Associate Professor Geoffrey Waterhouse

BSc, MSc(1st class), PhD, MNZIC, MRSNZ

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  • Associate Professor, School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland (2017-)
  • Chair Professor, College of Chemistry and Material Science, Shandong Agricultural University (2017-)
  • Guest Professor, Key Laboratory of Photochemical Conversion and Optoelectronic Materials, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2016-)
  • Principal Investigator, The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (2016-)
  • Chair Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology (2015-)
  • Associate Investigator, The Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies (2015-)
  • Senior Lecturer - above the bar, School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland (2012-2017)
  • Coordinator of Synchrotron Science, The University of Auckland (2011-2014)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow (2013)
  • Associate Investigator, The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (2009-2016)
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland (2009-2012)
  • Research Fellow, Dept. of Chemistry, The University of Auckland (2007-2009)
  • NZST Research Fellow, IFS, Massey University (2004-2007)
  • Staff Scientist, Light Metals Research Centre, Auckland (2003-2004)
  • Research Fellow, Dept. of Food Science, The University of Auckland (2001-2003)
  • PhD(Chemistry), The University of Auckland (2003)

Research | Current

Current research is clustered in four distinct areas;

  • Development of efficient semiconductor catalysts for solar water splitting, alcohol photoreforming, carbon dioxide reduction and nitrogen fixation.
  • Fabrication of smart optical coatings, in particular photonic crystal thin films, for sensing and optoelectronic applications.
  • Manipulation of the composition, structure and electronic properties of rare earth-doped oxide and oxynitride phosphors for white LED applications.
  • Advancement of synchrotron techniques (XPS, XANES, XRD, IR) in materials science research.

Our research in these areas supports the six year science plans of two NZ Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs), the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and the Dodd Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies.

Teaching | Current

  • PHARMACY 211 - Applied Science for Pharmacy  (Lecturer and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Coordinator)
  • CHEM 310 - Structural Chemistry and Spectroscopy (Lecturer and Coordinator)
  • CHEM 340 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry (Lecturer)
  • CHEM 380 - Materials Chemistry (Lecturer)
  • CHEM 710 - Structural and Computational Chemistry (Lecturer and Coordinator)


  • Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry/Materials Science

Areas of expertise

  • Surface chemistry
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Photocatalysis
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Photonic crystal engineering
  • Photonics

Committees/Professional groups/Services

University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee (2016-now)

Assessor of full funding proposals submitted to the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centres of Excellence (2015-now)

Australian Synchrotron User Advisory Committee (2015-now)

New Zealand Synchrotron Group Access Committee (2013-now)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Yu, H., Shi, R., Zhao, Y., Bian, T., Zhao, Y., Zhou, C., ... Zhang, T. (2017). Alkali-Assisted Synthesis of Nitrogen Deficient Graphitic Carbon Nitride with Tunable Band Structures for Efficient Visible-Light-Driven Hydrogen Evolution. Advanced materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), 29 (16).10.1002/adma.201605148
  • Manna, T., Cooper, C., Baylis, S., Shawkey, M. D., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Grim, T., & Hauber, M. E. (2017). Does the house sparrow Passer domesticus represent a global model species for egg rejection behavior?. Journal of Avian Biology, 48 (3), 346-352. 10.1111/jav.01193
  • Shang, L., Liang, Y., Li, M., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Tang, P., Ma, D., ... Zhang, T. (2017). “Naked” Magnetically Recyclable Mesoporous Au-γ-Fe 2 O 3 Nanocrystal Clusters: A Highly Integrated Catalyst System. Advanced Functional Materials, 27 (9), 1606215-1606215. 10.1002/adfm.201606215
  • Shahlori, R., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Nelson, A. R. J., & McGillivray, D. J. (2017). In-situ ellipsometric study of calcium phosphate biomineralisation on organic thin films. International Journal of Nanotechnology, 14 (1/2/3/4/5/6), 375-375. 10.1504/IJNT.2017.082457
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Duncan McGillivray
  • Zou, Y., Yang, X., Lv, C., Liu, T., Xia, Y., Shang, L., ... Zhang, T. (2017). Multishelled Ni-Rich Li(Ni x Co y Mn z )O2 Hollow Fibers with Low Cation Mixing as High-Performance Cathode Materials for Li-Ion Batteries. Advanced science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany), 4 (1)10.1002/advs.201600262
  • Ramtin, A., Seyfoddin, A., Coutinho, F. P., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Rupenthal, I. D., & Svirskis, D. (2016). Cytotoxicity considerations and electrically tunable release of dexamethasone from polypyrrole for the treatment of back-of-the-eye conditions. Drug delivery and translational research, 6 (6), 793-799. 10.1007/s13346-016-0284-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Darren Svirskis, Ilva Rupenthal
  • Cao, Y., Geng, W., Shi, R., Shang, L., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Liu, L., ... Zhang, T. (2016). Frontispiece: Thiolate-Mediated Photoinduced Synthesis of Ultrafine Ag 2 S Quantum Dots from Silver Nanoparticles. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 55 (48).10.1002/anie.201684861
  • Jovic, V., Idriss, H., & Waterhouse, G. I. N. (2016). Slow photon amplification of gas-phase ethanol photo-oxidation in titania inverse opal photonic crystals. Chemical Physics, 479, 109-121. 10.1016/j.chemphys.2016.10.001
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vedran Jovic

Contact details

Alternative contact

Extension number: 88256

Primary location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 9, Room 963
New Zealand

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