Consorzio Interuniversitario per lo sviluppo dei Sistemi a Grande Interfase
Center for Colloid and Surface Science

Personal information

Position: Permanent Staff


Phone: +39 070 6754407

Location: Cagliari


Fields of Interest and Expertise

  • Applied quantum electrodynamics
  • Theory and computation in interface science
  • Theory of electrodes and electrolytes: capacitance, energy storage.
  • Specific ion effects and ionic dispersion forces.
  • Surface forces and surface roughness.
  • Bioparticle interactions and buffer specific effects
  • Colloid science and mineral processing
  • Prediction of complex soft matter interactions and structures
  • Ion adsorption and physisorption
  • Charge regulation and chemisorption
  • Quantum chemical computation
  • Finite element computation and FEniCS
  • Scientific computation with Debian and Ubuntu Linux



  • Surface Forces and Adsorption
  • Physical Chemistry of Interfaces
  • Theory and Computation in Physical Chemistry
  • Theory of Interfaces and Surface Forces (PhD course)


Curriculum Vitae

  • 1990 - 1994 Research Assistant, development of image analysis software. CSIRO Division of Wool Technology, Ryde Laboratory, Sydney, Australia.
  • 1998 - 1999 Postdoctoral researcher, quantum chemical calculation of hydrogen cracking in zeolite catalysts. Université Henri Poincaré, Nancy,
  • 1999 - 2000 Postdoctoral research, computation of electrolytes in supercriticalwater. University of California, Davis, CA, U.S.A.
  • 2000 - 2002 Business software developer, Place2Trade, Sydney, Australia
  • 2003 - 2004 Science teacher, Knox Grammar School, Sydney, Australia
  • 2004 - 2014 Research Fellow, Department of Applied Mathematics, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University
  • 2015 - 2020 Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering & IT, Murdoch University. 2021 - present Adjunct Professor.
  • 2021 - present, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences, University of Cagliari



  • Adrien Albert Honours Prize in Chemistry, Australian National University, 1992.
  • University Medal, Australian National University, 1992
  • Award of Recognition for contributions to the FEniCS Project, NumFOCUS Awards, 2018





The melting curves of calf thymus-DNA are buffer specific

- Mura M. - Cristina Carucci - Marincola F.C. - Maura Monduzzi - Drew F. Parsons - Andrea Salis
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science

Perspectives on weak interactions in complex materials at different length scales

- Fiedler J. - Berland K. - Borchert J.W. - Corkery R.W. - Eisfeld A. - Gelbwaser-Klimovsky D. - Greve M.M. - Holst B. - Jacobs K. - Krüger M. - Drew F. Parsons - Persson C. - Presselt M. - Reisinger T. - Scheel S. - Stienkemeier F. - Tømterud M. - Walter M. - Weitz R.T. - Zalieckas J.
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

Insights into the reactivity of 2-hydroxycyclobutanones with thiols corroborated by quantum chemical DFT investigations, NMR and Raman analysis

- Porcu S. - Cabua M.C. - Velichko V. - Baltaze J.P. - Frongia A. - Carbonaro C.M. - Ricci P.C. - Drew F. Parsons - Carlone A. - Secci F.
Synthesis (Germany)

The impact of steric repulsion on the total free energy of electric double layer capacitors

- Tadesse D.B. - Drew F. Parsons
Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects

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