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Associate Professor Geoffrey Waterhouse

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

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  • Theme Leader (Energy), The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (2019-)
  • 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 (2015-2018)

New Zealand Synchrotron Group Access Committee (2013-now)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Zhang, Y., Zhang, C., Xu, C., Wang, X., Liu, C., Waterhouse, G. I. N., ... Yin, H. (2019). Ultrasmall Au nanoclusters for biomedical and biosensing applications: A mini-review. Talanta, 200, 432-442. 10.1016/j.talanta.2019.03.068
  • Ning, S., Zhou, M., Liu, C., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Dong, J., & Ai, S. (2019). Ultrasensitive electrochemical immunosensor for avian leukosis virus detection based on a β-cyclodextrin-nanogold-ferrocene host-guest label for signal amplification. Analytica chimica acta, 1062, 87-93. 10.1016/j.aca.2019.02.041
  • Jia, X., Zhang, X., Zhao, J., Zhao, Y., Zhao, Y., Waterhouse, G. I. N., ... Zhang, T. (2019). Ultrafine monolayer Co-containing layered double hydroxide nanosheets for water oxidation. Journal of Energy Chemistry, 57-63. 10.1016/j.jechem.2018.09.011
  • Tian, Q., Liu, Q., Zhou, J., Ju, P., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Zhou, S., & Ai, S. (2019). Superhydrophobic sponge containing silicone oil-modified layered double hydroxide sheets for rapid oil-water separations. COLLOIDS AND SURFACES A-PHYSICOCHEMICAL AND ENGINEERING ASPECTS, 570, 339-346. 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2019.03.031
  • Li, Z., Liu, J., Zhao, Y., Shi, R., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Wang, Y., ... Zhang, T. (2019). Photothermal hydrocarbon synthesis using alumina-supported cobalt metal nanoparticle catalysts derived from layered-double-hydroxide nanosheets. Nano Energy, 60, 467-475. 10.1016/j.nanoen.2019.03.069
  • Wang, M., Yin, H., Zhou, Y., Meng, X., Waterhouse, G. I. N., & Ai, S. (2019). A novel photoelectrochemical biosensor for the sensitive detection of dual microRNAs using molybdenum carbide nanotubes as nanocarriers and energy transfer between CQDs and AuNPs. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL, 365, 351-357. 10.1016/j.cej.2019.02.067
  • Al-Azri, Z. H. N., Aloufi, M., Chan, A., Waterhouse, G. I. N., & Idriss, H. (2019). Metal Particle Size Effects on the Photocatalytic Hydrogen Ion Reduction. ACS Catalysis, 9 (5), 3946-3958. 10.1021/acscatal.8b05070
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Chan
  • Wang, W., Shang, L., Chang, G., Yan, C., Shi, R., Zhao, Y., ... Zhang, T. (2019). Intrinsic Carbon-Defect-Driven Electrocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide. Advanced materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), 31 (19)10.1002/adma.201808276

Contact details

Alternative contact

Extension number: 88256

Primary office location

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

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