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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 electrochemistry in the context of water, solar energy, and sensing. This includes the development of novel electrochemical technologies including oxide nano-structures for 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, membranes for water harvesting, and industrially relevant electrode reactions (more than 530 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 for electrochemistry. In 2019 he was awarded a Fellowship of the International Society of Electrochemistry. 


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 or membrane and the materials 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 technologies, 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 including water transport in membranes.

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 and Water Harvesting


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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


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