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. He is now a Senior Lecturer of Chemistry at Otago and has expanded his research interests toward the vibrational spectroscopy of porous, crystalline materials.
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
July 13, 2023
The topic for this year’s MacDiarmid Institute Regional Lecture Series is Good news for a change: Sustainability Tech in Aotearoa New Zealand and the science behind it.