Dr Ruth Cink

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Professional Teaching Fellow


  • 2020-present. Professional Teaching Fellow, University of Auckland.
  • 2018-2019. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Auckland (Prof. M. Cather Simpson). 
  • 2014-2018. PhD Organic Photochemistry, Auckland University of Technology (Prof. Nicola Brasch).
  • 2012-2014. MSc Chemistry (Education Emphasis), University of Northern Colorado (Assoc. Prof. Youngjin Song). 
  • 2010-2012. Quality Control Technician for a stain and sealant manufacturer. 
  • 2009-2010. Research and Development Chemist for a personal care product manufacturer. 

Teaching | Current

TFCCHEM 091 Foundation Chemistry

CHEM 150 Concepts in Chemistry

CHEM 120 Chemistry of the Material World

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Coordinator for the Chemistry Tuākana programme

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Zhou, Y., Cink, R. B., Seed, A. J., Simpson, M. C., Sampson, P., & Brasch, N. E. (2019). Stoichiometric Nitroxyl Photorelease Using the (6-Hydroxy-2-naphthalenyl)methyl Phototrigger. Organic letters, 21 (4), 1054-1057. 10.1021/acs.orglett.8b04099
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cather Simpson
  • Zhou, Y., Cink, R. B., Fejedelem, Z. A., Cather Simpson, M., Seed, A. J., Sampson, P., & Brasch, N. E. (2018). Development of Photoactivatable Nitroxyl (HNO) Donors Incorporating the (3-Hydroxy-2-naphthalenyl)methyl Phototrigger. European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2018 (15), 1745-1755. 10.1002/ejoc.201800092
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cather Simpson
  • Zhou, Y., Cink, R. B., Dassanayake, R. S., Seed, A. J., Brasch, N. E., & Sampson, P. (2016). Rapid Photoactivated Generation of Nitroxyl (HNO) under Neutral pH Conditions. Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English), 55 (42), 13229-13232. 10.1002/anie.201605160
  • Sampson, P., Zhou, Y., Cink, R., Seed, A., & Brasch, N. (2016). Synthesis and photochemistry of (hydroxynaphthalenyl)methyl-based photoactivatable nitroxyl donors. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. (pp. 1).
  • Cink, R. B., & Song, Y. (2016). Appropriating scientific vocabulary in chemistry laboratories: a multiple case study of four community college students with diverse ethno-linguistic backgrounds. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 17 (3), 604-617. 10.1039/C5RP00171D

Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 8, Room 837
New Zealand