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Dr Francois Malherbe

Senior Lecturer


Born in Mauritius, François moved to France to further his education and obtained a PhD in Chemistry from Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand) and in collaboration with BP Chemicals Ltd. François then worked for two years at the British Petroleum Research Centre in Sunbury (UK) as a research technologist with a focus on the development of novel heterogeneous catalysts. He moved in Australia in 1999, following an appointment at Monash University where he worked within the Cooperative Research Centre for Clean Power from Lignite, a consortium looking at improving the efficiencies of coal-fired power stations. François joined Swinburne University of Technology in 2000 as a postdoctoral fellow and used this opportunity to start his research group in Catalysis and Process Development with particular interests in clean technologies and alternative energies. During that time, he was also involved in a few programs looking at international collaborations and networking. Following the restructure of the university in 2004, François was appointed as the Associate Dean (International) for the Faculty of Life and Social Sciences, with a major role in developing exchange programs, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Research interests

Nanostructured Materials; Analytical Chemistry; Environmental

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Liquid metal: Developing new applications for liquid metals and liquid metal alloys. Synthesis, characterisation and applications.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Nanotechnology - 401800
  • Other Environmental Sciences - 419900

Teaching areas

Analytical Chemistry;Chemistry;Environmental Sc


Also published as: Malherbe, Francois; Malherbe, F.; Malherbe, Marie; Malherbe, M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2010: Spectroscopic imaging for materials, minerals and life sciences *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme

* Chief Investigator

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