Associate Professor Geoffrey Waterhouse

PhD, MSc(1st class), BSc, FRSC, FNZIC, MRSNZ, MNZAS

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  • James Cook Research Fellow, administered by the Royal Society Te Apārangi (2022/2023)
  • Theme Leader (Energy), The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (2019-2021)
  • Distinguished Professor, Henan University (2021-)
  • Associate Professor, School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland (2017-)
  • Chair Professor, College of Chemistry and Material Science, Shandong Agricultural University (2017-)
  • Guest Professor, Key Laboratory of Photochemical Conversion and Optoelectronic Materials, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2016-)
  • Principal Investigator, The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (2016-)
  • Chair Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology (2015-)
  • Associate Investigator, The Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies (2015-)
  • Senior Lecturer - above the bar, School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland (2012-2017)
  • Coordinator of Synchrotron Science, The University of Auckland (2011-2014)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow (2013)
  • Associate Investigator, The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (2009-2016)
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland (2009-2012)
  • Research Fellow, Dept. of Chemistry, The University of Auckland (2007-2009)
  • NZST Research Fellow, IFS, Massey University (2004-2007)
  • Staff Scientist, Light Metals Research Centre, Auckland (2003-2004)
  • Research Fellow, Dept. of Food Science, The University of Auckland (2001-2003)
  • PhD(Chemistry), The University of Auckland (2004)

Research | Current

Current research is clustered in four distinct areas;

  • Discovery of efficient catalysts for hydrogen production, carbon dioxide reduction, dinitrogen fixation, oxygen electrocatalysis and rechargeable batteries.
  • Fabrication of electrochemical and optical sensors for the detection of pesticides, antibiotic residues, and viruses.
  • Development of novel nanoparticle and nanocarrier systems for the controlled/stimulated release of drugs and bioactives, and therapeutics (including NIR-driven PDT, PTT and photoacoustic imaging).
  • Advancement of synchrotron techniques (XPS, XANES, XRD, IR) in materials science research.

My group's research in these areas supports the six year science plans of two NZ Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs), the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and the Dodd Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies. A central theme of our research is exploration of the fundamental relationships between the chemical, physico-chemical, structural, electronic and optical properties of solids and their function. We are attempting to address the key science challenges behind many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDGs 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).


Teaching | Current

Across 2022/2023, I am not involved in UoA teaching programmes due to the award of a prestigious James Cook Research Fellowship. My normal teaching responsibles are as follows:

  • CHEM 251 - Structure and Spectroscopy (Teacher and Course Director)
  • CHEM 310 - Structural Chemistry and Spectroscopy (Teacher and Course Director)
  • CHEM 380 - Materials Chemistry (Teacher)
  • CHEM 710 - Structural and Computational Chemistry (Teacher)
  • CHEM 712 - Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology (Teacher and Course Director)
  • CHEM 760 - Advanced Green Chemistry (Teacher)
  • PHARMACY 311 - Teacher


  • 2021 - James Cook Research Fellowship
  • 2021 - The University of Auckland Research Excellence Medal (Individual Award)
  • 2021 - Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher (Category: Materials Science)
  • 2020 - Maurice Wilkins Centre Prize for Excellence in Chemical Research
  • 2020 - Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher (Category: Cross-field)
  • 2020 - Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2019 - Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher (Category: Cross-field)
  • 2018 - Fellow, New Zealand Institute of Chemistry
  • 2016 - International Partnership Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences


  • Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry/Materials Science
  • SCS Postgraduate Advisor (sub-doctoral)
  • Board of Studies for Forensic Science (Member)
  • SCS Postgraduate Committee (Member)
  • SCS Health and Safety Committee (Member)

Areas of expertise

  • Surface chemistry
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Thermal catalysis
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Photocatalysis
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Photonic crystal engineering
  • Sensors
  • Delivery systems for therapeutics and bioactives

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • New Zealand Delegate to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Future Foods (KeAi Publishing, ISSN: 2772-5669)
  • Associate Editor-in-Chief, Food Science and Human Wellness (Elsevier, ISSN: 2213-4530)
  • University of Auckland Senate
  • University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Chen, C., Sun-Waterhouse, D., Zhao, J., Zhao, M., Waterhouse, G. I. N., & Sun, W. (2021). Soybean protein isolate hydrolysates-liposomes interactions under oxidation: Mechanistic insights into system stability. Food Hydrocolloids, 112.10.1016/j.foodhyd.2020.106336
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Dongxiao Sun-Waterhouse
  • Qiu, S., Zhou, Y., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Gong, R., Xie, J., Zhang, K., & Xu, J. (2021). Optimizing interfacial adhesion in PBAT/PLA nanocomposite for biodegradable packaging films. Food chemistry, 33410.1016/j.foodchem.2020.127487
  • Shang, L., Zhao, Y., Kong, X. Y., Shi, R., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Wen, L., & Zhang, T. (2020). Underwater superaerophobic Ni nanoparticle-decorated nickel–molybdenum nitride nanowire arrays for hydrogen evolution in neutral media. Nano Energy, 78.10.1016/j.nanoen.2020.105375
  • Xiang, H., Waterhouse, D. S., Liu, P., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Li, J., & Cui, C. (2020). Pancreatic lipase-inhibiting protein hydrolysate and peptides from seabuckthorn seed meal: Preparation optimization and inhibitory mechanism. LWT, 134.10.1016/j.lwt.2020.109870
  • Sun, Y., Gao, H., Xu, L., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Zhang, H., Qiao, X., & Xu, Z. (2020). Ultrasensitive determination of sulfathiazole using a molecularly imprinted electrochemical sensor with CuS microflowers as an electron transfer probe and Au@COF for signal amplification. Food chemistry, 33210.1016/j.foodchem.2020.127376
  • Wang, Q., Ina, T., Chen, W.-T., Shang, L., Sun, F., Wei, S., ... Waterhouse, G. I. N. (2020). Evolution of Zn(II) single atom catalyst sites during the pyrolysis-induced transformation of ZIF-8 to N-doped carbons. SCIENCE BULLETIN, 65 (20), 1743-1751. 10.1016/j.scib.2020.06.020
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wan-Ting Chen, Shanghai Wei, Dongxiao Sun-Waterhouse
  • Sun, Y., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Xu, L., Qiao, X., & Xu, Z. (2020). Three-dimensional electrochemical sensor with covalent organic framework decorated carbon nanotubes signal amplification for the detection of furazolidone. SENSORS AND ACTUATORS B-CHEMICAL, 32110.1016/j.snb.2020.128501
  • Zhang, Y., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Xiang, Z.-P., Che, J., Chen, C., & Sun, W. (2020). A highly sensitive electrochemical sensor containing nitrogen-doped ordered mesoporous carbon (NOMC) for voltammetric determination of l-tryptophan. Food chemistry, 32610.1016/j.foodchem.2020.126976

Contact details

Alternative contact

Extension number: 88256

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 9, Room 963
New Zealand

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