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Prof Shane Telfer


School of Fundamental Sciences

Professor in Chemistry

School of Fundamental Sciences

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Prizes and Awards

  • I was awarded the NZ Institute of Chemistry Prize for Excellence in the Chemical Sciences in 2015. - New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (2015)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

We are interested in all aspects of supramolecular chemistry and functional materials, especially those involving  transition metals. We focus on the design of molecule-based materials, implement methods for their synthesis, then investigate their properties.  Molecular design, synthetic chemistry, and materials analysis underpin our research. Our current primary focal points are  metal-organic framework (MOF) 'molecular sponges' that can be used for gas separation, storage and catalysis, and chromophoric transition metal complexes.


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Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Chemical Characterisation of Materials (030301): Chemical Science (030000):
Engineering (090000): Functional Materials (091205):
Inorganic Chemistry (030200): Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry (030300): Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry not elsewhere classified (030399):
Materials Engineering (091200):
Nanochemistry and Supramolecular Chemistry (030302): Synthesis of Materials (030306)

Research Projects

Current Projects

Project Title: Nanocaged Enzymes

Date Range: 2019 - 2021

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

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Project Title: Disruptive technologies from metal-organic frameworks

Date Range: 2017 - 2020

Funding Body: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

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Project Title: Ordered multicomponent Metal-Organic Frameworks

Date Range: 2015 - 2020

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

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Completed Projects

Project Title: Creating nothing out of something: A route to ultraporous metal-organic frameworks

Date Range: 2011 - 2016

Funding Body: Marsden Fund - Full

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Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

  • 123.203 Inorganic Chemistry and Modelling
  • 123.313 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

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