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Dr Rosalie Hocking

Associate Professor


Rosalie Hocking is a chemist whose research is aimed at the development of electrochemical devices to make commodity chemicals (like hydrogen and ammonia) from solar-derived electricity. Her work makes extensive use of the Australian Synchrotron where she uses X-rays to find out how new materials work, and why sometimes they don’t!  She is also researching the development cheap sensor devices that would provide instantaneous chemical information, important in applications like Asbestos identification on building sites.  Rosalie completed her PhD in physical and inorganic chemistry from the University Sydney in 2004. She has since held positions Stanford University/Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, CSIRO Land and Water, Monash University and James Cook University before coming to Swinburne University of Technology.  She is currently a senior lecturer in chemistry and deputy department chair of Chemistry and Biotechnology.

Research interests

Analytical Chemistry; Materials Science; Photocatalysis

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Investigation into Structural DIsorder in metals- from Catalysts to new Materials:

Investigation into the Selectivity of Nitrogen Reduction products:

Synchrotron Studies of Catalysts which Make Hydrogen:

X-ray Absorption Investigations Into Mixed Metal Oxide Catalysts:


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

AI for Materials Identification: In this project you will investigate the use of image recognition and processing as a novel type of chemical identification tool.

Investigation into Disordered Metals: Disordered materials are common in the world around us but their properties are not well understood.  In this project you will develop synthetic approaches to make disorderred metals- and investigate their reactivity.

Metal Oxides for Water Oxidation Catalysis: Metal oxides are some of the most active catalysts for water oxidation outside of biology and platinum.  In this project you will investigate the role of mixed metals on reactivity and catalytic efficiency.  Your work will contribute to development of new catalysts to make hydrogen.

Synchrotron Studies of Catalysts which make Hydrogen: In this project you will learn about how synchrotron spectroscopies can be useful in developing new materials.  You will work on a technique called X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy to investigate some novel types of catalysts which make hydrogen from water.

Fields of Research

  • Catalysis And Mechanisms Of Reactions - 340601
  • Structure And Dynamics Of Materials - 340307
  • Inorganic Materials (incl. Nanomaterials) - 340301
  • Macromolecular Materials - 340302
  • Molecular Imaging (incl. Electron Microscopy And Neutron Diffraction) - 340605
  • Crystallography - 340202
  • Macromolecular Materials - 340302
  • Structure And Dynamics Of Materials - 340307

Teaching areas

Analytical Chemistry;Materials Science;Photocatalysis


Also published as: Hocking, Rosalie; Hocking, R.; Hocking, R. K.; Hocking, Rosalie K.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: Innovations in Green Chemical Manufacture from Synchrotron based Techniques *; ARC Future Fellowships
  • 2024: Liquid Metal Interfaces – A Novel Platform for Catalysis *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2021: Advanced characterisation of functional catalytic materials for electrochemical water splitting *; AINSE Research Award
  • 2021: Research Centre for New Energy Transition *; Department of Education, Skills and Employment
  • 2021: Surface Functionalization of Ceramic Alumina Abrasive *; Innovative Manufacturing CRC
  • 2020: Bioinspired tuneable catalysts for renewable ammonia production *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2020: Image Processing for Identification of the Copper Content in Ore *; Ozminerals
  • 2020: Small/wide angle X-ray scattering - Swinburne preferred access - SAXS *; Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation
  • 2020: Smart Coatings for the Next Generation of Lightning Strike Protection Devices *; Innovative Manufacturing CRC
  • 2019: ARC Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM) *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2019: Development of Cost-effective and Sustainable Technology for PFAS Remediation *; Ixom Pty Ltd_PT
  • 2019: Development of photo-catalyst coating using thermal spray methods: Pilotstudy *; Lightning Protection International Pty Ltd
  • 2019: PFAS Remediation using MIEX Technique *; Ixom Pty Ltd_PT

* Chief Investigator