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School of Chemical Sciences


  • Deputy Dean appointed MBIE Chief Science Advisor
    28 August 2013
    Professor Jim Metson, Deputy Dean of The University of Auckland’s Faculty of Science, has been appointed Chief Science Advisor for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
  • National award for teaching excellence
    10 July 2013
    Associate Professor Cather Simpson, of the School of Chemical Sciences and Department of Physics, is one of three top University of Auckland lecturers to have won 2013 national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.
  • High-tech agriculture
    04 June 2013
    Photon Factory discover a simple method for farmers to choose the sex of their animals
  • Chemical Sciences showcase
    30 May 2013
    On June 12 the School of Chemical Sciences will hold its fifth Annual Research Showcase.
  • An excellent teacher
    06 May 2013
    Associate Professor Cather Simpson, who holds co-appointments in the School of Chemical Sciences and Department of Physics, received a 2012 Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award at the Science Faculty graduation ceremony today.
  • Top Doctoral Theses Awarded Vice-Chancellor’s Prize
    01 May 2013
    The five top University of Auckland PhD theses for 2012 will be presented at the University’s ‘Celebrating Research Excellence’ function to be held today 5-7pm at the marquee on Old Government House lawn.
  • New Chemistry labs
    28 March 2013
    The University’s new Chemistry labs are open for business in the Science building.
  • Applications flood in for the Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition
    20 March 2013
    Applications for the Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition have increased seventy percent from last year, resulting in an an almost 40 percent increase in enrolments.
  • Science honours for Auckland researchers
    22 November 2012
    The University of Auckland is celebrating the success of its researchers who received seven medals at the Science Honours Dinner, including the top award.
  • Scientist wins Rutherford medal
    22 November 2012
    Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble from the School of Chemical Sciences and Maurice Wilkins Centre of Molecular Biodiscovery has won the Rutherford Medal, the highest award of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
  • Upper North Island wines shine at competition
    16 October 2012
    Expatrius Blend of 8, 2010, from First Growth Ltd’s Waiheke Island vineyard won both trophies at the 2012 Upper North Island Wine Challenge (UNIWC) awards dinner at Old Government House on Saturday evening.
  • Huge win for miniature manufacturing
    28 September 2012
    Manufacturing on a miniature scale has huge economic potential, and a team of researchers led by Dr Cather Simpson, Director of the Photon Factory, has won a major grant to transfer its high-tech research in this field to local companies.
  • New Zealand excellence in drug discovery attracts Asian science leaders
    24 August 2012
    A large delegation of science leaders from Asian industrial capitals is today visiting the Maurice Wilkins Centre to build relationships that will link New Zealand inventors into innovation networks within Asia.
  • Machines trump hand-harvest for Sauvignon blanc
    19 June 2012
    The traditional view that hand picking of grapes is needed to produce the best wine is being challenged, with research showing that machine harvesting produces higher levels of the aromas characteristic of award-winning New Zealand Sauvignon blanc.
  • 2011 Upper North Island Wine Competition
    07 November 2011
    Ti Point Vineyard’s 2010 Ti Point One Merlot Cabernet franc and Omaha Bay Vineyard’s 2009 Pinot gris, both from Matakana, were named the champion red and white wines of the 2011 Upper North Island Wine Competition at Old Government House on Satur
  • Iconic wine estate to become part of The University of Auckland
    15 July 2011
    The University of Auckland is positioned to become the Southern Hemisphere’s premium wine science facility thanks to the vision of pioneering Waiheke winemakers Kim and Jeanette Goldwater.
  • New name reflects chemistry’s breadth
    29 April 2011
    With activities ranging from micro-scale manufacturing to wine aroma analysis, crime scene research, and the synthesis of new drugs, the Department of Chemistry has outgrown its old name and will now be known as the School of Chemical Sciences.
  • University hosts inaugural Upper North Island wine awards
    04 October 2010
    The inaugural Upper North Island Wine Challenge awards – for wines from Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty – were held at The University of Auckland on Saturday evening.
  • Marsden fund supports science projects worth $3.1 million
    04 October 2010
    Seven research projects from the Faculty of Science were awarded a total of $3.1 million over the next three years in the 2010 Marsden Fund round.
  • Public lecture on the chemistry that links boron and blood
    17 August 2010
    A childhood fascination with crystals sparked Penny Brothers’ interest in chemistry and now she has been promoted to professor of inorganic chemistry at The University of Auckland.