Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
My professional career as a Chemist spans across over 15 years, applying progressive knowledge of environmental chemistry, nanotechnology and organic synthetic chemistry to contribute to groundbreaking scientific research.
Notable accomplishments include the participation in innovative research projects at the interface between chemistry and biomaterials science to develop innovative solutions to current and emerging biomedical and environmental challenges.
My extensive experience as a chemist includes providing advice on matters such as waste and quality management, food packaging and conservation, identification of chemical hazards and advising on its correct manipulation and storage.
- Delivery gel lead optimisation: chemical formulation, Carina Biotech - CRC-P2 -patent filed
- Development of a thermo-responsive gel formulation for the localised delivery of CAR-T cells for the treatment of solid tumours, Cell Therapy Manufacturing CRC-funded project (P1-10)
- Development of functionalised nanoparticles for the detection and in situ treatment of cancer tumours, University of South Australia, 2016
- Method for marking magnetic nanoparticles to enhance microwave coatings and other applications, Frinova, University of Vigo, 2012. – translated and commercialised
- Different strategies for gold nanoparticles bio functionalisation for bacteria quantification, University of Vigo, 2011-2012.
- Development of an atmospheric physico chemistry dynamic model for local contamination analysis, 1999
Date Position Institution name 2020 Research Associate University of Adelaide 2017 - 2020 Research Associate University of South Australia 2016 - 2017 Research Assistant University of South Australia 2013 - 2016 High Degree by Research student University of South Australia 2012 - 2013 Research assistant - Fellowship Electronic Microscopy University Hospital Complex Of Vigo 2012 - 2012 Research Assistant University of Vigo 2010 - 2011 Research Assistant - Fellowship University of Vigo 1998 - 2008 Research Assistant University of Vigo
Research InterestsAnalytical Chemistry Biomaterials Biomedical Engineering Chemical Engineering Chemical Physics Composite and Hybrid Materials Functional Materials Higher Education Materials Engineering Nanomaterials Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Nanotechnology Organic Chemical Synthesis Physical Chemistry of Materials Synthesis of Materials
Year Citation 2021 Otto, S., Marina, P. F., Zhou, F., & Blencowe, A. (2021). Thermoresponsive polysaccharides with tunable thermoresponsive properties via functionalisation with alkylamide groups. Carbohydrate Polymers, 254, 117280.
2021 Yan, J., Marina, P. F., & Blencowe, A. (2021). A Facile Strategy for the High Yielding, Quantitative Conversion of Polyglycol End-Groups to Amines.. Polymers, 13(9), 1-11.
2020 Brewer, K., Gundsambuu, B., Facal Marina, P., Barry, S. C., & Blencowe, A. (2020). Thermoresponsive Poly(ε-Caprolactone)-Poly(Ethylene/Propylene Glycol) Copolymers as Injectable Hydrogels for Cell Therapies.. Polymers, 12(2), 19 pages.
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2020 Ayeleru, O., Dlova, S., Akinribide, O., Ntuli, F., Kupolati, W., Facal Marina, P., . . . Olubambi, P. (2020). Challenges of plastic waste generation and management in sub-Saharan Africa: A review. Waste Management, 110, 24-42.
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2019 Graham, S., Marina, P., & Blencowe, A. (2019). Thermoresponsive polysaccharides and their thermoreversible physical hydrogel networks. Carbohydrate Polymers, 207, 143-159.
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2019 Burzava, A., Forget, A., Harding, F., Cockshell, M., Penko, D., Rouzaud, C., . . . Voelcker, N. (2019). Replica moulded poly(dimethylsiloxane) microwell arrays induce localized endothelial cell immobilization for coculture with pancreatic islets. Biointerphases, 14(1), 9 pages.
2018 Facal Marina, P., Xu, J., Wu, X., & Xu, H. (2018). Thinking outside the box: Placing hydrophilic particles in an oil phase for the formation and stabilization of Pickering emulsions. Chemical Science, 9(21), 4821-4829.
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2018 Ozcelik, B., Palmer, J., Ladewig, K., Facal Marina, P., Stevens, G. W., Abberton, K., . . . Qiao, G. G. (2018). Biocompatible porous polyester-ether hydrogel scaffolds with cross-linker mediated biodegradation and mechanical properties for tissue augmentation. Polymers, 10(2), 1-19.
