People

Members of the Materials Cluster are drawn from across the University of Canterbury and include researchers from the following

Catherine Bishop

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Materials science
- Ferroelectric phase transformations
- Microstructure property relations ...

Ben Kennedy

Associate Professor
Physical Volcanology
Fields of Research:
- Physical volcanology and fieldwork
- Geoscience education
- Experimental volcanology- melting ...

David Leung

Associate Professor
Biotechnology
Fields of Research:
- Applications of plant tissue culture, e.g., micropropagation
- Carbohydrate ...

Matt James Watson

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Domestic production of tree syrup
- Energy optimization and process economics
- Magnesia ...

Maan Alkaisi

Professor
EEE First Professional Year Coordinator
Fields of Research:
- Micro and nanofabrication technologies
- Bio-nanotechnologies
- Nanometer scale devices
- Solar ...

Martin Allen

Associate Professor
Intermediate Year Coordinator
Fields of Research:
- The physical properties and device applications of metal oxide semiconductors
- The ...

Clemens Altaner

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Wood / Timber
- Natural durability / Wood extractives / Heartwood
- Non-destructive tools for ...

Catherine Bishop

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Materials science
- Ferroelectric phase transformations
- Microstructure property relations ...

Simon Brown

Professor
Fields of Research:
- Nanotechnology
- Atomic clusters
- Percolation
- Topological materials
- Scanning Tunneling ...

Jace Carson

Research Consultant

Don Clucas

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Additive Manufacture
- Alternative Energy
- Stirling Cycle Engines
- 3d ...

Matthew Cowan

Senior Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Materials for use in energy-related applications
- Separation of hydrocarbons
- Membranes for ...

Deborah Crittenden

Senior Lecturer
Research Interests:
My research interests lie in:
- the development and application of new theoretical methods and algorithms for modelling quantum properties of ...

Owen Curnow

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Ionic liquids
- Homogeneous catalysis
- Organometallic chemistry
- Phosphorus coordination ...

Tim Davies

Professor
Natural Hazards
Fields of Research:
- Rock mechanics
- Fault dynamics
- Coseismic landslides
- rock and debris avalanche ...

Renwick Dobson

Professor
Biochemistry
Fields of Research:
- Enzymology
- Enzyme evolution and Enzyme design
- Structural biology
- Biophysics

Alison Downard

Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Fields of Research:
- Nanoscale grafted layers
- Electrochemistry
- Surface chemistry
- Carbon materials
- Metal ...

Antony Fairbanks

Professor
Fields of Research:
- Synthetic organic chemistry
- Chemical Biology
- Carbohydrate chemistry
- Oligosaccharide ...

Conan Fee

Head of School
Professor
Fields of Research:
- 3D Printing of porous media, including chromatography media
- Bioseparations ...

Christopher Fitchett

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Organic Synthesis
- Organic Electronics
- Solar Cells
- Supramolecular Chemistry
- Asymmetric ...

Sally Gaw

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Environmental Chemistry
- Fate and behaviour of contaminants in the environment
- Human ...

Vladimir Golovko

Associate Professor
Director of Research
Research Interests:
Research interests include the synthesis of novel multifunctional metal clusters, complexes and colloids; catalytic studies; nanotechnology ...

Richard Hartshorn

Professor
School of Physical and Chemical Sciences Safety Officer
Fields of Research:
- Anti-cancer drug design
- Bio-inorganic chemistry
- Co-ordination chemistry
- Inorganic ...

Jack Heinemann

Professor
Genetics
Fields of Research:
- Microbial genetics and evolution
- Horizontal gene transfer
- Risk assessment especially of ...

Daniel Holland

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- particulate flow
- CFD for multiphase flow
- manufacture of fertilisers
- signal processing for ...

Travis Horton

Associate Professor
Environmental Geochemistry
Fields of Research:
- Animal migration
- Earth system science
- Hydrothermal fluid flow
- Stable isotope ...

Tim Huber

Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Biobased and sustainable materials (biopolymers, bio-based composites)
- Bio-inspired design ...

Mark Jermy

Professor
Deputy Head of Department
Fields of Research:
- Industrial aerodynamics and hydrodynamics
- CFD (Computational fluid dynamics)
- Droplet and ...

Ben Kennedy

Associate Professor
Physical Volcanology
Fields of Research:
- Physical volcanology and fieldwork
- Geoscience education
- Experimental volcanology- melting ...

Milo Kral

Professor
International Director of Studies
Fields of Research:
- Aluminium casting alloy processes and properties
- High temperature alloys
- Magnesium alloy ...

Paul Kruger

Professor
Fields of Research:
- Metallo-supramolecular and Coordination Chemistry
- Coordination polymers and porous ...

Susan Krumdieck

Professor
Director of Studies 1st Professional Year
Fields of Research:
- Transition Engineering
- Energy Transition in Buildings and Urban Form
- Energy Transition in ...

Chin-Long Lee

Senior Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Earthquake Engineering
- Nonlinear Structural Analysis
- Computational Mechanics
- Steel and ...

