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Prof Maria Forsyth

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Position

Alfred Deakin Professor

Faculty

Instit for Frontier Materials

Department

Instit for Frontier Materials

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

maria.forsyth@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46821

Biography summary

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, Australia, 1989.

Current:

• Australian Academy of Science Fellow
• Australian Laureate Fellow
• Chair of Electromaterials and Corrosion Science, Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)
• Associate Director Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM), Deakin University
• Associate Director ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES)
• Alfred Deakin Professor

Career highlights

2017 - International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) Fellow
2017 - Member of the Advisory Board of Electrochimica Acta Journal for three years
2016 - Senior Editor, The Journal of Physical Chemistry, American Chemical Society
2015-  Deakin University Vice Chancellor Award for Excellence in Research Supervision
2015 - Fellow of Australian Academy of Science
2014 - Present-  Deputy Director Institute for Frontier Materials, IFM, Deakin University
2012 - Alfred Deakin Professor
2011 - Australian Laureate Fellow
2010 - Present: Chair of Electromaterials & Corrosion Science, Deakin University
2005 - Present: Associate Director of ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES)
2003 - 2010: Professorial Fellow (Level E), Monash University.
2003 - 2010: Department of Materials Engineering Monash University, Clayton
1996 - 2001: Senior Lecturer, School of Physics and Materials Engineering, Monash University, Clayton
1993 - 1995: Lecturer School of Physics and Materials Engineering, Monash University, Clayton
1998 - CSIRO Manufacturing Science and Technology,
1994 - Visiting Researcher and Senior Fellow of Rutherford College, Department of Physics, University of Kent, UK,
1991-1993 -  Research Scientist, Materials Research Laboratories, DSTO, Melbourne
1990-1991 - Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry and Materials Research Center, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA,

Research interests

Professor Maria Forsyth (FAA) is an Australian Laureate Fellow, an Alfred Deakin Professorial Fellow at Deakin University.  She is the Associate Director in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials Science (ACES) and Deputy Director of the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) at Deakin University in Australia.  Specifically, her work has focused on understanding the phenomenon of charge transport at metal/electrolyte interfaces and within novel electrolyte materials.  Such materials have included a range of novel ionic liquids, polymer electrolytes and plastic crystals.   NMR techniques have featured strongly in Professor Forsyth’s research where she has applied pulsed field gradient NMR to measure diffusion of ionic species in electrolytes, variable temperature solid state wide line NMR and MAS to investigate structure and dynamics in solids and, most recently, NMR imaging of electrochemical processes.   She leads collaborative projects in lithium and sodium battery technologies funded through recent Australian Research Council grants.  Her team collaborates very productively with colleagues within academia, CSIRO, DSTO as well as industry to design new materials and processes to control and optimise these phenomena in two key areas - corrosion (e.g. Corrosion Science 2006, Surface and Coatings Technology, 2007) and electrochemical devices (eg., Nature 1999, Science 2002, Science 2008, Journal of Applied Electrochemistry 2008).  Specifically, her work has focused on understanding the phenomenon of charge transport at metal/electrolyte interfaces and within novel electrolyte materials.  Such materials have included a range of novel ionic liquids, polymer electrolytes and plastic crystals.   Professor Forsyth is a co-author of over 450 journal and conference publications attracted more then 17000 citations with hi-index of 71.  She has delivered more than 25 invited and plenary talks in the past 5 years.

Conferences

Prof. Maria Forsyth will be attending the following conference this year:

SSI-21 Conference_ Padua Italy 18th -23rd June
http://www.chimica.unipd.it/ssi21/

Vitoria-Gasteiz conference, Spain 5th -7th July
http://38gerseq.cicenergigune.com/

Summer School in Bordeaux, 10th -12th July
http://www.u-bordeaux.com/Education/International-Study-Offer/Summer-schools

8th IDMRCS conference in Wisla Poland, 23rd -28th July
http://www.idmrcs8.us.edu.pl/

ASMCS , Stockholm Sweden 24th -26th  OCT
http://www.asmcs.se/

Australasian Corrosion Association
ACA conference Sydney AUS 14 NOV

Awards


2017 - International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) Fellow
2016 - Galileo Galilei Award at the International Symposium on Polymer Electrolytes (ISPE-16), Uppsala, Sweden
2015 - Deakin University Vice Chancellor Award for Excellence in Research Supervision

