Chemistry and Biophysics

chemistry-biophysics.jpg We are an experimentally focused research grouping, with interests spanning from synthesis at the molecular and mesoscopic levels, to the development and application of state-of-the art tools for molecular analysis and manipulation. We collaborate widely, providing enabling tools and expertise across the College of Sciences and beyond.

For more information about our research activity, select individual researchers' names below.

Our expertise

Advanced spectroscopy and light scattering

IFS houses New Zealand’s most advanced NMR facilities with a 700 MHZ Bruker system equipped with cryoprobe for sensitivity.  Raman spectroscopy facilities include homebuilt microscopy and ultralow frequency (terahertz) Raman spectroscopy. Diffusing wave and dynamic light scattering apparatus are complemented by state-of-the-art optical tweezers facilities. Our experts collaborate with institutes and colleges within Massey (food science and technology, equine physiology, exercise science); within New Zealand as part of the MacDiarmid and Riddet Institutes; and internationally.

Contact A/Pro Mark Waterland


Molecular biophysics and structural biology

Our research in molecular biophysics and structural biology combines state-of-the-art crystallographic, NMR, computational, biochemical, and biophysical approaches to study biomolecular structure, dynamics and interactions. Research interests include proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and ligands, and stretches from single molecule work using AFM and Optical Tweezers, to investigating the properties of macromolecular assemblies. Find out more about the Centre for Structural Biology.

Contact Prof Geoff Jameson


Supramolecular and nanomaterials

We do world-leading research in supramolecular chemistry and nanomaterials.  Metallosupramolecular chemistry –  using transition metal ions to build up supramolecular architectures – is a prominent focal point and both discrete assemblies (such as helicates) and infinite frameworks (such as porous metal-organic frameworks) are targeted.  Applications in the areas of molecular magnets, solar cell dyes, optical materials, gas storage and catalysis are emerging.  

Contact Pro Shane Telfer


Chemical synthesis and chemical biology

Research in chemical synthesis feeds into three discrete, but equally significant, areas: Fundamental research; targeted synthesis; and synthetic methodology. Our research focuses on: developing novel molecules for drug delivery, sensors, anion recognition and binding as well as new materials for organic light emitting diodes (OLED), gas storage, stereoselective catalysis and single molecule magnets.

Contact A/Prof Gareth Rowlands

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