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Professor MacFarlane

PhD (Purdue), BSc (Hons) Physics and Chemistry, BA (History)

Room: 328 Green Chemical Futures, 13 Rainforest Walk
Phone: +61 3 9905 4540
Fax: +61 3 9905 4597
Website: Monash Ionic Liquids website

About Douglas

Professor Doug MacFarlane is an ARC Laureate Fellow at Monash University. He is also the program leader of the Energy Program in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. He holds Adjunct appointments at the University Alabama and Queens University Belfast. He was a PhD graduate from Professor Austen Angell's group at Purdue in 1982 and after postdoctoral fellowships in France and New Zealand took up an academic position at Monash in 1983. He was appointed Professor of Chemistry in 1995 and served terms as Deputy Dean of Science 2000-2001 and as Head of School 2003-2006.

Professor MacFarlane was awarded an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship in 2007 to extend his work on Ionic Liquids and then an ARC Laureate Fellowship in 2012 to continue this work in the field of protic ionic liquids. He was elected to the Australian Academy of Sciences in 2007 and to the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2009. He is currently Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Australian Journal of Chemistry and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Chemical Communications - the flagship journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Green Chemistry.

Professor MacFarlane is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Cap-xx Ltd, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of Ioteq Inc and is a member of the Board of Governors of the International Society for Solid State Ionics. He has served on the Australian Research Council's Physical Sciences Expert Advisory committee. He serves on a panel of international experts that advises the German national science foundation.


ARC Laureate Fellow (2013 - ), ARC Federation Fellow (2007 - 2012 ), Head of School (2003-6), Professor of Chemistry (1995 - )

Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (Elected 2007)

Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (Elected 2009)

Research areas

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. More details visit our Ionic Liquids group website. Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science.


Douglas has published more than 500 journal papers and 30 patents; cited more 16000 times.

Follow Professor MacFarlane's latest publication profile on Google Scholar

Some recent selected publications include:

  • "Ionic liquids and their solid-state analogues as materials for energy generation and storage", D. R. MacFarlane, M. Forsyth, P. C. Howlett, M. Kar, S. Passerini, J. M. Pringle, H. Ohno, M. Watanabe, F. Yan, W. Zheng, Nature Reviews Materials, 2016, Article number 15005.
  • "Renewable fuels from concentrated solar power: towards practical artificial photosynthesis", S. A. Bonke, M. Wiechen, D. R. MacFarlane, L. Spiccia, Energy Environ. Sci., 2015, 8, 2791.
  • "Energy applications of ionic liquids", D. R. MacFarlane, N. Tachikawa, M. Forsyth, J. M. Pringle, P. C. Howlett, G. D. Elliott, J. H. Davis, M. Watanabe, P. Simon, C. A. Angell, Energy Environ. Sci., 2014, 7, 232.
  • "Ionic liquids for energy, materials, and medicine", M. Smiglak, J. M. Pringle, X. Lu, L. Han, S. Zhang, H. Gao, D. R. MacFarlane, R. D. Rogers, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 9228.
  • "Low overpotential water oxidation to hydrogen peroxide on a MnOx catalyst", A. Izgorodin, E. Izgorodina, D.R. MacFarlane, Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, 5, 9496-9501.
  • "Electrodeposited MnOx Films from Ionic Liquid for Electrocatalytic Water Oxidation", F. Zhou, A. Izgorodin, R. K. Hocking, L. Spiccia, D. R. MacFarlane, Advanced Energy Materials, 2012, 2, 1013-1021.
  • "High Rates of Oxygen Reduction over a Vapor- Phase Polymerized PEDOT Electrode", B. Winther-Jensen, O. Winther-Jensen, M. Forsyth and D. R. MacFarlane, Science (2008) 321, 671-674.
  • "Ionic-liquid materials for the electrochemical challenges of the future". M. Armand, F. Endres, D. R. MacFarlane, H. Ohno, B. Scrosati, Nature Materials (2009) 8, 621 – 629.
  • "Protic pharmaceutical ionic liquids and solids: Aspects of protonics", J. Stoimenovski, P. M. Dean, E. I. Izgorodina, D. R. MacFarlane, Faraday Discuss. (2012) 154, 335 – 352.
  • "Crystalline vs. Ionic Liquid Salt Forms of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients: A Position Paper", J. Stoimenovski, D. R. MacFarlane, K. Bica, R. D. Rogers, Pharm. Res. (2010) 27, 521-526
  • "Ionic Liquids in Electrochemical Devices and Processes: Managing Interfacial Electrochemistry", D.R. MacFarlane, M. Forsyth, P.C. Howlett, J.M. Pringle, J. Sun, G. Annat, W. Neil, E.I. Izgorodina, Accounts of Chemical Research 2007, 40, 1165-1173.
  • "On the concept of ionicity in ionic liquids" D.R. MacFarlane, M. Forsyth, E.I. Izgorodina, A.P. Abbott, G. Annat, K. Fraser, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2009, 11, 4962-4967.
  • "Protein Solubilising and Stabilising Ionic Liquids", K.Fujita, D.R. MacFarlane, M. Forsyth, Chem.Commun. 2005, 4804–4806. This paper demonstrated for the first time that certain purpose-designed ILs can act as very powerful stabilizing solvents for proteins.
  • "Lithium-Doped Plastic Crystal Electrolytes Exhibiting Fast Ion Conduction for Secondary Batteries", D.R. MacFarlane, J. Huang and M. Forsyth, Nature 1999, 402, 792-794. This paper describes a completely new family of materials in which fast, solid-state ion conduction is present.
  • "Use of Ionic Liquids for π-Conjugated Polymer Electrochemical Devices", W. Lu, A. G. Fadeev, B. Qi, B. R. Mattes, G. Wallace, J. Ding, G. Spinks, J. Mazurkiewicz, D. R.MacFarlane, S. Forsyth and M. Forsyth, Science 2002, 297, 983-987. This paper shows how ionic liquids provide superb, breakthrough-level cycle stability in devices based on conducting polymers.