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2018 Facal Marina, P., Cheng, C., Sedev, R., Stocco, A., Binks, B., & Wang, D. (2018). Van der Waals Emulsions: Emulsions Stabilized by Surface-Inactive, Hydrophilic Particles via van der Waals Attraction. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 57(30), 9510-9514.
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2018 Facal Marina, P., Delcheva, I., & Beattie, D. (2018). Multi-modal stabilisation of emulsions using a combination of hydrophilic particles and an amino acid. Colloids and Surfaces A, 538, 765-773.
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2017 Richter, K., Facal, P., Thomas, N., Vandecandelaere, I., Ramezanpour, M., Cooksley, C., . . . Vreugde, S. (2017). Taking the silver bullet colloidal silver particles for the topical treatment of biofilm-related infections. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 9(26), 21631-21638.
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2015 Xi, C., Facal, P., Xia, H., & Wang, D. (2015). Directed self-assembly of gold nanoparticles into plasmonic chains. Soft Matter, 11(23), 4562-4571.
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1999 Iglesias-Fernández, O., Facal, P., González, M., & Rey, F. (1999). Conductimetric analysis of the interaction of Cu(II) ions and a humic-like natural polyelectrolyte (Laurel, Laurus nobilis) mixture. Analytica Chimica Acta, 401(1-2), 251-255.
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1999 Kaemmerer, M., Guiresse, M., Revel, J. C., Koetz, P., Facal, P., & Rey, F. (1999). Conductimetric behaviour of humic acids with Cu(II) ions. Analusis, 27(5), 421-423.
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1997 Rey, F., Pérez-Asenjo, M., Machado, A. A. S. C., Facal, P., & Ferreira, M. A. (1997). Influence of small alcohol concentrations on the conductimetric behaviour of a natural polyelectrolyte (laurel, laurus nobilis). Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 431(1), 77-79.
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1996 Rey, F., Ferreira, M. A., Facal, P., & Machado, A. A. S. C. (1996). Effect of concentration, pH, and ionic strength on the viscosity of solutions of a soil fulvic acid. Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 74(3), 295-299.
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1995 Rey, F., Pérez-Asenjo, M., Machado, A. A. S. C., Facal, P., Ferreira, M. A., & Toja, A. (1995). Conductimetric analysis of the ion binding properties of three leaf extracts of chestnut (Castanea sativa), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) and oak (Quercus robur). Talanta, 42(12), 1919-1923.
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— L, M. (n.d.). Comparisons on Different Liquid Crystals Doped with Various Sized Gold Nanoparticles for Nonvolatile Memory Effects. Nanoscience & Technology: Open Access, 4(1), 1-10.
- China–Australia Centre for Health Sciences Research (CACHSR) – CHIEF INVESTIGATOR 2018
- China–Australia Centre for Health Sciences Research (CACHSR) - 2017
- UniSA Travel Grant – University of South Australia - 2015
- PhD Scholarship – International President Scholarship – University of South Australia - 2012
- Research Fellowship Electronic Microscopy – CACTI (Scientific and Technological Research Assistance Centre) – University of Vigo - 2012
- Masters’ studies Scholarship – Spanish Government – Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports - 2011
- Research Fellow - Nanotechnology and Surface Analysis - CACTI (Scientific and Technological Research Assistance Centre) – University of Vigo - 2010
- Post-Graduate Travel Grant – University of Vigo – 1998/2000/2011
- Becas de Tercer Ciclo (post-graduate grant) – University of Vigo – 1995-1996
Visiting and summer students
High Degree by Research Students (UniSA)
Honours students (First class 2019)
Leadership positions | Course development
Discipline Lead Diploma of Engineering - South Australian Institute of Business and Technology (UniSA)
Course coordination and lecturing
Physics 1,2 and maths and Stats – SAIBT
Tutoring and Laboratory demonstrator
Physical Chemistry University Assistant Lecturer (University of Vigo, Spain)
University teaching – Private
Statistics for Engineers - Centrovigo
High School Teaching
Maths, Physics and Chemistry Teacher (Academia Barreiro)
Maths, Physics and Chemistry Teacher (Colegio Marcote)
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2019 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Synthesis of polymers for biomedical applications UniSA — Doctorate Full Time Yan Yie 2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Thermoresponsive Polysaccharides for biomedical applications UniSA School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences Division of Health Sciences Doctorate Full Time Sarah Otto 2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Development of Novel Thermoresponsive Polysaccharides with Tunable Transition Temperatures UniSA Bachelor of Biomedical Research (Honours) Honours Full Time Sarah Otto
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