Jon is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at Massey University. He conducted his PhD research at the University of Otago with Prof Sally Brooker (2009) working on spin-crossover systems. In 2010 he was awarded an Irish Research Council Science Engineering and Technology Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct research into self-assembled luminescent materials at Trinity College Dublin under the mentorship of Prof Thorri Gunnlaugsson. He moved to the University of Southampton, UK as a lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry before joining Massey in 2018.
Jon's research is focused on supramolecular materials characterisation/development and the applications of these materials containing functional d- & f-block systems. He aims to develop control and predictability over the preparation of materials, and in doing so develop new generation functional devices. Attachment of his systems onto surfaces forms a key aspect of his research. He uses a range of techniques for this, however he has become well known for using Langmuir-Blodgett deposition as this allows for the controlled deposition of ultra-thin-films, a particularly useful technique for developing surface based materials.
We are interested in using supramolecular materials approaches (self-assembly of smaller molecular sub-components into larger complex architectures) to generate new recyclable catalysts and sensing materials.Dr Jon Kitchen
April 19, 2023
Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2022. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.
May 9, 2022
Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2021. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.