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Associate Professor Gordon Mark Miskelly

BSc(Hons)/PhD (Otago)

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Research | Current

Gordon Miskelly's research focuses on two main areas

  • The application of coordination chemistry and analytical chemistry to practical problems
  • The development of electrocatalysts and sensors via rational design.

Postgraduate supervision

Projects on offer

  • Modified Semiconductor Surfaces
    This project looks at the effect of attaching discrete, well-defined molecules to semiconductors. The ability to attach discrete complexes to the surface allows us to alter surface properties such as charge and hydrophilicity in a controlled fashion, and also allows us to engineer catalytic or sensor sites on the normally unreactive semiconductor surface. Our current focus is on modification of porous silicon surfaces for use as sensors.
  • Metalloporphyrin Chemistry
    This project is investigating the reactivity of porphyrins with positive charge positioned close to the central metal binding site. The positively charged groups can act to increase anionic ligand binding, and cocrystallisation of these porphyrins with tetraanionic metal complexes is being investigated as a method of engineering one-dimensional structures. Certain of these cationic porphyrins can act as proton donors to bound ligands such as O2 or CO2, and these complexes could then act as electrocatalysts for O2 or CO2 reduction.
  • Forensic Chemistry
    Projects in this area include characterising compounds used for the detection of latent fingerprints, increasing the selectivity of the luminol chemiluminescence test for blood, and multi-variate fingerprinting of natural or manufactured materials. Most of these projects are available for chemistry graduate students as well as forensic science students.


  • Deputy Director, Forensic Science

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Peng, S., Jurgens, E., Pope, H., Rodgers, S., & Miskelly, G. M. (2018). Isolation of the anionic toxin monofluoroacetate from a decontamination foam matrix. Microchemical Journal, 142, 258-264. 10.1016/j.microc.2018.07.004
  • Hamid, R. D., Miskelly, G. M., Hadzir, N. M., Mohamad Hanapi, N. S., & Swedlund, P. J. (2018). From swollen gels to dried films: Relating the IR spectra of ferrihydrite dried as a film on an ATRIR crystal to aqueous suspensions. Applied Geochemistry, 91, 89-96. 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2017.12.017
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Swedlund
  • Nair, M. V., & Miskelly, G. M. (2017). AIRBORNE METHAMPHETAMINE SAMPLING USING CAPILLARY MICROEXTRACTION. Paper presented at 21st Triennial Meeting of the International-Association-of-Forensic-Sciences (IAFS), Toronto, CANADA. 21 August - 25 August 2017. FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL. (pp. 1).
  • Han, C. H., Khwaounjoo, P., Hill, A. G., Miskelly, G. M., & McKeage, M. (2017). Predicting effects on oxaliplatin clearance: In vitro, kinetic and clinical studies of calcium- and magnesium-mediated oxaliplatin degradation. Scientific Reports, 7 (1)10.1038/s41598-017-04383-4
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark McKeage, Catherine Han
  • Nair, M. V., & Miskelly, G. M. (2016). Capillary microextraction: A new method for sampling methamphetamine vapour. Forensic Science International, 268, 131-138. 10.1016/j.forsciint.2016.09.020
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mansa Nair
  • Kamalov, M., Harris, P. W. R., Hartinger, C. G., Miskelly, G. M., Cooper, G. J. S., & Brimble, M. A. (2015). Physicochemical studies on the copper(ii) binding by glycated collagen telopeptides. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 13 (10), 3058-3063. 10.1039/c4ob02536a
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christian Hartinger, Garth Cooper, Margaret Brimble, Paul Harris
  • Qi, A., & Miskelly, G. M. (2015). Staining using the lipid dye LD540 in fluorous media: Application to sebaceous latent fingermarks. Analytical Methods, 7 (4), 1265-1268. 10.1039/c4ay02925a
  • Miskelly, G., McKenzie, E., & Butler, P. (2014). Using dynamic air sampling to complement surface wipe sampling at former clandestine methamphetamine laboratories. Paper presented at Detect Decipher Deliver:The Future of Evidence. 22nd International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences (ANZFSS), Adelaide, Australia. 31 August - 4 September 2014.


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Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 6, Room 627
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