Professor Paul Kruger is Deputy Director in Stakeholder Engagement and Principal Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute. Paul undertook his BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), where his research was centred on the synthesis of multi-nuclear metal complexes in the quest to develop species of bio-mimetic relevance and as novel magnetic materials. He then spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, investigating the structural and functional aspects of metallo-macrocyclic complexes.
Paul was then appointed to a lectureship at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, rising through the ranks before moving to the University of Canterbury where he is Professor of Chemistry. Paul’s research interests are centred in Supramolecular Chemistry with an emphasis on investigating Metalorganic Frameworks (MOFs) for carbon capture and energy transduction
Paul's research interests touch upon all aspects of Supramolecular Chemistry and ranges from organic synthesis and coordination chemistry, through materials and structural chemistry, to host-guest and sensor chemistry.
This work is underpinned by structural analysis by single-crystal X-ray diffraction which is complimented by a range of spectroscopic techniques. In a series of endeavours the Kruger group are addressing the following research themes:
Our research programme will benefit New Zealand in the form of new knowledge and manufacturing processes that could be taken up by exporters.Professor Paul E. Kruger
May 26, 2020
Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2019. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.
May 25, 2020
In partnership with the New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI), we held Kōrero sessions teaching nanoscience to early childhood and primary teachers.
November 5, 2019
MacDiarmid Institute-led advanced materials and nanotechnology research received $4.1 million funding through the 2019 Marsden Fund.
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).
March 21, 2019
Professor Paul Kruger is using metal organic frameworks to capture carbon dioxide for emissions reduction efforts.