Dr Paula Facal Marina

Visiting Scholar

College of Science and Engineering

place Physical Sciences
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am an Early Career Researcher with a PhD in Materials Science currently employed as a post- doctoral scientist at the University of Adelaide. I have extensive experience working within interdisciplinary research teams, including students, post-docs and senior academic and professional staff. My research interests are focused on the synthesis of inorganic/organic nanomaterials and their characterisation utilising a wide variety of basic and advanced analytical techniques. I have developed research expertise in various state‐of‐the‐art methods to develop new materials for different applications: manufacture of sensors, plasmonics, surface chemistry and more recently for biomedical applications. I favour research that is applied and collaborative, addressing real‐world problems.

I combine my research activities with my role as Program Coordinator for the Diploma of Engineering and IT at SAIBT - UniSA. I am a qualified educational leader and valued team member; I have demonstrated ability in working to enhance learning experiences for the students and developed my leadership and management skills.


o  Doctor of Philosophy (FI-EA-LPHD) | Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia (2017)

o  Masters in Science and Technology of Colloids and Interfaces | University of Vigo, Spain (2012)

o  Masters in Quality Management (ISO 9001-2008) and Internal Quality Auditor, Spain (2010)

o  Bachelor of Chemistry Ssciences | School of Science, University of Buenos Aires , Argentina (1993)

Honours, awards and grants

o  2020 Australian Federation of University Women SA Inc. Trust Postdoctoral Grant

o  China–Australia Centre for Health Sciences Research (CACHSR) – CHIEF INVESTIGATOR 2018

o  China–Australia Centre for Health Sciences Research (CACHSR) - 2017

o  UniSA Travel Grant – University of South Australia - 2015

o  PhD Scholarship – International President Scholarship – University of South Australia - 2012

o  Post-Graduate Travel Grant – University of Vigo – 1998/2000/2011

Teaching interests

I am a qualified STEM teacher with over 20 years of experience. I started my teaching career when I was an undergraduate student. Through connecting students learning with their interests, I have been successful in engaging students in learning. I found that incorporating real-world examples into learning of STEM subjects can help students understand why they are in school and how these lessons lead them to achieve their goals. I progressed in my career that began as a helpdesk teacher to a highly competent lecturer and I am currently the Academic Coordinator for the Diploma of Engineering and IT at SAIBT. 

Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Materials for biomedical applications (2)
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Further information

Field Chemistry Technician – wastewater treatment plants - Inserpyme Global (June 2010 – November 2010)

Field Service Consultant - Mira Novas Tecnoloxias S.L. September 2009 – 15 May 2010) 

Business agent and consultant for corporate training and development - Activa Formacion (January 2009 – 22 June 2009) 

Research Assistant - School of Industrial Engineering - University of Vigo July 1998 – June 2008

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