Prof. Maria Forsyth


Prof. Maria Forsyth

Centro Joxe Mari Korta
Avenida de Tolosa, 72
20018 Donostia - San Sebastián



Maria graduated with a PhD in Chemistry from Monash University, Australia in 1990 and received a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to work in the groups of Professors Mark Ratner and Duward Shriver at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She returned to Australian in 1993 and shortly thereafter joined the Department of Materials Engineering at Monash University as a lecturer, being promoted to Professor in 2002. She moved to Deakin University in 2010 to start a new group as Chair in Electromaterials and Corrosion Sciences which has now grown to more than fifty researchers including young academics, research fellows and PhD students.

Honors and awards

Maria  currently holds positions as the Associate Director of the Australian Centre for Electromaterials Science and Deputy Director of the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University. She has previously served on the editorial board forthe journal Solid State Ionics, as senior editor for the Journal of Physical Chemistry A, B,C  and currently senior editor for Journal of Physical Chemistry letters. She is also on the advisory board for Electrochimica Acta. She was elected to the Australian Academy of Sciences in 2015 and has received the Galileo Galilee award for her contributions to the Polymer Electrolyte field, The Australasian Corrosion Medal for her work in the corrosion mitigation as well as a five year prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship to undertake research in the area of novel energy materials.



Maria's research informs the broad field of materials science, a field that is rapidly expanding to meet the demand for novel functions and environmentally efficiency. She is a leader in the area of transport properties of materials and has had significant impact in both theoretical and applied areas. Specifically, she has focused on understanding the phenomenon of charge transport at metal/electrolyte interfaces and within electrolyte materials, including a range of novel ionic liquids, polymer electrolytes and plastic crystals. This is essential for understanding the behaviour of such materials in applications ranging from novel fuel cell design and battery storage through corrosion prevention technologies.

Innovative Polymers Group