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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


2012-present 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

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
CHEM3006-Chemistry Beyond the Laboratory


My research can be classified into two distinct areas: Computational Chemistry and Chemical Education.

My research in the field of Computational Chemistry involves applying computer simulation techniques to study the processes that occur at the solid-liquid interface, which include adsorption of species and pollutants to surfaces, dissolution, crystal growth, and aggregation.

In the field of Chemical Education, I am interested in developing and using technology to enhance the learning and transferable skills in the chemistry undergraduate laboratories.


  • Computational chemistry
  • Solid state chemistry
  • Surface chemistry
  • Chemical education

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Research Output 2005 2019

Designing online pre-laboratory activities for chemistry undergraduate laboratories

Spagnoli, D., Rummey, C., Man, N., Wills, S. & Clemons, T., 5 Jul 2019, Teaching Chemistry in Higher Education: A Festschrift in Honour of Professor Tina Overton. Seery, M. & McDonnell, C. (eds.). Dublin: Creathach Press, p. 315-322 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Open Access
learning environment

Introducing the first year laboratory to undergraduate chemistry students with an interactive 360° experience

Clemons, T., Fouche, L., Rummey, C., Lopez, R. & Spagnoli, D., 7 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Chemical Education. 96, 7, p. 1491-1496 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
first-year student
demographic factors
16 Downloads (Pure)

Density Functional Theory simulations of water adsorption and activation on the (-201) β-Ga2O3 surface

Anvari, R., Spagnoli, D., Parish, G. & Nener, B., 23 May 2018, In : Chemistry - A European Journal. 24, 29, p. 7445-7455

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Density functional theory
Chemical activation
Vibrational spectra
15 Citations (Scopus)

Dy3Al2(AlO4)3 ceramic nanogarnets: Sol-gel auto-combustion synthesis, characterization and joint experimental and computational structural analysis for electrochemical hydrogen storage performances

Salehabadi, A., Sarrami Foroushani, F., Salavati-Niasari, M., Gholami, T., Spagnoli, D. & Karton, A., 5 May 2018, In : Journal of Alloys & Compounds. 744, p. 574-582 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Combustion synthesis
Hydrogen storage
Structural analysis