2014: Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Metallurgy and Materials in College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. University of Birmingham, United Kingdom (2008-2015)
2013 - Corrosion Medal, The Australasian Corrosion Association Inc
2013 - Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, Finalist 2013
2009 - Monash Unviersity Vice Chancellor Award for Special Commendation Postgrad supervision
2008 -  Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Metallurgy and Materials in College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. University of Birmingham, United Kingdom (2008-2017)
2005 - Monash University, Faculty of Engineering Deans’ Award for Excellence in Research,
2002 - ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship, 2003-2007

Publications

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2017

Probing corrosion initiation at interfacial nanostructures of AA2024-T3

Mr Reza Parvizi, Tony Hughes, Prof Mike Yongjun Tan, Dr Ross Marceau, Prof Maria Forsyth, Dr Pavel Cizek

(2017), Vol. 116, pp. 98-109, Corrosion science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Highly reversible oxygen to superoxide redox reaction in a sodium-containing ionic liquid

Dr Cristina Pozo-Gonzalo, A/Prof Patrick Howlett, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2017), Vol. 74, pp. 14-18, Electrochemistry communications, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Mixed phase solid-state plastic crystal electrolytes based on a phosphonium cation for sodium devices

Mrs Faezeh Makhlooghiazad, Mr Daniel Gunzelmann, Dr Matthias Hilder, A/Prof Patrick Howlett, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2017), Vol. 7, pp. 1-9, Advanced energy materials, Weinheim, Germany, C1

journal
2016

Reduction of oxygen in a trialkoxy ammonium-based ionic liquid and the role of water

Dr Cristina Pozo-Gonzalo, Mega Kar, Dr Erlendur Jonsson, A/Prof Patrick Howlett, Prof Douglas Robert MacFarlane, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2016), Vol. 196, pp. 727-734, Electrochimica acta, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

New insights into ordering and dynamics in organic ionic plastic crystal electrolytes

Prof Maria Forsyth, Dr Fangfang Chen, Dr Luke O'Dell, Dr Konstantin Romanenko

(2016), Vol. 288, pp. 160-166, Solid state ionics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Novel Na+ Ion diffusion mechanism in mixed organic-inorganic ionic liquid electrolyte leading to high Na+ transference number and stable, high rate electrochemical cycling of sodium cells

Prof Maria Forsyth, Hyungook Yoon, Dr Fangfang Chen, Dr Haijin Zhu, Prof Douglas Robert MacFarlane, Prof Michel Armand, A/Prof Patrick Howlett

(2016), Vol. 120, pp. 4276-4286, Journal of physical chemistry C, Washington, D.C., C1

journal

Polymer architecture effect on sodium ion transport in PSTFSI-based ionomers: a molecular dynamics study

Mr Xingyu Chen, Dr Fangfang Chen, Ming Liu, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2016), Vol. 288, pp. 271-276, Solid state ionics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Addition of low concentrations of an ionic liquid to a base oil reduces friction over multiple length scales: a combined nano- and macrotribology investigation

Hua Li, Dr Anthony Somers, A/Prof Patrick Howlett, Mark Rutland, Prof Maria Forsyth, Robert C. Atkins

(2016), Vol. 18, pp. 6541-6547, Physical chemistry chemical physics, London, Eng., C1

journal

Synergistic corrosion inhibition of mild steel in aqueous chloride solutions by an imidazolinium carboxylate salt

Alison Chong, Prof Douglas Robert MacFarlane, Prof Maria Forsyth, Dr Anthony Somers

(2016), Vol. 4, pp. 1746-1755, ACS sustainable chemistry and engineering, Washington, D.C., C1

journal

N7-(carboxymethyl)guanine-lithium crystalline complex: a bioinspired solid electrolyte

Dipak Dutta, N Nagapradeep, Dr Haijin Zhu, Prof Maria Forsyth, Sandeep Verma, Aninda Bhattacharyya

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 1-9, Scientific reports, London, Eng., C1

journal

Enhancement of ‘dry’ proton conductivity by self-assembled nanochannels in all-solid polyelectrolytes

