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Dr Magdalena Wajrak


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5654, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.352
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5654
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5070
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.352  


Magdalena is a Lecturer in Chemistry within the School of Science.

Current Teaching

  • SCC1123 - Chemistry for the Life Sciences
  • SCC1111 - General Chemistry
  • SCC1201 - Chemistry: Structure and Reactions
  • SCC3202 - Environmental Chemistry and Analysis
  • SCC3304 - Chemistry Project
  • SCI3120 - Natural Sciences Project


  • 2005-present: Chemistry Lecturer (Level B), School of Natural Sciences, ECU, WA
  • 2001-2001: Chemistry Lecturer (Level B), Chemistry Department, University of New England, NSW
  • 2000-2001: Online Tutor Designer, CADRE Pty Ltd, Sydney, NSW; Research Officer, Monitoring Technologies International, Osborne Park, WA
  • 1999-2000: Computing Lecturer (Level A), Kurongkurl Katitjin School, ECU, WA
  • 1998-1999: Research Officer, Dr Judy Edwards, MLA, Maylands, WA
  • 1995-2004: Sessional Chemistry Tutor and Demonstrator, School of Natural Sciences, ECU, WA

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (MRACI C CHEM)
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Radiochemical Engineering (AIRE), Radiochemistry Education Committee
  • Member of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia (HERDSA)
  • Member of the Advancing Science by Enhancing Learning in the Laboratory Project (ASELL)

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2014-2015: Inspiring and Motivating Indigenous Students to Study Science at Tertiary, Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP), $87,936.
  • 2012: Office for Learning and Teaching, Australian Awards for University Teaching - '2012 Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning'
  • 2010: Development of Chemical Demonstrations Booklet and running PD workshops for high school lab technicians, ECU Visiting Scholar Grant, Mr Tim Harrison, Bristol University, UK, $2,693
  • 2007: National Teaching Award - ‘2007 Pearson Education RACI Chemical Educator of the Year Award’
  • 2006: Development of novel experiment for third-year environmental chemistry unit, which teaches students new skills and theory of solid phase microextraction of pesticides, ECU Visiting Scholar Grant, Dr Ian Jamie, Macquarie University, NSW, $1,170
  • 2003-2010: Improving the teaching and learning and development of teaching resources for chemistry students at ECU, ECU Teaching and Learning Grants, $26,096
  • 2003: National Teaching Award - ‘The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Centenary of Federation Teaching (Tertiary) Award in Chemistry’
  • 2004: ECU Award - The Vice-Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award

National and International Research Positions

  • 2010: HERDSA Fellow

Research Areas and Interests


  • Voltammetric methods for low level detection of arsenic and lead in water and soil samples.
  • Voltammetric method for the detection of barium, lead and antimony in gunshot residues.
  • Investigation of the factors that affect deposition of arsenic on the surface of solid gold electrode.

Chemical Education and Chemistry Outreach

  • Designing multimedia chemistry teaching resources, novel experiments and lecture demonstrations for chemistry students.
  • Inspiring Aboriginal students about science through 'Old Ways, New Ways' Program in collaboration with Jason Barrow from Kurongkurl Katitjin School and Caroline Bishop from Engagement
  • Presenting 'Chemistry Magic Shows' for schools and general public
  • Teacher professional development in collaboration with Mr Tim Harrison from Bristol University, UK


  • Diploma in Education, Edith Cowan University, 2001.
  • PhD, The University of Western Australia, 2001.
  • Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, The University of Western Australia, 1992.


