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Chemistry research

Chemistry research in the Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences encompasses experimental organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, and theoretical and computational investigation of chemical systems ranging from the subatomic level to the molecular level and beyond. We work on fundamental problems, and on the application of chemistry in areas as diverse as industrial catalysis, novel materials, and the behaviour of biomolecules. 

Areas of expertise

Physical chemistry

Physical chemistry

Physical chemistry applies the principles of physics to chemical systems to understand their behaviour. We study molecular systems by applying spectroscopic techniques to probe the time dependence of chemical processes. We aim to understand chemical change from a fundamental viewpoint.

 

Inorganic chemistry

Inorganic chemistry

We examine transition metal coordination chemistry related to polymerisation reactions and catalysis. Of particular importance are CO2 activation processes intended to turn this greenhouse gas into usable chemicals and polymers. We also focus on deactivation processes associated with catalytic reactions. 

Organic chemistry

Organic chemistry

Our research themes integrate a range of scientific disciplines, including experimental evolution, parasitology, infectious disease, the evolution of individuality, genetics and proteins. 


Research projects 

Examples of chemistry research projects at Massey University.

Revolutionary cell sensor

Massey scientists have developed what is thought to be the first-ever ‘smart’ cell density sensing tool.

Part of periodic table in an illustration

PUTTING THE SQUEEZE ON ATOMS AND MOLECULES

A Marsden-funded Massey project is working to create a theoretical framework to gain a deeper understanding of high-pressure physics.

stereodynamics ADVANCES

An experimental collaboration between Stanford University and Massey could result in new advances in stereodynamics.


Staff of the Centre for Theoretical Chemistry and Physics

Centre for Theoretical Chemistry and Physics

The Centre for Theoretical Chemistry and Physics has some of the best theoretical and computational chemists and physicists in Australasia, studying complex systems, Bose-Einstein condensation, quantum chromodynamics, electronic structure theory and mathematical chemistry and physics.

KEY CONTACT

  • Prof Al Nielson

    Prof Al Nielson

    Professor - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

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Our people working in this area

  • Dr Thomas Fallon

    Dr Thomas Fallon

    Senior Lecturer - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

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  • Associate Professor John Harrison

    Associate Professor John Harrison

    Associate Professor - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

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  • Dr Debbie Jordan

    Dr Debbie Jordan

    Senior Tutor - Chemistry - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

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  • Danny Maloney

    Danny Maloney

    Technician - Chemistry - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

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  • Erin Moffet

    Erin Moffet

    Technician and Laboratory Manager - Chemistry - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

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  • Prof Al Nielson

    Prof Al Nielson

    Professor - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

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  • Dr Marie-Anne Thelen

    Dr Marie-Anne Thelen

    Senior Tutor - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

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  • Sam Tuttle

    Sam Tuttle

    Tutor in Physics - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

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