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Professor Shane Telfer

Professor Shane Telfer

Principal Investigator

Materials for Energy Capture and Utilisation

Phone:
+64 6 356 9099, ext. 84656

Address:
IFS-Chemistry
Massey University
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North 4442

Biography

Shane Telfer was born in the town of Clyde in Central Otago, New Zealand. He completed a BSc (Hons) and a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Canterbury, and is now a Professor of Chemistry at Massey University. This gradual drift northwards was punctuated by a post-doctoral odyssey that included stops in Geneva, Tokyo and Montreal.

Shane has broad interests in synthetic chemistry and molecular materials. The current focus of his research is the chemistry of metal-organic frameworks, a tremendously exciting new class of sponge-like materials. The pores in metal-organic frameworks are capable of sustainable gas storage (including carbon dioxide), separations and catalysis.

Research interests

We currently focus on metal-organic frameworks, which are crystalline ‘molecular sponges’ that have applications in gas storage, separations and catalysis.  We are exploring new ways to design and synthesize these materials and to enhance their functional properties.  We also have a keen interest in synthesizing new chromophoric compounds for applications in photovoltaics.

We create something out of nothing.

Professor Shane Telfer
Professor Shane Telfer

In the news

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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News Article

Showcasing science for future sustainability at Te Papa

August 22, 2019

Te Papa’s Nature exhibit features some of our scientists' work creating materials for energy technology key to mitigating climate change.

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Annual Report

Metal Organic Frameworks - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

An entire rugby turf in a teaspoon: the tiny crystal game-changers in combatting climate change.

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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

Case studies - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

Engender Ltd was formed by Principal Investigator Professor Cather Simpson in 2011 to provide a solution to the problem dairy farmers have of selecting the sex of their calves.

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Annual Report

Patents and spinouts 2018 - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

This article from our 2018 Annual Report provides information about the MacDiarmid Institute's latest inventions, patents and spinouts.

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Annual Report

Science of Surfaces bootcamp - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

This year 30 MacDiarmid Institute students - chemists and physicists - met up in Wanaka to discuss the science of...

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In The Media

MacDiarmid Professor Shane Telfer helps easing life for asthmatics

December 12, 2017

Scientists hope to help asthma sufferers and others needing oxygen at home by developing molecular sponges with nanoscale-sized pores to purify the air.

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Interface Magazine

Luke Liu: Metal-Organic Frameworks

July 10, 2015

Luke Liu builds molecular sponges—known as metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs, these molecular sponges have the potential to store and separate industrial compounds such as hydrogen, methane and carbon dioxide with high efficiency. The energy required to separate these compounds using current methods is high—for example, about a third of the power generated from coal burning is used to capture the carbon dioxide from the post-combustion gas mixtures produced during the coal burning process.

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Interface Magazine

Public Lecture Series: The Energy Revolution

July 10, 2015

The age of fossil fuels is coming to an end and global warming from their burning is undeniable - but when will tomorrow begin? Will there be a long transition period, with a mish-mash of renewables while we learn to harness the sun’s energy efficiently, as plants have been doing for 3.5 billion years? Is there even enough sunlight striking the Earth to supply the increasing energy demands of 6-9 billion humans?

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Videos

NZ Innovation for Sustainability - Napier

August 28, 2019

Dr Carla Meledandri and Dr Shane Telfer talk about how materials science is offering a greener future for our planet.

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Shane Telfer - microscopic pores for CO2 capture

March 21, 2019

Professor Shane Telfer is working to capture carbon in the atmosphere so climate change can be more effectively tackled.

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