Novel solid state electrolytes based on ionic liquids, organic ionic plastic crystals and their polymer composites for advanced battery applications; Understanding structure and dynamics in electrolytes using NMR and MD simulations; Corrosion protection using novel corrosion inhibitors and inhibited coatings; Applied Electrochemistry.
Research Experience: Chair in Electromaterials and Corrosion Sciences and Australian Laureate Fellow (Deakin University); Professorial Fellow (2003-2010) in the Department of Materials Engineering, Monash University, Australia; EPSRC Visiting Fellow at Warwick University and Birmingham University; Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry and Materials Research Centre, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA, 1990-1991.
Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences (FAAS); The Victorian Prize for Science and Innovation (VESKI); International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) Elected Fellow; Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI); Galileo Galilei Award at the International Symposium on Polymer Electrolytes (ISPE-16 in Sweden); Australasian Corrosion Medal; Deakin Universities Vice Chancellor Award for Excellence in Research Supervision.
POLYMAT (University Basque Country) and Institute for Frontier Materials (Deakin University Australia).
PhD in Physical and Materials Chemistry (1990) from Monash University, Australia.