School of Physical and Chemical Sciences Te Kura Matū Seminar Series

This is the eighth in a series of joint school seminars showcasing SPCS research …..


Alison Downard and Adrian McDonald


School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Time & Place

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 12:00:26 NZDT in West 701, level 7

All are welcome


Alison Downard

It’s all superficial

Our research in surface chemistry aims to alter the properties of a material’s surface (or near surface) while leaving the bulk properties unaffected. This talk will give an overview of some of our surface modification projects ranging from tuning the surface band bending of metal oxide semiconductors, to creating more effective electrocatalysts, to controlling the corrosion rate of biomedical implants to improving the capacitance of graphene materials for supercapacitors.


Adrian McDonald

Understanding physical processes impacting Antarctic, Southern Ocean and New Zealand climate

 This talk gives a general description of the research work that my group completes on Southern hemisphere climate studies. I will discuss a range of research efforts that focus on using observations to develop a greater understanding of the physical processes that underlie climate change models. In particular, I will focus on issues connected to the simulation of clouds over the Southern Ocean, their misrepresentation in models and how improvements in the simulations of clouds can improve the quality of climate projections over New Zealand.

All Welcome