David Leung

Associate Professor
Biotechnology
Fields of Research:
- Applications of plant tissue culture, e.g., micropropagation
- Carbohydrate ...

Giuseppe Loporcaro

Lecturer, Architectural Engineering
Fields of Research:
- Building Information Modelling (BIM)
- Low-cycle fatigue of metals
- Materials for ...

Aaron Marshall

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Redox flow batteries
- Photoelectrochemical redox batteries
- Electrocatalytic CO2 reduction ...

Dr Rodrigo Martinez Gazoni

Research Fellow
Fields of Research:
- Transparent conducting oxides
- Material science
- Growth of semiconductors by molecular beam ...

Euan Mason

Professor
Fields of Research:
- Artificial intelligence applications
- Establishment and tending of forests
- Forestry ...

Sarah Masters

Associate Professor
Director of Postgraduate Studies
Fields of Research:
- Gas Electron Diffraction
- Computational Chemistry
- Structural Methods
- Generation and ...

Hamish McGowan

Business Development Manager

Miguel Moyers Gonzalez

Associate Professor
Postgraduate Co-ordinator
Fields of Research:
- Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics
- Hydrodynamic stability of complex fluids
- Computational ...

Deborah Munro

Senior Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Sports, rehabilitative, and occupational biomechanics
- Orthopaedic implant and instrument ...

Alex Nichols

Senior Lecturer
Petrology
Fields of Research:
- Volatile behaviour in magmatic systems
- Generation and cross-arc variability of subduction ...

Volker Nock

Associate Professor
Rutherford Discovery Fellow
Fields of Research:
- Microfabrication: Photo-Lithography and Soft-Lithography
- Applied microfluidics
- Biomedical ...

Bartosz Nowak

Lecturer

Alessandro Palermo

Professor
Postgraduate Research Director
Fields of Research:
- Bridge Engineering
- Seismic resistant low-damage technologies
- Post-tensioned timber ...

Konstantin Pavlov

Dr of Physics
Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Physics
Fields of Research:
- X-ray physics
- Phase contrast imaging and tomography
- X-ray dynamical diffraction
- Coherent ...

Shusheng Pang

Professor
Fields of Research:
- Drying fundamentals and technologies
- Gas absorption process
- Heat and mass transfer ...

Matthew Polson

Compliance and Instrument Technician
Research Interests:
Throughout my chemistry career I have been gaining the many skills required to investigate transition metal polypyridyl complexes. My PhD thesis was ...

Roger Reeves

Professor
100 level supervisor
Fields of Research:
- General spectroscopy using lasers to cover ultraviolet, visible and infrared spectral ...

Mike Reid

Professor
Fields of Research:
- Electronic structure and optical properties of lanthanide (rare-earth) ...

Greg Russell

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Computer modelling of reaction kinetics
- Emulsion polymerisation
- Free-radical ...

Mofreh Saleh

Director of Studies, Transportation
Fields of Research:
- Asphaltic concrete materials
- Finite elements modelling for pavement materials
- Pavement ...

Allan Scott

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Durability of reinforced concrete structures
- Concrete materials
- Corrosion of metals

Mathieu Sellier

Professor
Head of Department
Fields of Research:
- Free surface flows
- Material forming
- Numerical methods
- Optimal shape design
- Scientific ...

Marie Squire

Technical Officer

Mark Staiger

Associate Professor
Director of Studies 3rd Professional Year
Fields of Research:
- Biomedical materials (biodegradable metals/magnesium/nanofibres/coatings)
- Electrospun ...

Tim Sullivan

Professor
Director of Studies (Earthquake Engineering) Taught Masters Programme Director
Fields of Research:
- Fundamentals of Seismic Design Methods
- Displacement-based design
- Capacity ...

Digby Symons

Associate Professor
Director of Final Year Research & Development Projects

Heather Thomas

Research Consultant

Marlene Villeneuve

Engineering Geology
Fields of Research:
- Theoretical and applied rock mechanics
- Underground construction
- Reservoir Geomechanics and ...

Rebecca Warr

Business Development Manager

Matt James Watson

Associate Professor
Fields of Research:
- Domestic production of tree syrup
- Energy optimization and process economics
- Magnesia ...

Jon-Paul Wells

Professor
Fields of Research:
- Free electron laser spectroscopy
- Interferometry and applications
- Optoelectronic ...

Bryce Williamson

Dean of Postgraduate Research
Professor
Fields of Research:
- Chemical applications of group theory
- Molecular electronic spectroscopy
- Matrix-isolation ...

Alex Yip

Associate Professor
Director of Third Professional Year Studies
Fields of Research:
- Water-gas shift reaction
- Environmental catalysis using advanced oxidation ...
  • Marzi Anjomrouz, MARS

mm.anjom@gmail.com

  • Paula Brooksby, CHEM

paula.brooksby@canterbury.ac.nz

  • Robert Doesburg, MARS

robertd@actrix.co.nz