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Dr Muhammad Hanif

Dr Muhammad Hanif

Associate Investigator

Towards Low Energy Tech - Hardware for Future Computing

+64 9 923 6833

Level 10, Room 1033
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand


Dr Muhammad Hanif received his PhD from the University of Vienna (Austria). After a brief stint as an assistant professor at the COMSATS University Islamabad (Pakistan), he started his research career as an Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship at the University of Auckland (New Zealand), where he is currently a Senior Research Fellow.

Research interests

Dr Hanif's research is underpinned by molecular design and synthetic inorganic chemistry. Over the years, most of his research has been focused on the design and functionalisation of organometallic compounds. The metal centres most commonly used are Ru(II), Os(II), Rh(III), Ir(III), resulting in compound classes which in some cases have shown significant potential as anticancer agents. More recently, Dr Hanif has been investigating metal complexes as molecular spintronics and photosensitisers.

Dr Hanif's research has been recognised by prestigious awards including Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship (from the Austrian Science Fund); and Sir Charles Hercus Fellowship (from the Health Research Council NZ) and 2021 Alan Sargeson Lectureship Award (by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute).

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Annual Report

Funding successes - Annual Report 2021

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.

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Annual Report

Awards - Annual Report 2021

May 9, 2022

This provides information about the range of awards received by MacDiarmid Institute Investigators in 2021.

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Annual Report

New Associate Investigators 2021

May 5, 2022

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

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