Recent Research Grants

  • National Indigenous Science Engagement Program (NISEP) - Engaging Rural, Region and Indigenous Communities in Science,  The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education ,  DIISRTE - Grant,  2012 - 2015,  $802,000.
  • Australian Synchrotron Access Program,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Special Research Initiative in Synchrotron Science - 2012,  2012 - 2015,  $57,928,988.
  • Evaluation of Dewatech Water Treatment Plant - Laboratory Tests to Evaluate the Adsorption Capacity of DM165,  The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education ,  Enterprise Connect - RiB,  2013,  $32,226.
  • Investigating factors which affect electrodeposition of arsenic film on solid gold electrode using SIMS instrument.,  Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering,  Grant,  2012,  $9,300.
  • Quantitative surface depth profiling of electrochemically deposited arsenic on gold electrode using ERD analysis,  Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering,  Grant,  2011,  $6,936.
  • Investigation of Arsenic Film Electrodeposited on Solid Gold Electrode Using Sims Instrument,  Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering,  Grant,  2010,  $13,675.
  • Investigating the Surface of Gold Electrode Subjected to Electrochemical Processes Using Soft X-Ray,  Australian Synchrotron,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $1,486.
  • Investigation of the chemical profile of the gold electrode in ASV detection of arsenic,  Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $10,425.
  • Investigation of conditioning methods on the gold electrode surface employed in electro analyses of arsenic.,  Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering,  Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $13,525.
  • The development of accurate and reliable infield methods for the detection of arsenic in ground water using simple and inexpensive electroanalytical method called 'anodic stripping voltammetry'.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2003 - 2004,  $5,500.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Lonsdale, W., Wajrak, M., Alameh, K., (2017), Effect of conditioning protocol, redox species and material thickness on the pH sensitivity and hysteresis of sputtered RuO2 electrodes. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical: international journal devoted to research and development of physical and chemical transducers, 252(November 2017), 251-256, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.snb.2017.05.171.
  • Lonsdale, W., Maurya, D., Wajrak, M., Alameh, K., (2017), Effect of ordered mesoporous carbon contact layer on the sensing performance of sputtered RuO2 thin film pH sensor. Talanta, 164(1), 52-56, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.talanta.2016.11.020.
  • Robertson, F., Barrow, J., Wajrak, M., Nannup, N., Bishop, C., Nannup, A., (2017), Participatory Action and Dual Lens Research. Qualitative Research Journal, 17(4), 283-293, Bingley, United Kingdom, Emerald Publishing Limited, DOI: 10.1108/QRJ-12-2016-0075.
  • Lonsdale, W., Wajrak, M., Alameh, K., (2017), RuO2 pH Sensor with Super-Glue-Inspired Reference Electrode. Sensors, 17(9), Article No. 2036, Basel, Switzerland, MDPIAG, DOI: 10.3390/s17092036.
  • Lonsdale, W., Maurya, D., Wajrak, M., Tay, CY., Marshall, B., Alameh, K., (2017), Rapid measurement of urease activity using a potentiometric RuO2 pH sensor for detection of Helicobacter pylori. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical: international journal devoted to research and development of physical and chemical transducers, 242(1 April 2017), 1305-1308, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.snb.2016.06.024.
  • Chandler, G., Wajrak, M., Khan, N., (2015), Neutron Diffraction Structures of Water in Crystalline Hydrates of Metal Salts. Acta Crystallgraphica Section B, 71(1 June 2015), 275-284, Chester, UK, CrossMark, DOI: 10.1107/S2052520615005387.
  • Lonsdale, W., Wajrak, M., Ridgway, S., (2015), Onsite Measurement of Lead in Gunshot Residues Using Linear Sweep Voltammetry. Modern Environmental Science and Engineering, 1(4), 192-195, USA, Academic Star Publishing Company, DOI: 10.15341/mese(2333-2581)/04.01.2015/005.
  • Lonsdale, W., Wajrak, M., Mate, J., (2015), Measurement of Urinary Nickel and Cobalt using Square Wave Adsorptive Cathodic Stripping Voltammetry and UV Sample Digestion. Modern Environmental Science and Engineering, 1(3), 117-122, USA, Academic Star Publishing Company, DOI: 10.15341/mese(2333-2581)/03.01.2015/002.
  • Lewtas, P., Fujikawa, Y., Wajrak, M., (2015), Stripping Voltammetry for On-Site Analysis of Heavy Metals: Working Electrode and Automation Options. Journal of Environmental Conservation Engineering, 44(10), 537-544, Osaka-shi, Japan, Kankyo Gijutsu Kenkyu Kyokai.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor


Associate Supervisor

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