Azhar Hussein Shah, Jaiye Li, Dr Helen Yang, Usman Ali Rana, Dr Ranganathan Vijayaraghavan, Humaira Siddigi, Prof Douglas Robert MacFarlane, Prof Maria Forsyth, Dr Haijin Zhu

(2016), Vol. 4, pp. 7615-7623, Journal of material chemistry A, London, Eng., C1

journal

Unexpected effect of tetraglyme plasticizer on lithium ion dynamics in PAMPS based ionomers

Ms Yogita Vijaykumar Oza, Prof Douglas Robert MacFarlane, Prof Maria Forsyth, Dr Luke O'Dell

(2016), Vol. 18, pp. 19011-19019, Physical chemistry chemical physics, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal

Elucidation of transport mechanism and enhanced alkali ion transference numbers in mixed alkali metal-organic ionic molten salts

Dr Fangfang Chen, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2016), Vol. 18, pp. 19336-19344, Physical chemistry chemical physics, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal

Physicochemical characterization of a new family of small alkyl phosphonium imide ionic liquids

Dr Matthias Hilder, Mr Gaetan Girard, K Whitbread, S Zavorine, M Moser, D Nucciarone, Prof Maria Forsyth, Prof Douglas Robert MacFarlane, A/Prof Patrick Howlett

(2016), Vol. 202, pp. 100-109, Electrochimica acta, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

In situ MRI of operating solid-state Lithium metal cells based on ionic plastic crystal electrolytes

Dr Konstantin Romanenko, Mr Liyu Jin, A/Prof Patrick Howlett, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2016), Vol. 28, pp. 2844-2851, Chemistry of materials, Washington, D.C., C1

journal

Ionic liquid electrolytes for reversible magnesium electrochemistry

Mega Kar, Zheng Ma, Luis Miguel Azofra, Kun Chen, Prof Maria Forsyth, Prof Douglas Robert MacFarlane

(2016), Vol. 52, pp. 4033-4036, Chemical communications, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal

The effect of treatment time on the ionic liquid surface film formation: promising surface coating for Mg alloy AZ31

Miss Yafei Zhang, Xiao Liu, Sina S Jamalia, Adj/Prof Bruce Hinton, A/Prof Simon Edward Moulton, Prof Gordon George Wallace, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2016), Vol. 296, pp. 192-202, Surface and coatings technology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Exceptional durability enhancement of PA/PBI based polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells for high temperature operation at 200°C

David Aili, Dr Jin Zhang, Mark Dalsgaard Jakobsen, Dr Haijin Zhu, Dr Tianyu Yang, Prof Maria Forsyth, Chao Pan, Jens Oluf Jensen, Lars N. Cleemann, San P. Jiang, Qingfeng Li

(2016), Vol. 4, pp. 4019-4024, Journal of materials chemistry A, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

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Communication - an approach to measuring local electrochemical impedance for monitoring cathodic disbondment of coatings

Ms Fari Mahdavi, Prof Mike Yongjun Tan, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2016), Vol. 163, pp. C228-C231, Journal of the electrochemical society, Pennington, N.J., C1

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Highly conductive and thermally stable ion gels with tunable anisotropy and modulus

Ying Wang, Ying Chen, Jianwei Gao, Mr Hyun Yoon, Mr Liyu Jin, Prof Maria Forsyth, Theo J. Dingemans, Louis A Madsen

(2016), Vol. 28, pp. 2571-2578, Advance materials, London, Eng., C1

journal

A single cation or anion dendrimer-based liquid electrolyte

Sudeshna Sen, Rudresha B. Jayappa, Dr Haijin Zhu, Prof Maria Forsyth, Aninda Bhattacharyya

(2016), Vol. 7, pp. 3390-3398, Chemical science, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal

Enhancement of ion dynamics in organic ionic plastic crystal/PVDF composite electrolytes prepared by co-electrospinning

Dr Xiaoen Wang, Dr Haijin Zhu, Dr Wren Greene, Jiaye Li, Ms Nahid Irani Pour, Ms Celia Garnier, Dr Jian Fang, Prof Michel Armand, Prof Maria Forsyth, Jennifer Pringle, A/Prof Patrick Howlett

