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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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Research Output

2D-layered Ti3C2/TiO2 hybrids derived from Ti3C2 MXenes for enhanced electromagnetic wave absorption

Fan, B., Shang, S., Dai, B., Zhao, B., Li, N., Li, M., Zhang, L., Zhang, R. & Marken, F., 7 Apr 2020, In : Ceramics International.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

An AC-Driven Desalination/Salination System Based on a Nafion Cationic Rectifier

Marken, F., Putra, B. R. P., Madrid, E., Arotiba, O. & Tshwenya, L., 15 Apr 2020, In : Desalination. 480, 114351.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

CRP-binding bacteriophage as a new element of layer-by-layer assembly carbon nanofiber modified electrodes

Szot-Karpińska, K., Kudła, P., Szarota, A., Narajczyk, M., Marken, F. & Niedziółka-Jönsson, J., 4 Aug 2020, In : Bioelectrochemistry. 136, 107629.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Direct and Indirect Light Energy Harvesting with Films of Ambiently Deposited ZnO Nanoparticles

Irikura, K., Marken, F., Fletcher, P., Kociok-Kohn, G. & Zanoni, M. V. B., 15 Oct 2020, In : Applied Surface Science. 527, 146927.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)


DFT study of the hydrogen transfer step in the 4-benzoyloxy-TEMPO catalysed oxidation of alcohols

Buchard, A. (Creator), Marken, F. (Project Leader) & Ahn, S. (Project Member), University of Bath, 13 Jul 2015


Data for "A rapidly-reversible absorptive and emissive vapochromic Pt(II) pincer-based chemical sensor"

Bryant, M. (Data Collector), Skelton, J. (Creator), Hatcher, L. (Project Member), Stubbs, C. (Project Member), Madrid, E. (Project Member), R. Pallipurath, A. (Project Member), Thomas, L. (Project Member), Woodall, C. (Project Member), Christensen, J. (Project Member), Fuertes, S. (Project Member), Robinson, T. (Project Member), Beavers, C. (Project Member), Teat, S. J. (Project Member), Warren, M. (Project Member), Pradaux-Caggiano, F. (Project Member), Walsh, A. (Project Member), Marken, F. (Project Member), Carbery, D. (Project Member), Parker, S. (Project Member), Mckeown, N. B. (Project Member), Malpass-evans, R. (Project Member), Carta, M. (Project Member) & Raithby, P. (Project Leader), University of Bath, 27 Nov 2017