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Professor Paul E. Kruger

Professor Paul E. Kruger

Principal Investigator

Materials for Energy Capture and Utilisation

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Department of Chemistry
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140


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

Research interests

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:

  • Spin-switching materials that possess externally addressable spin-switching Fe(II) centres. Potential applications for these materials is as the active components in temperature, pressure or guest induced magnetic switches or molecular or ion detection.
  • Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) that are permanently porous show promising applications in catalysis, separation, strategic gas storage and molecular recognition.
  • Anion sensing through the development of molecules capable of acting as 'naked-eye' or fluorescent anion sensors for use in medical devices and environmental monitoring.
  • Host-guest chemistry of metal-organic cages that possess geometrically and electronically predefined internal voids capable of binding guest molecules. These materials may find potential application as drug delivery vectors, sensor materials and as para-magnetic chemical exchange saturation transfer (PARACEST) magnetic-resonance contrast agents. 

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
Professor Paul E. Kruger

In the news

Annual Report

Funding successes - Annual Report 2019

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.

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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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News Article

MacDiarmid Institute-led research recieves $4.1 million funding

November 5, 2019

MacDiarmid Institute-led advanced materials and nanotechnology research received $4.1 million funding through the 2019 Marsden Fund.

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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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Paul Kruger - building things with molecules

March 21, 2019

Professor Paul Kruger is using metal organic frameworks to capture carbon dioxide for emissions reduction efforts.

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