(2016), Vol. 4, pp. 9873-9880, Journal of materials chemistry A, Cambridge, Eng., C1

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Study of lithium conducting single ion conductor based on polystyrene sulfonate for lithium battery application

Ms Shubha Nageswaran, Dr Haijin Zhu, Prof Maria Forsyth, Madhavi Srinivasan

(2016), Vol. 99, pp. 748-755, Polymer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Investigating effects of potential excursions and pH variations on cathodic protection using new electrochemical testing cells

Mr Ying Huo, Prof Mike Yongjun Tan, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2016), Vol. 51, pp. 171-178, Corrosion engineering, science and technology, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Investigating non-fluorinated anions for sodium battery electrolytes based on ionic liquids

Dr Andrew Basile, Hyungook Yoon, D. R. MacFarlane, Prof Maria Forsyth, A/Prof Patrick Howlett

(2016), Vol. 71, pp. 48-51, Electrochemistry communications, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Film formation in trihexyl(tetradecyl)phosphonium diphenylphosphate ([P6,6,6,14][dpp]) ionic liquid on AA5083 aluminium alloy

Dr Peipei Huang, Dr Anthony Somers, A/Prof Patrick Howlett, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2016), Vol. 303, pp. 385-395, Surface and coatings technology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Occurrence of anodic current and corrosion of steel in aqueous media under fluctuating cathodic protection potentials

R. K. Gupta, Prof Mike Yongjun Tan, J. Esquivel, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2016), Vol. 72, pp. 1243-1251, Corrosion: the journal of sicence and engineering, Houston, Tex., C1

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Amino-functionalized mesoporous silica based polyethersulfone-polyvinylpyrrolidone composite membranes for elevated temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cells

Dr Jin Zhang, Shanfu Lu, Dr Haijin Zhu, Kongfa Chen, Yang Xiang, Jian Liu, Prof Maria Forsyth, San Ping Jiang

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 86575-86585, RSC advances, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal

A novel class of gas separation membrane based on organic ionic plastic crystals

Jonathan McDonald, Douglas R. MacFarlane,, Prof Maria Forsyth, A/Prof Jenny Pringle

(2016), Vol. 52, pp. 12940-12943, Chemical communications, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal

In situ measurement of pipeline coating integrity and corrosion resistance losses under simulated mechanical strains and cathodic protection

Ms Shyama Deepak Ranade, Prof Maria Forsyth, Prof Mike Yongjun Tan

(2016), Vol. 101, pp. 111-121, Progress in organic coatings, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Stable zinc cycling in novel alkoxy-ammonium based ionic liquid electrolytes

Mega Kar, Bjorn Winther-Jensen, Prof Michel Armand, Mr Tristan Simons, Orawan Winther-Jensen, Prof Maria Forsyth, Prof Douglas Robert MacFarlane

(2016), Vol. 188, pp. 461-471, Electrochimica Acta, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Ion dynamics in a mixed-cation alkoxy-ammonium ionic liquid electrolyte for sodium device applications

Mr Cameron Pope, Mega Kar, Prof Douglas Robert MacFarlane, Prof Michel Armand, Prof Maria Forsyth, Luke A. O`Dell

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 3187-3195, Chemphyschem, London, Eng., C1

journal

Recent developments in environment-friendly corrosion inhibitors for mild steel

Dr Anthony Somers, Glen B. Deacon, Adj/Prof Bruce Hinton, Prof Douglas Robert MacFarlane, Peter C. Junk, Prof Mike Yongjun Tan, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2016), Vol. 96, pp. 285-292, Journal of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, C1

journal

Stable deep doping of vapor-phase polymerized poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/ionic liquid supercapacitors

Christoffer Karlsson, James Nicholas, Drew Evans, Prof Maria Forsyth, Maria Stromme, Martin Sjodin, A/Prof Patrick Howlett, Dr Cristina Pozo-Gonzalo

(2016), Vol. 9, pp. 2112-2121, ChemSusChem, Weinheim, Germany, C1

journal

Inorganic-organic ionic liquid electrolytes enabling high energy-density metal electrodes for energy storage

Prof Maria Forsyth, Dr Gaetan Girard, Dr Andrew Basile, Dr Matthias Hilder, Dr Fangfang Chen, A/Prof Patrick Howlett

