Dr Michel Karin Nieuwoudt

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Biography

Dr. Michél Nieuwoudt is a research scientist in the Photon Factory in the School of Chemical sciences at the University of Auckland. She earned her Ph.D. in Raman spectroscopy of passive film on iron film with electrochemical control from The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she also earned a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and Applied chemistry. She also graduated with MSc in Physical Chemistry from the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.

She specializes in the use of vibrational spectroscopy (Raman and infrared spectroscopies (Mid, Near- and Far-IR) and chemometrics to analyze a wide variety of materials. She has published over 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings, and regularly reviews articles for three different journals and beamline proposals for the Australian Synchrotron

Research | Current

Currently Michél is working on a Public Growth Partnership project with Fonterra and Auckland Uniservices, on the fingerprinting of milk using spectroscopy (http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/80532747/delving-deep-in-search-of-milks-fingerprint). 

Michél is also a collaborator in a number of other research projects in the School of Biological Sciences, School of Chemical Sciences, School of Pharmacy and School of Engineering, in the use of vibrational spectroscopy (Raman and infrared spectroscopies, Mid, Near- and Far-IR) and chemometrics to investigate the composition and behaviour of a wide variety of materials. She has over 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings, and regularly reviews articles for three different journals and beamline proposals for the Australian Synchrotron.

Postgraduate supervision

  • Co-supervisor for a PhD project (School of Biological Sciences)
  • Co-supervisor for an MSc project (School of Chemical Sciences)

Responsibilities

  • Research on the PGP4 Milk Fingerprinting project
  • Assisting with the application of Raman, FTIR and chemometrics to various projects in the Photon Factory and in collaboration with Porf. Cather Simpson with other departments/schools within the university

Areas of expertise

Raman spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy (Near-, Mid- and Far-IR), Chemometrics, Size Exclusion Chromatography with Multi angle light scattering detection, Electrochemical studies on Corrosion

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • RSNZ (Royal Soceity of New Zealand)
  • NZIC (New Zealand Insititute of Chemistry)
  • ACA (Australasian Corrosion Association)
  • NZAS (NZ Association of Scientists)
  • WIS (Women in Science)
  • Part of the organizing commitee for ACOVS (Australasian Conference of Vibrational Spectroscopy) 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Fahey, L. M., Nieuwoudt, M. K., & Harris, P. J. (2017). Predicting the cell-wall compositions of Pinus radiata (radiata pine) wood using ATR and transmission FTIR spectroscopies. Cellulose10.1007/s10570-017-1506-4
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Philip Harris, Leona Fahey
  • Martin, J. W., Nieuwoudt, M. K., Vargas, M. J. T., Bodley, O. L. C., Yohendiran, T. S., Oosterbeek, R. N., ... Cather Simpson, M. (2017). Raman on a disc: high-quality Raman spectroscopy in an open channel on a centrifugal microfluidic disc. The Analyst, 142 (10), 1682-1688. 10.1039/c6an00874g
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Williams, Cather Simpson
  • Nieuwoudt, M. K., Holroyd, S. E., McGoverin, C. M., Simpson, M. C., & Williams, D. E. (2016). Rapid, sensitive, and reproducible screening of liquid milk for adulterants using a portable Raman spectrometer and a simple, optimized sample well. Journal of dairy science, 99 (10), 7821-7831. 10.3168/jds.2016-11100
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31965
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Williams, Cather Simpson, Cushla McGoverin
  • Nieuwoudt, M. K., Holroyd, S. E., McGoverin, C. M., Simpson, M. C., & Williams, D. E. (2016). Raman spectroscopy as an effective screening method for detecting adulteration of milk with small nitrogen-rich molecules and sucrose. Journal of Dairy Science, 99 (4), 2520-2536. 10.3168/jds.2015-10342
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31556
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cather Simpson, David Williams, Cushla McGoverin
  • Malmström J, Nieuwoudt, M. K., Strover, L. T., Hackett, A., Laita, O., Brimble, M. A., ... Travas-Sejdic, J. (2013). Grafting from poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): A simple route to versatile electrically addressable surfaces. Macromolecules, 46 (12), 4955-4965. 10.1021/ma400803j
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, David Williams, Margaret Brimble, Jenny Malmstrom
  • Neo, Y. P., Ray, S., Jin, J., Gizdavic-Nikolaidis, M., Nieuwoudt, M. K., Liu, D., & Quek, S. Y. (2013). Encapsulation of food grade antioxidant in natural biopolymer by electrospinning technique: A physicochemical study based on zein-gallic acid system. Food Chemistry, 136 (2), 1013-1021. 10.1016/j.foodchem.2012.09.010
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Siew-Young Quek, Sudip Ray, Marija Gizdavic Nikolaidis, Jianyong Jin
  • Horrocks, M., Baisden, W. T., Nieuwoudt, M. K., Flenley, J., Feek, D., Nualart, L. G., ... Gorman, T. E. (2012). Microfossils of Polynesian cultigens in lake sediment cores from Rano Kau, Easter Island. Journal of Paleolimnology, 47 (2), 185-204. 10.1007/s10933-011-9570-5
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Horrocks
  • Nieuwoudt, M. K., Comins, J. D., & Cukrowski, I. (2011). The growth of the passive film on iron in 0.05 M NaOH studied in situ by Raman micro-spectroscopy and electrochemical polarisation. Part I: near-resonance enhancement of the Raman spectra of iron oxide and oxyhydroxide compounds. JOURNAL OF RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY, 42 (6), 1335-1339. 10.1002/jrs.2837

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Primary location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 7, Room 741
23 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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