Prof. Emmanuel Sinagra

Prof. Emmanuel Sinagra

Prof. Emmanuel Sinagra


Associate Professor

Room 109
Chemistry & Pharmacology Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2396
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.

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

CALIGARI CONTI, M., MALLIA, B., SINAGRA, E., P SCHEMBRI WISMAYER, P., BUHAGIAR. J. and VELLA, D., 2019. - The effect of alloying elements on the properties of pressed and non-pressed biodegradable Fe–Mn–Ag powder metallurgy alloys. - Heliyon, 9(- 9),.

SAMMUT, G., SINAGRA, E., SAPIANO, M., HELMUS, R. and DE VOOGT, P., 2019. Perfluoroalkyl substances in the Maltese environment – (II) sediments, soils and groundwater.

CALIGARI CONTI, M., XERRI, G., PEYROUZET, F., WISMAYER, P.S., SINAGRA, E., MANTOVANI, D., VELLA, D. and BUHAGIAR, J., 2018. Optimisation of fluorapatite coating synthesis applied to a biodegradable substrate. Surface Engineering, , pp. 1-11.

CALIGARI CONTI, M., AQUILINA, D., PATERSON, C., VELLA, D., MONTOVANI, D., CASSAR G., SCHEMBRI WISMAYER, P. and BUHAGIAR, J., 2018. Influence of cold rolling on in vitro cytotoxicity and electrochemical behaviour of an Fe-Mn-C biodegradable alloy in physiological solutions. Heliyon, 4.

HICKLIN, W., FARRUGIA, P.S. and SINAGRA, E., 2018. Investigations of VOCs in and around buildings close to service stations. Atmospheric Environment, 172, pp. 93-101.

SAMMUT, G., SINAGRA, E., HELMUS, R. and DE VOOGT, P., 2017. Perfluoroalkyl substances in the Maltese environment  - (I) surface water and rain water. Science of The Total Environment, .

MICALLEF, R., VELLA, D., SINAGRA, E. and ZAMMIT, G., 2016. Biocalcifying Bacillus subtilis cells effectively consolidate deteriorated Globigerina limestone. Journal of Industrial Microbiology \& Biotechnology, , pp. 1-12.

BARTOLO, N., SINAGRA, E. and 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. and SINAGRA, E., 2013. Coating of diamond particles for production of metal matrix composites. Surface Engineering, 29(3), pp. 244-246.

BUHAGIAR, J., SPITERI, A., SACCO, M., SINAGRA, E. and DONG, H., 2012. Augmentation of crevice corrosion resistance of medical grade 316LVM stainless steel by plasma carburising. Corrosion Science, 59, pp. 1-36.

CAMILLERI, J., KRALJ, P., VEBER, M. and SINAGRA, E., 2012. Characterization and analyses of acid‐extractable and leached trace elements in dental cements. International Endodontic Journal, 45(3), pp. 737-743.

FORMOSA, D., HUNGER, R., SPITERI, A., DONG, H., SINAGRA, E. and BUHAGIAR, J., 2012. Corrosion behaviour of carbon S-phase created on Ni-free biomedical stainless steel. Surface and Coatings Technology, 206(16), pp. 3479-3487.

FARRUGIA, C., MIFSUD, J. and SINAGRA, E., 2005. Gelatin nanoparticle production: an in-process study using size exclusion chromatography. Xjenza, 2(1), pp. 15-20.

OTTEWILL, R., SINAGRA, E., MACDONALD, I., MARSH, J. and HEENAN, R., 1992. Small-angle neutron-scattering studies on nonaqueous dispersions Part 5: Magnesium carbonate dispersions in hydrocarbon media. Colloid & Polymer Science, 270(6), pp. 602-608.

  • CHE1330 - Principles of Physical Chemistry
  • CHE1815 - Research and Communication Skills for Chemists
  • CHE2075 - Introductory Environmental Chemistry
  • CHE2240 - Spectroscopic Analysis and Instrumentation
  • CHE3130 - Physical Chemistry of Liquids and Solutions
  • CHE3135 - Physical Chemistry of Liquids and Solutions
  • CHE3412 - Chemistry of Polymers
  • CHE3414 - Catalysis
  • CHE3416 - Chemistry and Material Properties of Polymers
  • SCI3501 - Academic Writing and Statistical Techniques for Scientific Research
  • SCI3503 - Public Speaking and Presentations Skills for Scientists
Other University Responsibilities:

Prof. Sinagra 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
  • 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 Society.

Education and Scientific Networks:

  • University of Malta representative on the European Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
    Education Network
  • MVice President of the European Chemistry Thematic Network Association

National Boards and Committees

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

  • Chairman of the Pesticides Control Board
  • Member of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Focal Point Board
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Environment
  • University of Malta observer on the Food Safety Commission


  • Member of the Board of Governors of the Joint Research Centre
    of the European Commission
  • Reviewer for a number of international peer-reviewed journals