Dr Geoffrey Ivan Neil Waterhouse

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

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Associate Professor

Biography

  • Associate Professor, School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland (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

My research interests are diverse and multidisciplinary, spread across the fields of Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Biology, Nanotechnology and Food Science. Current research is focussed in 4 main areas

  • The development of efficient supported noble metal nanoparticle catalysts for hydrogen production from renewable sources, pollution abatement and industrial chemical synthesis.
  • The fabrication and characterisation of smart optical coatings, and in particular photonic crystal thin film coatings, for optical (sensors), optoelectronic (waveguides, solar cells), catalytic and antifouling applications.
  • The structure, electronic and optical properties of perovskite-type oxynitrides, and the applications of these materials as ecologically friendly pigments and visible-light driven photocatalysts.
  • The advancement and utilisation of synchrotron techniques (XPS, XANES, XRD, IR) and in-situ spectroscopic techniques (in particular surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy) for studying chemical reactions at the surface of solids.

A central theme of my research is exploration of the fundamental relationships between the chemical, physico-chemical, structural, electronic and optical properties of solids and their function. Many of my projects involve active collaborations with investigators of NZ Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs), in particular 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)
  • CHEM340 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry (Lecturer)
  • CHEM 380 - Materials Chemistry (Lecturer)
  • CHEM 710 - Structural and Computational Chemistry (Lecturer and Coordinator)

Responsibilities

  • 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)

  • Shang, L., Liang, Y., Li, M., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Tang, P., Ma, D., ... Zhang, T. (2017). “Naked” Magnetically Recyclable Mesoporous Au–γ-Fe<inf>2</inf>O<inf>3</inf> Nanocrystal Clusters: A Highly Integrated Catalyst System. Advanced Functional Materials, 27 (9).10.1002/adfm.201606215
  • Waterhouse, G. I. N., Sun-Waterhouse, D., Su, G., Zhao, H., & Zhao, M. (2017). Spray-Drying of Antioxidant-Rich Blueberry Waste Extracts; Interplay Between Waste Pretreatments and Spray-Drying Process. Food and Bioprocess Technology, 1-19. 10.1007/s11947-017-1880-9
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Dongxiao Sun-Waterhouse
  • 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. Adv Mater10.1002/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 Biology10.1111/jav.01193
  • 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 (1-6), 375-384. 10.1504/IJNT.2017.082457
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Duncan McGillivray
  • 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
  • Cao, Y., Geng, W., Shi, R., Shang, L., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Liu, L., ... Zhang, T. (2016). Thiolate-Mediated Photoinduced Synthesis of Ultrafine Ag 2 S Quantum Dots from Silver Nanoparticles. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 55 (48), 14952-14957. 10.1002/anie.201608019
  • 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

Contact details

  • Media Contact

Alternative contact

Extension number: 88256

Primary location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 9, Room 963
23 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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