Dino Spagnoli

Dr, PhD Bath

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


2019-present 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 coordinator of first year studies in chemistry and biochemistry. I teach in a number of first year chemistry units and facilitate in the coordination of all chemistry and biochemistry laboratories.

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
CHEM1002-Structure and Reactivity
CHEM1003-Introductory Chemistry
CHEM1004-Biological Chemistry

CHEM3002-Chemical Explorations

CHEM3006-Chemistry Beyond the Laboratory


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 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 which have astrochemical and environmental implications. 

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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