Professor Forsyth and IFM Electromaterials Group

Alfred Deakin Professor Maria Forsyth

Deakin University

 

 

Deputy Director, IFM

Institute for Frontier Materials

 

Director, storEnergy

ARC Training Center for Future Energy Storage Technologies

 

Associate Director, ACES

ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science

 

 

Renewable energy plants that generate solar, wind or tidal energy cannot operate in step with energy demands, meaning that electrical energy storage devices will be an essential component of the grid to ensure that electricity can be provided when it is needed.

Our group are world leaders in battery technology and electrochemical devices directed towards applications which include batteries for electric vehicles, as well as domestic and large-scale energy storage that can be integrated with the renewable energy grid. We have pioneered the use of ionic liquids as safe high performance electrolytes in a range of electrochemical devices, including their application in lithium batteries, solar cells and capacitors.

Maria Forsyth

Professor, Electromaterials and Corrosion Science

Professor Maria Forsyth “FAA” (Fellow Australian Academy of Sciences), is the Director of ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Future Energy Storage Technologies, StorEnergy, former  ARC Laureate fellow and currently an Alfred Deakin Professorial Fellow at Deakin University and an Ikerbasque Visiting Professorial Fellow at University of the Basque Country.  She is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) at Deakin University in Australia, where she leads the research effort in energy storage and corrosion science.   She has worked at the forefront of energy materials research since her Fulbright Research Fellowship in 1990 and has consistently made breakthrough discoveries, including in polymer electrolytes, ionic liquids and organic plastic crystals.  Specifically, her work has focused on understanding the phenomenon of charge transport at metal/electrolyte interfaces and within novel electrolyte materials.   This has provided a basis for understanding the behaviour of such materials, and thus moving towards overcoming the performance limitations, of applications ranging from novel fuel cell designs and battery storage to corrosion prevention technologies.

Professor Forsyth leads collaborative projects in lithium and sodium battery technologies funded through recent Australian Research Council grants and with various industries.  She is a co-author of over 650 journal and conference publications that attracted more than 27000 citations.  Professor Forsyth has served on several editorial boards and is currently a senior editor for Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, a highly respected American Chemical Society journal. She also currently serves on the Research Implementation Advisory Committee for the Future Battery Industry CRC. She is the recipient of the Galileo Galilee award for her contributions to the polymer electrolyte and energy storage field, has received the Australian Corrosion Association Corrosion Medal and was awarded The Victorian Prize for Science and Innovation (VESKI) in 2017 as well as the 2020 Victorian Honour roll for Women.

Professorial Staff

Frank Collins

Professor of Infrastructure Engineering

Legacy Infrastructure Durability

Patrick Howlett

Professor (Research)

BatTRI-Hub Director

Jenny Pringle

Professor (Research)

New Electrolyte Development

Will Gates

Associate Professor

Concrete/ACID

Researchers

Dr Wren Greene

Bio/Surfaces

 

Dr Anthony Somers

Corrosion/Tribology

 

Dr Cristina Pozo-Gonzalo

Batteries

 

 

Dr Tiago Correia Mendes

Batteries

Dr Fangfang Chen

Modelling

 

Dr Luke O’Dell

NMR Facility Director

 

Dr Hiroyuki Ueda

Advanced Electrodes

Dr Faezeh Makhlooghi Azad

Batteries

 

Dr Yan Liang

Advanced Electrodes

Dr Robert Kerr

Batteries

 

Dr Minkyung Kang

Dr Luca Porcarelli

Batteries

 

Dr Xiaoen Wang

Batteries

 

Dr Alastair MacLeod

Concrete/ACID

 

Dr Andras Fehervari

Concrete/ACID

 

 

Dr Colin Kang

Solid Electrolytes and Synthesis

Mr Mojtaba Eftekharnia

BatTRI-Hub

 

 

Dr Haijin Zhu

NMR

 

Dr Danah Al-Masri

Batteries

Dr Kalani Periyapperuma

Li Batteries

Dr Ali Balkis

Research Engineer

Mr Tim Newbegin

Research Assistant

Dr Jenny Sun

Sodium Batteries

Mr Douglas Macleod

Research Assistant

Mr Chathuranga Gallage

Research Engineer

Dr Preston Sutton

Solid Electrolytes

 

Dr Mega Kar

Business, Marketing, Communications and Supporting Staff

Dr Timothy Khoo

StorEnergy Manager

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Ms Robin Taylor

Marketing & Communications Manager

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Mrs Sona Shekibi

Administrative Coordinator

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Ms Sofia Georgiadis

Administration

Dr Simon Thompson 

Senior Technical Officer

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Mr John Burton

Technical Officer

Ms Elba Balding

Administration Assistant

 

Postgraduate Students

Urbi Pal

PhD Candidate

Batteries

The An Ha (Kevin)

PhD Candidate

Batteries

Hossein Nemati Bandkohan

PhD Candidate

Batteries

Sobhan Hossieni

PhD Candidate

Concrete/ACID

Laura García-Quintana

PhD Candidate

Batteries

Matt Russo

PhD Candidate

Bio/Surfaces

Fernando Ramos

PhD Candidate

Gas separation

Shammi Akter Ferdousi

PhD Candidate

Batteries

Thushan Pathirana

PhD Candidate

Batteries

Karolina Biernacka

PhD Candidate

Batteries

Meisam Hasanpoor

PhD Candidate

Batteries 

Pauline Desroches

PhD Candidate

Bio/Surfaces

Frederick Nti

PhD Candidate

Batteries

Nanditha Sirigiri

PhD Candidate

Modelling

Murtaza Panhwar

PhD Candidate

Thermocells

Dmitrii Rakov

PhD Candidate

Modelling

Sneha Malunavar

PhD Candidate

Batteries

Mingyu Han

PhD Candidate

Surfaces

Mahdi Ghorbani

PhD Candidate

Corrosion

Jhonathan Soto Puelles

PhD Candidate

Corrosion

Shanika Abeysooriya

PhD Candidate

Solid Electrolytes 

Mehdi Behrouzvaziri

PhD Candidate

Corrosion

Kilian Shani Fraysse

PhD Candidate

Surfaces

Isuru Adikari Mudiyanselage

PhD Candidate
NMR

Derick Gyabeng

PhD Candidate

NMR

Greg Rollo-Walker

PhD Candidate

Solid Electrolytes

Yady  Senayda Garcia Castillo

PhD Candidate

NMR

Mr Ben Mapleback

PhD Candidate 

Advanced Electrodes

Gongyue Huang

PhD Candidate

NMR

 

Anna Warrington

PhD Candidate

Solid Electrolytes

 

Isuri Perera

PhD Candidate

 

Carlos Mario Espinal Zapata

PhD Candidate

Suleyman Yildiz

PhD Candidate

Batteries

 

Ethan Yazdani Sadati

PhD Candidate

 

In Country Students

Priya Pandey

PhD Candidate

Ionic Liquid as Lubricants

Devangana Bhuyan

PhD Candidate

 

Ana Suarez Vega

PhD Candidate

Corrosion

Khryslyn Arano

PhD Candidate

 

Honorary and Adjunct Staff

Bruce Hinton

Adjunct Professor

Frederic Blin

Adjunct Professor

Tony Hollenkamp

Adjunct Professor

Tony Hughes

Adjunct Professor

Laurie Aldridge

Adjunct Professor

Michel Armand

Honorary Professor

Warren Green

Adjunct Professor

Ashley Fletcher

Adjunct Professor