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Dr Courtney Ennis

Dr Courtney Ennis

Associate Investigator

Towards Zero Carbon - Catalytic Architectures

+64 3 479 5288

Department of Chemistry
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054


Courtney Ennis completed his PhD on planetary surface geochemistry at The University of Western Australia before completing Postdoctoral positions at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, University College London, and at the Australian Synchrotron on projects related to astrochemistry. Upon concluding an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship with La Trobe University, in 2018 Courtney was appointed Lecturer at the University of Otago where he has expanding his research interests toward the vibrational spectroscopy of porous, crystalline materials.

Research interests

Courtney's research is focussed on the vibrational signatures of crystalline materials, such as metallic- and hydrogen-bonded organic frameworks; specifically how these signals are altered under changing environment and with the uptake of adsorbed gases. He performs spectroscopy experiments using the intense infrared light provided by the Australian Synchrotron facility where advanced computational methods are then applied to interpret his data.

The vibrational motion of porous materials is a sensitive - yet relatively unexplored - probe for gas binding and storage. In understanding these fundamental interactions we can be guided toward new, efficient, and sustainable materials for harnessing H2 and CO2.

Dr Courtney Ennis

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New Associate Investigators 2021

May 5, 2022

Meet our new Associate Investigators that joined the MacDiarmid Institute whānau in 2021.

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