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Contact details +64 (09) 414 0800  ext. 43624

Associate Professor John Harrison Ph.D., B.Sc.(Hons), FNZIC, ACS

Associate Professor

Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences


Contact details

  • Ph: +64 9 414 0800 41545
    Location: 4, 6
    Campus: Albany


  • Ph.D. - University of Canterbury (1989)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) - University of Canterbury (1985)
  • FNZIC - NZIC (2012)
  • ACS - ACS (2008)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Molecular Dynamics and Spectroscopy

Development of techniques for aligning and orienting molecules for the investigation of stereodynamic effects in molecular collisions; photodissociation dynamics of small molecules; and spectroscopy of compounds under unusual conditions.

Applied Spectroscopy

Development of novel devices based on applications of spectroscopy and produce them by rapid prototyping engineering methods for application in R&D and commercial environments.


Through the use of quantum chemical calculations on unique model compounds an understanding of linear agostic interactions in transition metal compounds is being developed.


Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Analytical Chemistry (030100): Chemical Science (030000): Chemical Thermodynamics and Energetics (030602): Instrumental Methods (excl. Immunological and Bioassay Methods) (030105): Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural (030600): Reaction Kinetics and Dynamics (030703): Structural Chemistry and Spectroscopy (030606): Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (030700)


Physical Chemistry

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 1

Consultancy and Languages


  • 2014-present - Lifeonics Ltd
    Board Chairman, co-founder and consultant

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 0 1
CoSupervisor 1 5

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2009 - Amy Rachael Overington - PhD
    Concentration of dairy flavours using pervaporation
  • 2008 - Brian Michael Vest - PhD
    The electronic, structural and magnetic properties of the Chromium Dihalides: From the gas-phase to the solid-state
  • 2008 - Behnam Assadollahzadeh - PhD
    A Systematic Search for the Global Minimum structures of Cs, Sn and Au clusters and corresponding electronic properties.
  • 2005 - Miss Nicola Gaston - PhD
    Mercury Clusters - From van der Waals Molecules to the Metallic Solid
  • 2005 - Mr Ivan Lim - PhD
    Static Electric Dipole Polarizabilities of Atoms and Molecules.

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