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Frank Marken has in September 2004 been appointed to a Senior Lecturer position at the University of Bath and promoted to Reader in 2008 and to Professor in 2011. General research interests are centred around the development of novel electrochemical technologies including oxide nano-structure electro-catalysis, liquid-liquid triple phase junction processes, bio-electrochemical processes, ultrasound and microwave-enhanced electrochemistry, solid state electrochemical processing, paired and self-supported organic syntheses, and industrially relevant electrode reactions (more than 300 publications). In 2009 Frank Marken was awarded the Theophilus Redwood lectureship by the Analytical Division of the RSC.


Electrochemical reactions proceed at polarised interfaces (e.g. electrode | liquid or liquid | liquid interfaces) placed in a reaction environment, which can be a liquid, solid, or gaseous phase. The potential applied to the electrode and the material and design allow processes to be controlled or selected. I am interested in both fundamental and applied aspects of electrochemistry and in particular in (i) how energy (light, microwave, ultrasound, etc.) can be used to beneficially modify (or couple into) interfacial processes, (ii) triple-junction processes (electro-insertion, emulsion processes, gas-diffusion cells), novel electrode designs and materials (e.g. diamond, junctions, and nanoparticle assemblies), (iii) catalytic processes, (iv) bioelectrochemical processes, and (v) transport processes at interfaces on micro- and macroscopic level.

Research interests

  1. Electrochemistry at Carbon Nanofiber Electrodes
  2. Nanoparticle Assemblies at Electrode Surfaces
  3. Ultrasound Enhanced Electrochemical Processes in Mono- and Biphasic Media
  4. Microwave Effects in Electrochemistry
  5. Electroinsertion Processes and Electrochemically Driven Solid State Conversions
  6. Liquid - Liquid Ion Insertion and Expulsion Processes - Reactions at Triple Interfaces
  7. Applications of Boron-Doped Diamond Electrodes in Electroanalysis and Electrosynthesis
  8. Reaction Mechanisms, Electrosynthesis, and Electrocatalysis
  9. Electrochemistry of Cellulose, Textile Materials, and Dyes



  • QD Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Sensors
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Kinetics

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Projects 2006 2020

Integrated Anode-Less PEM Fuel Cells (iaPEM-FC) - Beyond Hydrogen

Marken, F. & Torrente Murciano, L.


Project: Research council

Fuel cells
Fossil fuels
Electric potential

KTP with Plasma Coatings Limited

Marken, F., Bowen, C. & Turner, I.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 1998 2019

A happy couple

Marken, F. & Bull, S. D., 1 Jul 2018, In : Nature Catalysis. 1, 7, p. 484-485 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalShort survey

Sustainable development

Cationic diodes by hot-pressing of Fumasep FKS-30 ionomer film onto a microhole in polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

Marken, F., Tshwenya, L., Arotiba, O., Putra, B. R., Madrid, E. & Mathwig, K., 15 Apr 2018, In : Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry. 815, p. 114-122

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Polyethylene Terephthalates
Hot pressing
Polyethylene terephthalates

Chapter 1: Introduction to the Eletrochemical and Photo-electrochemical Reduction of CO2

Fermin, D. J. & Marken, F., 1 Jan 2018, Lignin Valorization: Emerging Approaches. 21 ed. Royal Society of Chemistry, p. 1-16 16 p. (RSC Energy and Environment Series; vol. 2018-January, no. 21).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Carbon Monoxide


Aqueous Electrocatalysis in Concentrated Electrolyte Solutions

Author: Weber, J., 26 Apr 2017

Supervisor: Marken, F. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Carbon Based Nano-Composite Interfaces for Electro-Catalysis

Author: Ahn, S. Y., 6 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Marken, F. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Core-Shell Functionalised Carbon Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Electrochemistry, and Fluorescence

Author: Lawrence, K., 19 Jun 2013

Supervisor: Marken, F. (Supervisor) & James, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Development of Low Temperature Catalysts for an Integrated Ammonia PEM Fuel Cell

Author: Hill, A., 6 Jul 2017

Supervisor: Torrente Murciano, L. (Supervisor), Marken, F. (Supervisor) & Iravani, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Development of Miniature Enzymatic Biofuel Cells as Potential Power Sources for Implantable Medical Devices

Author: Du Toit, H., 20 Mar 2015

Supervisor: Di Lorenzo, M. (Supervisor) & Marken, F. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD