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Prof. Emmanuel Sinagra
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Prof. Emmanuel Sinagra

Prof. Emmanuel Sinagra


Associate Professor
Faculty of Science
Room 109
Chemistry & Pharmacology Building
University of Malta
contact+356 2340 2396

Head of Department
Faculty of Science
Room 109
Chemistry & Pharmacology Building
University of Malta
contact+356 2340 2396

Deputy Dean
Faculty of Science
Room 109
Chemistry & Pharmacology Building
University of Malta
contact+356 2340 2396

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Prof. Emmanuel Sinagra graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1986 with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Chemistry with Environmental Science. In the same year he was awarded a Science and Engineering Research Council grant to enable him to do a M.Sc. course in Surfaces and Colloids. After obtaining his M.Sc. in 1987, he was awarded a studentship by Exxon Chemicals to assist him in his studies for a Ph.D. which he obtained in December 1992. During 1992, Prof. Sinagra was employed with the University of Bristol as a Research Associate on a project supported by British Nuclear Fuels.

In 1993, Prof. Sinagra joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Malta as lecturer, became senior lecturer in 1998 and recently became associate professor in 2011. His teaching interests have been in the areas of physical chemistry, polymer chemistry as well as environmental chemistry. Prof. Sinagra has tutored a number of students doing research at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

He has been head of the Department of Chemistry since 2008 and deputy dean of the Faculty of Science since 2009. Prof. Sinagra is also Chairman of the Faculty of Science M.Sc. Committee as well as the Faculty's Doctoral Committee.

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry of Proteins in Solution
  • Protein-Surfactant Interactions
  • Surface Coatings
  • Limestone Remediation

Selected Publications

Sammut, G., Sinagra, E., Helmus, R. & de Voogt, P. 2017, "Perfluoroalkyl substances in the Maltese environmentâEUR"(I) surface water and rain water", Science of The Total Environment, .

Micallef, R., Vella, D., Sinagra, E. & Zammit, G. 2016, "Biocalcifying Bacillus subtilis cells effectively consolidate deteriorated Globigerina limestone", Journal of Industrial Microbiology \& Biotechnology, , pp. 1-12.

Bartolo, N., Sinagra, E. & Mallia, B. 2014, "Optimising sulfuric acid hard coat anodising for an Al-Mg-Si wrought aluminium alloy", Mater Sci-Pol, .

Grech, D., Abela, S., Attard, M. & Sinagra, E. 2013, "Coating of diamond particles for production of metal matrix composites", Surface Engineering, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 244-246.

Buhagiar, J., Spiteri, A., Sacco, M., Sinagra, E. & Dong, H. 2012, "Augmentation of crevice corrosion resistance of medical grade 316LVM stainless steel by plasma carburising", Corrosion Science, vol. 59, pp. 1-36.

Camilleri, J., Kralj, P., Veber, M. & Sinagra, E. 2012, "Characterization and analyses of acid-extractable and leached trace elements in dental cements", International Endodontic Journal, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 737-743.

Formosa, D., Hunger, R., Spiteri, A., Dong, H., Sinagra, E. & Buhagiar, J. 2012, "Corrosion behaviour of carbon S-phase created on Ni-free biomedical stainless steel", Surface and Coatings Technology, vol. 206, no. 16, pp. 3479-3487.

Cortis, R., Farrugia, C.A. & Sinagra, E. 2008, "The influence of pH, temperature and salt on the ethanolic desolvation of dilute gelatin solutions", Proceedings of the Sixth World Meeting on Pharmaceutics, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology.

Farrugia, C., Mifsud, J. & Sinagra, E. 2005, "Gelatin nanoparticle production: an in-process study using size exclusion chromatography", Xjenza, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 15-20.

Ottewill, R., Sinagra, E., MacDonald, I., Marsh, J. & Heenan, R. 1992, "Small-angle neutron-scattering studies on nonaqueous dispersions Part 5: Magnesium carbonate dispersions in hydrocarbon media", Colloid & Polymer Science, vol. 270, no. 6, pp. 602-608.


Other University Responsibilities:

Prof. Sinagra is project leader for ERDF 309 (Strengthening the Organic, Inorganic and
Physical Chemistry Facilities) and also has a number of responsibilities outside the Faculty
of Science:

  • Chairman of the Institute for Sustainable Energy
  • Chairman of the Board of the Junior College
  • Chairman of the Web Editorial Board of the University of Malta
  • Member of the Board of the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Biobanking
  • Member of the Board of the Centre for Liberal Arts and Science


Prof. Sinagra is a Fellow of the Institute of Science and Technology as well as the Royal
Society of Chemistry and a Chartered Chemist and Scientist through the

Education and Scientific Networks:

  • University of Malta representative on the European Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
    Education Network
  • Member of the Administrative Council of the European Chemistry Thematic Network

National Boards and Committees

Presently, Prof. Sinagra is a member of the following National Boards:

  • Chairman of the Malta Government Scholarship Scheme
  • Member of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Focal Point Board
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Malta Council for Science and
  • Member of the Board of Governors of the National Education for Sustainable
    Development Strategy


  • Member of the Board of Governors of the Joint Research Centre
    of the European Commission
  • Member of the COST Scientific Council
  • Reviewer for International Journals in the field of Colloids and Surfaces


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