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Dr François Malherbe

Senior Lecturer


François Malherbe is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia). After his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and an M Phil in Materials Science from Unviersité Blaise Pascal (France), François earned a European Ph.D. summa cum laude in Catalysis, working on a joint research project with British Chemicals Ltd. After holding successive research and academic positions at British Petroleum and Monash University (Australia), he joined Swinburne University in 2000. His early research focused on fundamental aspects of heterogeneous catalysis with the aim of developing novel pathways for the synthesis of functional materials and has developed interests and expertise in advanced characterization techniques: EXAFS, XANES, Raman, XPS, FTIR, XRF, XRD.  Presently, François's research is oriented toward an in-depth analysis of microscopic structures to highlight their implications in our understanding of bulk properties. Through cross-disciplinary collaborations, he uses materials characterization, together with theoretical modeling, advanced data analysis, and interpretation for the development of improved smart materials.

François also successfully applied for a variety of government grants (ARC APAI, ARC LIEF, ARC Linkage, STI and DFAT NCPs) and secured over $1 million of funding from multiple agencies, with a focus on setting up advanced analytical facilities for materials characterisation at Swinburne University. Dr Malherbe is also heavily engaged in implementing programmes to empower students via the establishment of professional partnerships with research and academic staff.

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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, François; Malherbe, F.; Malherbe, Marie; Malherbe, M.; Malherbe, Francois
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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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