018 - present Member, Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast

Research interests

  • Surface science applied to electrochemical systems
  • Synchrotron and neutron science
  • Electrochemistry
  • 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
2014 - 2018 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

2018 Kobe, De Marco, et al. ARC LIEF $3,189,000 Automated high resolution and high contrast cryoTREM for 3D structural biology
2018 - 2020 Jiang, De Marco, et al. ARC DP $564,124 Single-atom catalysts for electrochemical carbon dioxide conversion

Recent selected publications

  1. Atomically dispersed transition metals on carbon nanotubes with ultrahigh loading for selective electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction by Y. Cheng, S. Zhao, B. Johannessen, J.P. Veder, M. Saunders, M.R. Rowles, M. Cheng, C. Liu, M.F. Chisholm, R. De Marco, H.M. Cheng, S.Z. Yang and S.P. Jiang. Advanced Materials, Vol. 30, 1706287, 2018 

  2. Electron hopping between Fe 3 d states in ethynylferrocene-doped poly(methyl methacrylate)-poly(decyl methacrylate) copolymer membranes by M. Cuartero, R.G. Acres, Z. Jarolímová, E. Bakker, G.A. Crespo and R. De Marco. Electroanalysis, Vol. 30, pp. 596-601, 2018.

  3. 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.

  4. ​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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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