Associate Professor Geoffrey Waterhouse

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

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  • Theme Leader (Energy), The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (2019-)
  • 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;

  • Development of efficient semiconductor catalysts for solar water splitting, alcohol photoreforming, carbon dioxide reduction and nitrogen fixation.
  • Fabrication of smart optical coatings, in particular photonic crystal thin films, for sensing and optoelectronic applications.
  • Manipulation of the composition, structure and electronic properties of rare earth-doped oxide and oxynitride phosphors for white LED applications.
  • Advancement of synchrotron techniques (XPS, XANES, XRD, IR) in materials science research.

Our 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.


Teaching | Current

  • CHEM 251 - Structure and Spectroscopy (Teacher and Course Director)
  • CHEM 310 - Structural Chemistry and Spectroscopy (Teacher and Course Director)
  • CHEM 340 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry (Teacher)
  • CHEM 380 - Materials Chemistry (Teacher)
  • CHEM 710 - Structural and Computational Chemistry (Teacher)
  • CHEM 760 - Advanced Green Chemistry (Teacher)


  • Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry/Materials Science

Areas of expertise

  • Surface chemistry
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Photocatalysis
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Photonic crystal engineering
  • Photonics

Committees/Professional groups/Services

University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee (2016-now)

Australian Synchrotron User Advisory Committee (2015-2017)

New Zealand Synchrotron Group Access Committee (2013-now)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • 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
  • 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, Qing Wang, Shanghai Wei
  • 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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