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The Joyce, Lady Waters School of Chemical Sciences


Research work within the Polymer Research Centre (PERC) is characterised by a multidisciplinary approach to Polymer Electronics. Experts with a range of skills from across The University of Auckland work together with national and international collaborators on projects at the cutting edge of Polymer Electronics.

The research projects span areas from a fundamental understanding of polymer electronics, biomedical applications of conducting polymers and nanomaterials, to composite plastics for smart packaging and organic electronic devices.

  • Gene Biosensors

    Novel DNA sensor technologies based on conducting polymers, photoluminescent polymers and inorganic crystals for rapid and sensitive gene detection.

  • Sensing Oxidants and Antioxidants

    Electrochemical based sensor technologies using inert electrodes and conducting polymers as redox mediators.

  • Responsive Membranes / Hybrid Plastics

    Incorporation of conducting polymers and nanoparticles into conventional plastics to create composites with antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.

  • Nanostructured Materials

    Investigation of self-assembled conducting polymer systems and applications that exploit their structural characteristics.

  • Microfabrication

    Project work involving the University of Auckland Microfab facility and clean room.