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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 360 - Contemporary Green 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)

Australian Synchrotron User Advisory Committee (2015-now)

New Zealand Synchrotron Group Access Committee (2013-now)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Xie, H., Dong, J., Duan, J., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Hou, J., & Ai, S. (2018). Visual and ratiometric fluorescence detection of Hg<sup>2+</sup>based on a dual-emission carbon dots-gold nanoclusters nanohybrid. Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical, 259, 1082-1089. 10.1016/j.snb.2017.12.149
  • Wu, S., Gong, X., Waterhouse, G. I. N., & Zhang, G. (2018). Salt-induced formation of DNA double helices from single stranded DNA investigated by analytical ultracentrifugation. Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics, 56 (6), 501-508. 10.1002/polb.24559
  • Xie, J., Wang, H., Wang, Z., Zhao, Q., Yang, Y., Waterhouse, G. I. N., ... Xu, J. (2018). Innovative Linear Low Density Polyethylene Nanocomposite Films Reinforced with Organophilic Layered Double Hydroxides: Fabrication, Morphology and Enhanced Multifunctional Properties. Sci Rep, 8 (1)10.1038/s41598-017-18811-y
  • Zhao, Y., Zhang, X., Jia, X., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Shi, R., Zhang, X., ... Tung, C. H. (2018). Sub-3 nm Ultrafine Monolayer Layered Double Hydroxide Nanosheets for Electrochemical Water Oxidation. Advanced Energy Materials10.1002/aenm.201703585
  • Zhang, X., Zhao, Y., Jia, X., Zhao, Y., Shang, L., Wang, Q., ... Zhang, T. (2018). Silica-Protected Ultrathin Ni<inf>3</inf>FeN Nanocatalyst for the Efficient Hydrolytic Dehydrogenation of NH<inf>3</inf>BH<inf>3</inf>. Advanced Energy Materials10.1002/aenm.201702780
  • Chen, G., Gao, R., Zhao, Y., Li, Z., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Shi, R., ... Sheng, G. (2018). Alumina-Supported CoFe Alloy Catalysts Derived from Layered-Double-Hydroxide Nanosheets for Efficient Photothermal CO2 Hydrogenation to Hydrocarbons. Advanced materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), 30 (3).10.1002/adma.201704663
  • Liu, C., Dong, J., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Cheng, Z., & Ai, S. (2017). Electrochemical immunosensor with nanocellulose-Au composite assisted multiple signal amplification for detection of avian leukosis virus subgroup J. Biosensors & bioelectronics, 101, 110-115. 10.1016/j.bios.2017.10.007
  • Wang, Q., Shang, L., Shi, R., Zhang, X., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Wu, L.-Z., ... Zhang, T. (2017). 3D carbon nanoframe scaffold-immobilized Ni 3 FeN nanoparticle electrocatalysts for rechargeable zinc-air batteries’ cathodes. Nano Energy, 40, 382-389. 10.1016/j.nanoen.2017.08.040

Contact details

Alternative contact

Extension number: 88256

Primary location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
New Zealand

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