Dino Spagnoli

Associate Professor, PhD Bath

  • The University of Western Australia (M466), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M310), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


2023-present Associate Professor/Academic Coordinator (Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)), UWA

2019-2022 Senior Lecturer/Coordinator of First Year Studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry, UWA

2012-2019 Lecturer/Coordinator of First Year Studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry, UWA

2009-2011: Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow under the supervision of Prof Julian Gale and Prof Kate Wright (Curtin University, Australia)

2007-2008: Postdoctoral Research Assistant under the supervision of Prof Jill Banfield and Dr Glenn Waychunas and Dr Benjamin Gilbert (University of California, Berkeley and LBNL, USA)

2003-2006: PhD in Computational Chemistry under the supervision of Prof Steve Parker (University of Bath, UK)

1999-2003: MChem with a year in industry (University of Kent, UK)

Roles and responsibilities

I am the Academic Coordinator for the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) program. My primary role includes coordinating the residential program, developing and coordinating individual student curricula, providing comprenhensive pastoral support and coordinating research placementsfor BPhil students. 

I am also an Associate Professor in the School of Molecular Sciences. I teach in the chemistry major at all levels in physical chemistry. I supervise PhD and Honours students in the field of computational materials chemistry and chemistry education research.

Funding overview

2019 Australian Research Council Discovery Grant

2015 and 2016 Centre of Education Futures Scholarships
Catalyst Grant-Chemistry Discipline Network

Teaching overview

CHEM1001-Properties and Energetics

CHEM1003-Introductory Chemistry

CHEM2004-Chemistry of Reactions

GCRL1000-Global Challenges, Research and Leadership


My research interests are in Chemistry Education Research and Computational Chemistry.

In Chemistry Education Research I am interesting in the research exploring students self-efficacy in the chemistry laboratory. I design and develop new technologies such as interactive 360o videos and augmented reality experiences and research the impact on student learning in the cognitive and affective domain. I am also keen to discover the links that students think they have between their assessments and employability skills.

In Computational Materials Chemistry I enjoy researching the processes that are involved on solid surfaces such as  adsorption of species and catalysis of reactions. I am particularly interested in discovering the role that defects, such as dislocations, have on the properties of semiconductors. I am also interested in the aggregation of polyaromatic hydrocarbons and formation of co-molecular crystals which have astrochemical and environmental implications. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 1 Mar 2018

Research expertise keywords

  • Computational chemistry
  • Surface chemistry
  • Solid surfaces, adsorption, desorption phenomena, film deposition
  • Chemical Education
  • Learning technologies in science
  • Technology Education


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