Welcome to the 9th Annual School of Chemistry Research Showcase

Associate Professor Gordon Miskelly

I am very pleased to welcome you to the 9th Annual School of Chemical Sciences Research Showcase. 

Our Showcase provides an opportunity for us to share our excitement about research with the broad Chemical Sciences community. 

We welcome our research students and fellows, commercial suppliers and research partners, along with all other attendees who wish to learn about our research. 

Over 100 PhD students from our School will be presenting their research in interdisciplinary areas such as Food Science, Forensic Science, Green Chemical Science, Materials Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, and Wine Science, as well as in the traditional disciplines of Analytical, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry. 

Eight PhD students have been invited to give 15-minute presentations on their research, while all our first-year PhD students will give 2-minute “Thesis Challenge” talks which give an insight into the breadth of research activities in our School. 

A major component of the day is the poster display, which features the research of most of our PhD students. Please take the opportunity to read the posters and talk with the presenters. 

From previous experience I know that there will be eye-opening and inspiring research on display.

This Showcase is close to the anniversary of our School moving most of our research activity into the Science Centre complex including the new Building 302. 

The new laboratory facilities are a big step forward in design and safety, and provide a platform for innovative research in the years ahead.

We still maintain key facilities on Waiheke (Wine Science programme) and at Newmarket (Polymers and materials research) as well as interdisciplinary laboratories shared with Biological Sciences, Engineering and Physics.

That good news about our facilities complements our successes in seeking research funding and engaging a talented pool of postgraduate students and research scholars. 

I am sure that you will sense the energy and enthusiasm in our students as they discuss their projects.

Finally, I thank the members of the Research Showcase Committee, and especially the Chair Dr. Bruno Fedrizzi for organising this celebration of our research. 

Associate Professor Gordon Miskelly
Head Of School, Chemical Sciences