Professor Jim Johnston has a Personal Chair in Chemistry in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry.
His research programmes are positioned at the university-industry interface and are concerned with the innovative development of new materials and nanofunctionalised materials and new chemical process technologies. They include the use of nanogold and nanosilver are used as unique colourfast colourants and provide antimicrobial functionality on NZ wool for high value fashion apparel, upholstery textiles and carpets for international luxury markets; nano-structured calcium silicate products and their industry applications; enhanced energy recovery from geothermal waters; and the use of wet air oxidation for treating organic waste streams.
This has resulted in two new start up companies: Noble Bond Ltd to commercialize the nanogold and nanosilver wool technologies and products internationally, and Wetox Ltd to commercialize the wet air oxidation technology. He has published 140 research papers and is the inventor on 15 patents.
Professor Johnston’s successes in the research and development and application of these innovative science and technology programmes have been recognised by him being awarded of the following prizes:
Our long-term goal is to establish new export manufacturing industries in New Zealand and to provide new products and technologies to local and international industries. We work closely with industry and our various research projects are largely funded by industry and MBIE research grants.Professor Jim Johnston
April 20, 2023
The MacDiarmid Institute’s research is now called ‘Deep Tech’ by the various investors who beat a path to our door.
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.
October 20, 2020
Congratulations to Eldon Tate and Jim Johnston for their big wins at the Kiwinet Research Commercialisation Awards.
September 23, 2020
Three MacDiarmid Institute researchers are among 12 finalists selected for the annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.
September 15, 2020
Dr Eldon Tate reflects on his path from studying science in high school to founding the startup company Inhibit Coatings.
March 16, 2020
Steel and vanadium could be cleaned up thanks to our scientists.
October 18, 2016
12 of our Investigators were successful in MBIE 2016 Endeavour Round and are involved in both Smart Ideas and Research Programmes.