Staff profile - Maria Forsyth

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Prof Maria Forsyth

Position: Australian Laureate Fellow
Faculty or Division: GTP Research
Department: Institute for Frontier Materials
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446821 +61 3 92446821
Email: maria.forsyth@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography summary

Professor Maria Forsyth, Chair in Electromaterials and Corrosion Sciences is the Associate Director of ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. Her research focuses on developing an understanding of charge transport at metal/electrolyte interfaces and within electrolyte materials. Such materials have included a range of novel ionic liquids, polymer electrolytes and plastic crystals. Using this understanding, 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). Professor Forsyth's group has also developed a range of unique characterisation approaches including multinuclear, variable temperature pulsed field gradient NMR facilities, with which they investigate ion transport mechanisms in electrolyte materials and surfaces. A recent LIEF grant (2011) will enable the establishment of state of the art solid state NMR facilities which will be used to characterise not only electromaterials, but also metal alloys, ceramic nano-materials and polymers. The facility will also enable in-situ imaging of electrochemical and transport processes which occur for example in devices such as batteries and fuel cells in-situ.


Career highlights

2010 - present: Chair in Electromaterial & 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

Research interests

Professor Maria Forsyth, Chair in Electromaterials and Corrosion Sciences is the Associate Director of ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. Her research focuses on developing an understanding of charge transport at metal/electrolyte interfaces and within electrolyte materials. Such materials have included a range of novel ionic liquids, polymer electrolytes and plastic crystals. Using this understanding, 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). Professor Forsyth's group has also developed a range of unique characterisation approaches including multinuclear, variable temperature pulsed field gradient NMR facilities, with which they investigate ion transport mechanisms in electrolyte materials and surfaces. A recent LIEF grant (2011) will enable the establishment of state of the art solid state NMR facilities which will be used to characterise not only electromaterials, but also metal alloys, ceramic nano-materials and polymers. The facility will also enable in-situ imaging of electrochemical and transport processes which occur for example in devices such as batteries and fuel cells in-situ.


Research page

https://www.deakin.edu.au/apps/research/find-a-researcher/19894/Prof-Maria-Forsyth


Publications

Publications

B. Winther-Jensen, O. Winther-Jensen, M. Forsyth and D. R. MacFarlane, High rates of oxygen reduction over a vapor phase-polymerized pedot electrode, Science 321 (2008), no. 5889, 671-674. IF 29.74, ERA= A*
Neil, W. C.; Forsyth, M.; Howlett, P. C.; Hutchinson, C. R.; Hinton, B. R. W., Corrosion of magnesium alloy ZE41-The role of microstructural features. Corrosion Science 2009, 51 (2), 387-394. . IF 2.32, ERA = A*
Blin, F.; Koutsoukos, P.; Klepetsianis, P.; Forsyth, M., The corrosion inhibition mechanism of new rare earth cinnamate compounds - Electrochemical studies. Electrochimica Acta 2007, 52, (21), 6212-6220. IF =3.32, ERA=A
Markley, T. A.; Hughes, A. E.; Ang, T. C.; Deacon, G. B.; Junk, P.; Forsyth, M., Influence of praseodymium - Synergistic corrosion inhibition in mixed rare-earth diphenyl phosphate systems. Electrochemical and Solid State Letters 2007, 10, (12), C72-C75. ERA= A
D. R. Macfarlane, M. Forsyth, P. C. Howlett, , J. M. Pringle, J. Sun, G. Annat, W.Neil, E. I.Izgorodina, , Ionic liquids in electrochemical devices and processes: managing interfacial Electrochemistry. Accounts of Chemical Research 2007, 40, (11), 1165-1173. IF 18.2, ERA=A*
Blin, F.; Leary, S. G.; Deacon, G. B.; Junk, P. C.; Forsyth, M., The nature of the surface film on steel treated with cerium and lanthanum cinnamate based corrosion inhibitors. Corrosion Science 2006, 48, (2), 404-419. IF 2.32, ERA = A*
Ho, D.; Brack, N.; Scully, J.; Markley, T.; Forsyth, M.; Hinton, B., Cerium dibutylphosphate as a corrosion inhibitor for AA2024-T3 aluminum alloys. Journal of the Electrochemical Society 2006, 153, (9), B392-B401. IF 2.24, ERA =A
The Zwitterion Effect in Ionic Liquids: Towards Practical Rechargeable Lithium-Metal Batteries, N. Byrne, P. Howlett, D.R. MacFarlane & M. Forsyth, Advanced Materials 2005, 17(20) 2497-2501. ERA = A*
The Zwitterion Effect in High-Conductivity Polyelectrolyte Materials, C. Tiyapiboonchaiya, J.M. Pringle, J. Sun, N. Byrne, P.C. Howlett, D.R. MacFarlane & M. Forsyth Nature Materials 2004, 3(1), 29-32. ERA = A*
P.C. Howlett, N. Brack, A.F. Hollenkamp, M. Forsyth & D.R. MacFarlane,
Characterization of the Lithium Surface in N-Methyl-N-Alkylpyrrolidinium Bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide Room-Temperature Ionic Liquid Electrolytes, Journal of the Electrochemical Society 2006, 153(3), A595-A606. IF 2.24, ERA =A


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