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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 linked to water, solar energy, and sensing. This includes the development of novel electrochemical technologies including oxide nano-structure electro-catalysis for CO2 reduction, liquid-liquid triple phase junction processes, bio-electrochemical processes, ultrasound and microwave and sunlight-enhanced electrochemistry, solid state electrochemical processing, iontronics and ionic diodes in desalination, paired and self-supported organic syntheses, and industrially relevant electrode reactions (more than 480 publications). In 2009 Frank Marken was awarded the Theophilus Redwood lectureship by the Analytical Division of the RSC and in 2018 he was awarded the RSC Geoffrey Barker medal.


Electrochemical reactions occur when charges move across interfaces (e.g. electrode | liquid or liquid | liquid interfaces or more complicated interfacial structures). The potential applied to the electrode and the material and interfacial design allow processes to be controlled or selected. I am interested in both fundamental and applied aspects of electrochemistry linked to water and to energy 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 for CO2), novel electrode designs and materials (e.g. diamond, junctions, and nanoparticle assemblies, polymers of intrinsic microporosity), (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. Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity at Electrode Surfaces to Stabilise Catalysts
  3. Ultrasound and Microwave Enhanced Electrochemical Processes in Mono- and Biphasic Media
  4. Photochemical Processes and Electrochemical Energy Conversion
  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, New Methods in Electrosynthesis, and Electrocatalysis
  9. Electrochemistry of Cellulose, Textile Materials, and Dyes
  10. Membrane Electrochemistry and Ionic Diodes in Desalination



  • 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 1994 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

A Cationic Rectifier Based on a Graphene Oxide Covered Microhole: Theory and Experiment

Putra, B. R., Aoki, K. J., Chen, J. & Marken, F., 14 Jan 2019, In : Langmuir .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A hematite photoelectrode grown on porous and conductive SnO2 ceramics for solar-driven water splitting

Bondarchuk, A. N., Corrales-Mendoza, I., Tomás, S. A. & Marken, F., 10 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 44, 36, p. 19667-19675 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Carbon-based quantum particles: an electrochemical and biomedical perspective

Nekoueian, K., Amiri, M., Sillanpää, M., Marken, F., Boukherroub, R. & Szunerits, S., 19 Jun 2019, In : Chemical Society Reviews.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Electrodes modified with bacteriophages and carbon nanofibres for cysteine detection

Szot-Karpińska, K., Leśniewski, A., Jönsson-Niedziółka, M., Marken, F. & Niedziółka-Jönsson, J., 15 May 2019, In : Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical. 287, p. 78-85 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


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