Paula Facal Marina

Dr Paula Facal Marina

Grant-Funded Researcher (A)

School of Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

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
  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 - ongoing Academic Coordinator Diploma of engineering and IT South Australian Institute of Business and Technology - UniSA
    2020 - ongoing Research Associate University of Adelaide
    2020 - 2020 Discipline Lead for the Diploma of Engineering South Australian Institute of Business and Technology - UniSA
    2018 - ongoing University Tutor UniSA
    2017 - 2020 Research Associate University of South Australia
    2016 - 2017 Research Assistant University of South Australia
    2015 - 2015 Administrative support services UniSA
    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
    2012 - 2012 Research assistant University of Vigo
    2010 - 2011 Research Assistant - Fellowship University of Vigo
    2010 - 2010 Field Chemistry Technician Inserpyme Global
    2009 - 2010 Field Service Consultant Mira Novas Tecnoloxias S.L.
    2009 - 2009 Consultant for Corporate Training and Development Activa Formacion
    2005 - 2008 WHS Project Manager L&L architecture
    1998 - 2008 Research Assistant University of Vigo
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2013 - 2016 UniSA Australia PhD Applied Science and Materials
    2011 - 2012 Complutense University of Madrid Spain Masters in Science and Technology of Colloids and Interfaces
    1987 - 1993 Universidad de Buenos Aires Argentina Bachelors in Chemistry Sciences
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2013 Project Management e-Grad School LEAP Australia Australia
    2013 Research Commercialisation e-Grad School LEAP Australia Australia
    2010 Masters in Quality Management and Internal Quality Auditor Euroinnova Spain
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    Emergency Fire warden Tactical Training Australia -
    First aid St John, Adelaide Australia
  • Research Interests

  • 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

Chemistry (UniSA)

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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