Dr Zoran Zujovic

BSc/MSc/PhD (Belgrade)

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Senior Research Fellow

Research | Current

My current research interests focus on solid-state NMR spectroscopy which is a powerful and versatile non-destructive technique for the elucidation of molecular and supramolecular structures, packing arrangements, and molecular dynamics. My research is interdisciplinary, and it is directed at studying structure and dynamics of a wide range of solid materials and correlation of solid-state NMR data to results obtained by other techniques. For noncrystalline and insoluble solids solid-state NMR may be the only method providing structural information at the atomic-level detail.

I have been engaged in the structural investigations of inorganic and organic solid systems such as polymers, nanomaterials, polymer blends, conducting polymers, minerals, hybrid polymers, pharmaceuticals, plant cell walls, zeolites, geopolymers, glasses etc. Also, I am interested in the self-assembly and the formation mechanisms of nanostructured materials.

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Current projects

  • Solid-state NMR of antimicrobial materials
  • Solid-state NMR of perlites
  • Structural investigations of eggshells
  • Solid-state NMR of ultra-hard materials
  • Fluorinated alumina materials
  • Solid-state NMR of moxifloxacin (an antibiotic) co-crystals and physical mixtures


Teaching | Current

  • CHEM 210 – Physical and Materials Chemistry / Chemical Kinetics (Lecturer)
  • CHEM 750 - Advanced Topics in Chemistry 1 & 2 /Solid-state NMR Spectroscopy (Lecturer and Course Director)
  • CHEM 710 - Structural and Computational Chemistry/ Quantum Mechanics of NMR (Lecturer and Course Director)


  • Senior Research Fellow in Physical Chemistry/Materials Science/Solid-state NMR Spectroscopy
  • Solid-state NMR spectroscopist in the NMR Centre, Faculty of Science
  • Lecturer and Course Director

Areas of expertise

  • Solid-state NMR spectroscopy of inorganic and organic materials
  • Nanostructured materials - self-assembly


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Zujovic, Z., Wheelwright, W. V. K., Kilmartin, P. A., Hanna, J. V., & Cooney, R. P. (2018). Structural investigations of perlite and expanded perlite using ¹H, ²⁷AI and ²⁹Si solid-state NMR. Ceramics International, 44 (3), 2952-2958. 10.1016/j.ceramint.2017.11.047
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ralph Cooney, Paul Kilmartin
  • Wheelwright, W., Cooney, R. P., Ray, S., Zujovic, Z., & De Silva, K. (2017). Ultra-high surface area nano-porous silica from expanded perlite: Formation and characterization. Ceramics International, 43 (14), 11495-11504. 10.1016/j.ceramint.2017.05.333
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35319
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karnika De Silva, Sudip Ray, Ralph Cooney
  • Gizdavic Nikolaidis, M. R., Jevremovic, M. M., Milenkovic, M., Allison, M. C., Stanisavljev, D. R., Bowmaker, G. A., & Zujovic, Z. D. (2016). High yield and facile microwave-assisted synthesis of conductive H2SO4 doped polyanilines. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 173, 255-261. 10.1016/j.matchemphys.2016.02.011
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Marija Gizdavic Nikolaidis, Graham Bowmaker
  • Das, O., Sarmah, A. K., Zujovic, Z., & Bhattacharyya, D. (2016). Characterisation of waste derived biochar added biocomposites: Chemical and thermal modifications. Science of the Total Environment, 550, 133-142. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.01.062
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ajit Sarmah, Debes Bhattacharyya
  • Zujovic, Z., Chen, D., & Melton, L. D. (2016). Comparison of celery (Apium graveolens L.) collenchyma and parenchyma cell wall polysaccharides enabled by solid-state ¹³C NMR. Carbohydrate Research, 420, 51-57. 10.1016/j.carres.2015.11.006


Contact details

Alternative contact

Correct location:
Level 4, Room 301-422
Auckland 1010
New Zealand

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 9, Room 923
New Zealand

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