(2016), Vol. 220, pp. 609-617, Electrochimica acta, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Protic organic ionic plastic crystals based on a difunctional cation and the triflate anion: a new solid-state proton conductor

Ms Jun Rao, Dr Fangfang Chen, Dr Haijin Zhu, A/Prof Patrick Howlett, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2016), Vol. 52, pp. 14097-14100, Chemical communications, London, Eng., C1

journal

Amino-functionalized mesoporous silica based polyethersulfone-polyvinylpyrrolidone composite membrane for elevated temperature fuel cells

Dr Haijin Zhu, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2016), Vol. 75, pp. 581-588, ECS transactions, Pennington, N.J., C1

journal

A cytocompatible robust hybrid conducting polymer hydrogel for use in a magnesium battery

Prof Maria Forsyth

(2016), Vol. 28, pp. 9349-9355, Advanced materials, Weinheim, Germany, C1

journal
2015

Effect of zwitterions on electrochemical properties of oligoether-based electrolytes

Mitsutake Suematsu, Masahiro Yoshizawa-Fujita, Dr Haijin Zhu, Prof Maria Forsyth, Takeoka Yuko, Masahiro Rikukawa

(2015), Vol. 175, pp. 209-213, Electrochimica Acta, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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The influence of rare earth mercaptoacetate on the initiation of corrosion on AA2024-T3 Part II: The influence of intermetallic compositions within heavily attacked sites

Mr Rainier Catubig, Dr Anthony Hughes, I Cole, F F Chen, Colin MacRae, N C Wilson, A. M. Glenn, Adj/Prof Bruce Hinton, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2015), pp. 1-11, Corrosion science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Evaluating the corrosion behaviour of magnesium alloy in simulated biological fluid by using SECM to detect hydrogen evolution

Sina S Jamalia, A/Prof Simon Edward Moulton, Dennis Tallman, Prof Maria Forsyth, Jan Weber, Prof Gordon George Wallace

(2015), Vol. 152, pp. 294-301, Electrochimica acta, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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The influence of rare earth mercaptoacetate on the initiation of corrosion on AA2024-T3 Part I: average statistics of each intermetallic composition

Mr Rainier Catubig, Tony Hughes, I. S Cole, F. F. Chen, C. M. MacRae, N. C. Wilson, A. M. Glenn, Adj/Prof Bruce Hinton, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2015), Vol. 95, pp. 22-39, Corrosion science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Characterization of the phase behaviour of a novel polymerizable lyotropic ionic liquid crystal

Mr Nicolas Jean Christopher Goujon, Prof Maria Forsyth, Dr Ludovic Dumee, Prof Gary James Bryant, Dr Nolene Byrne

(2015), Vol. 17, pp. 23059-23068, Physical chemistry chemical physics, Cambridge, Eng., C1

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New insights into the thermal behaviour of organic ionic plastic crystals: magnetic resonance imaging of polycrystalline morphology alterations induced by solid-solid phase transitions

Dr Konstantin Romanenko, Jennifer Pringle, Dr Luke O'Dell, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2015), Vol. 17, pp. 18991-19000, Physical chemistry chemical physics, Cambridge, Eng., C1

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Insights into the transport of alkali metal ions doped into a plastic crystal electrolyte

Dr Fangfang Chen, Jennifer Pringle, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2015), Vol. 27, pp. 2666-2672, Chemistry of materials, Washington, D.C, C1

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A study of phase behavior and conductivity of mixtures of the organic ionic plastic crystal N-methyl-N-methyl-pyrrolidinium dicyanamide with sodium dicyanamide

Mr Tarekegn Chimdi Yarmio, Mr Daniel Gunzelmann, Miss Jitraporn Vongsvivut, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2015), Vol. 272, pp. 74-83, Solid state ionics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Microstructure and corrosion of AA2024

Dr Anthony Hughes, Mr Reza Parvizi, Prof Maria Forsyth

(2015), Vol. 33, pp. 1-30, Corrosion reviews, Berlin, Germany, C1

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Enhanced ionic mobility in organic ionic plastic crystal - dendrimer solid electrolytes

Dr Wren Gr