Douglas Macfarlane


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1981 …2024

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Research interests

Preparation and characterization of ionic liquids and other types of ionic materials for a range of applications in electrochemistry, green chemistry, solar cells, batteries and biotechnology, including protein stabilization and biopreservation. Production of ammonia and hydrogen from renewable energy.


 Professor Doug MacFarlane FAA FTSE

Professor Doug MacFarlane is a Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor at Monash University’s School of Chemistry. He was a BSc(Hons) graduate from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and then undertook his PhD with the late Professor Austen Angell at Purdue University before taking up an academic position at Monash. In 2007 he awarded an ARC Federation Fellowship and then in 2012 an Australian Laureate Fellowship. His interests include the chemistry and application of organic salts including in electrochemistry applications in renewable energy storage. His current focus is on the electrochemical generation of ammonia as an energy store.

He has published more than 800 papers and 30 patents and these have been cited > 80,000 times (h-index 140). He has been a Clarivate “highly cited author” since 2019. He was the Australian Academy of Science’s Craig Medalist 2018 and winner of the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation in 2018 and the Max Bredig prize of the Electrochemical Society in 2023.

Professor MacFarlane was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2007 and the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2009. His group was recently awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry’s 2023 Horizon Prize for Environment, Sustainability and Energy.

He recently co-founded Jupiter Ionics P/L to scale up the ammonia production technology his group has developed.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research area keywords

  • Ionic Liquids Batteries Supercapacitors Conductivity
  • Ionic Liquids Electrolytes Plastic Crystals Advanced Materials Biopreservation
  • Ionic Liquids Proteins Biocompatibility Biosensors
  • Ionic Liquids
  • Electrochemical Interface
  • Lithium
  • Conducting Polymer Electrochemistry
  • Magnesium Alloy Corrosion
  • Impedance Spectroscopy
  • Surface Film
  • Synthesis
  • Purification
  • Characterization
  • Preparation and Characterization of Ionic Liquids

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