Associate Professor Gordon Mark Miskelly

BSc(Hons)/PhD (Otago)

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Research | Current

Gordon Miskelly's research focuses on two main areas

  • The application of coordination chemistry and analytical chemistry to practical problems
  • The development of electrocatalysts and sensors via rational design.

Postgraduate supervision

Projects on offer

  • Modified Semiconductor Surfaces
    This project looks at the effect of attaching discrete, well-defined molecules to semiconductors. The ability to attach discrete complexes to the surface allows us to alter surface properties such as charge and hydrophilicity in a controlled fashion, and also allows us to engineer catalytic or sensor sites on the normally unreactive semiconductor surface. Our current focus is on modification of porous silicon surfaces for use as sensors.
  • Metalloporphyrin Chemistry
    This project is investigating the reactivity of porphyrins with positive charge positioned close to the central metal binding site. The positively charged groups can act to increase anionic ligand binding, and cocrystallisation of these porphyrins with tetraanionic metal complexes is being investigated as a method of engineering one-dimensional structures. Certain of these cationic porphyrins can act as proton donors to bound ligands such as O2 or CO2, and these complexes could then act as electrocatalysts for O2 or CO2 reduction.
  • Forensic Chemistry
    Projects in this area include characterising compounds used for the detection of latent fingerprints, increasing the selectivity of the luminol chemiluminescence test for blood, and multi-variate fingerprinting of natural or manufactured materials. Most of these projects are available for chemistry graduate students as well as forensic science students.


  • Deputy Director, Forensic Science

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • McDougall, D. R., Chan, A., McGillivray, D. J., de Jonge, M. D., Miskelly, G. M., & Jeffs, A. G. (2019). Examining the role of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) in larval shellfish production in seawater contaminated with heavy metals. Aquatic toxicology (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 21710.1016/j.aquatox.2019.105330
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Duncan McGillivray, Danny McDougall, Andrew Jeffs, Andrew Chan
  • Deed, R. C., Pilkington, L. I., Herbst-Johnstone, M., Miskelly, G. M., Barker, D., & Fedrizzi, B. (2019). A new analytical method to measure S-methyl-l-methionine in grape juice reveals the influence of yeast on dimethyl sulfide production during fermentation. Journal of the science of food and agriculture, 99 (15), 6944-6953. 10.1002/jsfa.9983
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rebecca Deed, Lisa Pilkington, David Barker, Bruno Fedrizzi
  • Rindelaub, J. D., & Miskelly, G. M. (2019). Potential for the Remediation of Methamphetamine Contamination Using Ozone. Journal of forensic sciences, 64 (6), 1844-1850. 10.1111/1556-4029.14069
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Joel Rindelaub
  • Nair, M., & Miskelly, G. M. (2019). Determination of airborne methamphetamine via capillary microextraction of volatiles (CMV) with on-sorbent derivatisation using o-pentafluorobenzyl chloroformate. FORENSIC CHEMISTRY, 1410.1016/j.forc.2019.100161
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mansa Nair
  • Elgaroshi, S., Miskelly, G. M., & Swedlund, P. J. (2019). H4SiO4 sorption and polymerization at the magnetite - aqueous interface: The influence of interfacial redox state. APPLIED GEOCHEMISTRY, 104, 146-157. 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2019.03.010
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Swedlund
  • Chun, S., & Miskelly, G. M. (2018). Hyperspectral and Color Imaging of Solvent Vapor Sorption Into Porous Silicon. FRONTIERS IN CHEMISTRY, 610.3389/fchem.2018.00610
  • Peng, S., Jurgens, E., Pope, H., Rodgers, S., & Miskelly, G. M. (2018). Isolation of the anionic toxin monofluoroacetate from a decontamination foam matrix. Microchemical Journal, 142, 258-264. 10.1016/j.microc.2018.07.004
  • Miskelly, G. M. (2018). Methods to evaluate spatial uniformity in porous silicon. Handbook of Porous Silicon: Second Edition (pp. 755-772). 10.1007/978-3-319-71381-6_123


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 6, Room 627
New Zealand

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