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Associate Professor Duncan McGillivray

Associate Professor Duncan McGillivray

Principal Investigator

Functional Nanostructures

Phone:
+64 9 923 8255

Address:
School of Chemical Sciences
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland 1142

Biography

Duncan McGillivray is an Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry at the University of Auckland. His current research is focussed on material science, including colloids and surface science.

Duncan trained in neutron and X-ray scattering in the UK, USA and Australia before establishing his research group in New Zealand. His PhD was at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and he then worked in the USA at Johns Hopkins and Carnegie Mellon Universities, and the NIST Center for Neutron Research, and in Australia at the Australian National University.

Research interests

Duncan is interested in the physical basis of biological interactions at surfaces, particularly through investigating the structure of complex non-crystalline protein systems, and how to adapt colloidal systems and surfaces for controllable functionality using biomacromolecules.

This includes looking at membrane proteins, antimicrobial materials, nanoplastics, and protein aggregates in solution and how they respond to damage or stress – such as oxidation or high pressure/temperature.

I’m interested in the physical basis of biological interactions at surfaces.

Associate Professor Duncan McGillivray

In the news

Annual Report

Kōrero partnership with NZEI - Annual Report 2019

May 25, 2020

In partnership with the New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI), we held Kōrero sessions teaching nanoscience to early childhood and primary teachers.

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Annual Report

When physics meets biochemistry - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

Could bio-inspired self-assembled magnetic structures make computers more efficient?

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Annual Report

2018 funding successes - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2018. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.

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Annual Report

Kōrero partnership with NZEI - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

Kōrero sessions were again held around the country – with two sessions held in each of three centres (Auckland 120 attendees, Wellington 32, Christchurch 49).

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Events

Materials: Fact or Fiction - Wanaka (23 October)

September 24, 2020

Associate Professor Duncan McGillivray and Dr Krista Steenbergen give their scientific take on whether fictional materials could be reality in a not too far off future.

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Podcasts

Element of the Week - Chlorine (Cl)

Element of the Week - Chlorine (Cl)

December 2, 2019

Associate Professor Duncan McGillivray introduces the element Chlorine on RadioNZ Nights' Element of the Week.

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Element of the Week - Fluroine (F)

Element of the Week - Fluorine (F)

November 4, 2019

Associate Professor Duncan McGillivray introduces the element Fluorine on RadioNZ Nights' Element of the Week.

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Element of the Week - Sodium (Na)

Element of the Week - Sodium (Na)

June 21, 2019

Associate Professor Duncan McGillivray introduces the element Sodium on RadioNZ Nights' Element of the Week.

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Element of the Week - Uranium (U)

Element of the Week - Uranium (U)

September 9, 2019

Associate Professor Duncan McGillivray introduces the element Uranium on RadioNZs Nights' Element of the Week.

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Materials: Fact or Fiction - Baakonite

Materials: Fact or Fiction - Baakonite

September 23, 2020

Duncan McGillivray, Principal Investigator at the MacDiarmid Institute gives us his scientific take on Baakonite from Star Trek.

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