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Prof Richard Haverkamp

Professor of Nanotechnology

School of Food and Advanced Technology


Awards, Fellowships, Memberships

  • President's Award (the highest award of the Institution), IPENZ, 2005.
  • MBIE Gold Status for a team research project 2014
  • Fellow, Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), elected 2003.
  • Fellow, New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC), elected 2001.
  • Chartered Professional Engineer
  • Visiting researcher SINTEF, Norway, 1996, 2002
  • Visiting professor, NTNU, Norway, 2010, 2014, 2017 
  • Visting researcher, MIT, US, 2015 
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Victoria University of Wellington 2007- 2010
  • Future Director's Award, MORST, 2000,
  • Certificate in Company Direction (InstD)
  • Senior Member American Institute of Chemical Engineers, AIChE
  • Member, America Institute of Minerals, Metals and Petroleum Engineers.
  • Member American Chemical Society, ACS
  • Member, Royal Society of New Zealand


  • Council Member AINSE 2015 -
  • Chair, Powder Diffraction Programme Advisory Committee  for the Australian Synchrotron 2011-2012
  • Member, XAS Programme Advisory Committee  for the Australian Synchrotron 2010-2011
  • Member, User Advisory Committee, Australian Synchrotron, 2011-2012
  • New Zealand delegate to the Asia-Oceania Forum for Synchrotron Radiation Research 2009, 2010, 2011
  • New Zealand delegate to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Innovation Technology Dialogue. Kazan, Russia, May 2012
  • Governing Board Member, IPENZ, 2001-2008
  • President, Royal Society of New Zealand Manawatu Branch 2004-5; Council Member 2002, 2006-8.
  • Chairman, Manawatu Branch, IPENZ, 2002-3; Committee Member 2000-1, 2004.
  • Chairman, Manawatu Branch, NZIC, 2001-2.
  • Competency Assessment Board member, IPENZ, 2002.
  • Standards and Accreditation Board member, IPENZ, 2003-8.
  • Business Engineer task group, IPENZ, 2002.
  • New Technology Development Group of Massey University 2001-3.
  • Palmerston North Research Committee deputy chair 2004 (member 2002-3).
  • Grant Development Fund committee member 2004-7.
  • Performance Based Research Fund  - Engineering Facilitator for Massey University 2012
  • Appointed to other Massey Committees including TEPC, Major Leaders, PBRF liaison, student liaison
  • Nanotechnology Theme Chair, organising committee of Chemeca 2012
  • Director, Nanotechnology Group.

Editorships, Grant Reviews, Refereeing

  • Associate-Editor PLOSONE 
  • Associate-Editor, Scientific Data (Springer-Nature)
  • Associate-Editor, Heliyon (Elsevier)
  • Reviewer for Australian Research Council.
  • Reviewer for The Research Council of Norway.
  • Reviewer for National Research Council of Canada
  • Reviewer for the National Science Foundation (US)
  • Reviewer for the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore (A*STAR)
  • Reviewer for Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (NZ)
  • Reviewer for agencies in Ireland, Poland, 
  • External Reviewer for BE (Chemical Engineering) programme, Monash University, Sunway Campus, 2009.
  • Reviewer for a wide range of journals

Postgraduate Teaching and Research

  • 57 Honours projects completed (supervised).
  • 16 PhD and Masters projects completed (supervised).
  • 5 Post Doctoral Fellows (full or partial supervision).
  • Chair of 7 PhD confirmation committees (internal).
  • External examiner for 10 PhD (Physics, Chemistry and Engineering) and 15 Masters.
  • Best Teacher (Undergraduate) Award 2000, ITE, Massey University.
  • Previously Option Coordinator BE (Chemical and Nanotechnology).

Research Funding and Industrial Collaborations

  • Current ongoing commercial research contracts or collaborations include MBIE (High Value Products from Hides and Skins 2103-2018) , Aroa Biosurgery, Integra Life Sciences, New Zealand Institute for Minerals to Materials Research (MBIE, 2018-2021  $11M), Electrospun Bio printing Technology in the Production of Complex Collagen Tissues (MBIE 2018-2020 $1M).
  • Consulted to over 55 companies, in New Zealand and in the US, France, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, UK and Canada.

H-index 27 (Scopus)

The focus of my research is on nanotechnology applied to soft and hard materials with research projects in the following areas:

  • Collagen materials – structure of leather and materials for medical applications
  • High value products from mineral resources
  • Applications of synchrotron techniques
  • Carbon materials
  • Nanoparticles – for electrocatalysts and from phytosynthesis
  • Surface reactions – in electrochemistry and catalysis
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Contact details

  • Ph: 06 356 9099 x 83811
    Location: RD2.37, Riddet
    Campus: Palmerston North

Research Expertise

Research Interests



21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Chemical Engineering (090400):
Chemical Science (030000):
Engineering (090000): Materials Engineering (091200):
Nanotechnology (100700):
Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural (030600):
Physical Sciences (020000):
Technology (100000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Not Specified 1 0
Project Leader 3 23

Completed Projects

Project Title: Artery Heterograft Development from Natural Biomaterials (Science for Technological Innovation - National Science Challenge)

Date Range: 2018 - 2019

Funding Body: Callaghan Innovation

Project Team:

Project Title: High performance electrocatalysts for proton exchange membrane water electrolysers producing hydrogen

This work gives a descriptive analysis of incidence, mortality and survival from gastric cancer for Maori
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Date Range: 2007 - 2009

Funding Body: Foundation for Research, Science & Technology

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

Undergraduate Teaching (2017)

228153   Introductory Engineering Studies

280372 Reaction Technologies and Processes

236301 Advanced Topics in Nanotechnology

228798 Engineering Research Project

280721 Process Improvement

228711 Engineering Design

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 0 5
Co-supervisor 1 3

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Sam Brooke - Doctor of Philosophy
    Molybdenum Disulfide Nanoribbons for Catalytic and Electronic Applications

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2018 - Susyn Kelly - Doctor of Philosophy
    Use of small angle X-ray scattering in investigations of leather and the cornea
  • 2017 - Hanan Kayed - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Effects Cross Linking on Collagen Type I Nanostructure and Nanostructural Response to Uniaxial Tension
  • 2016 - Hannah Wells - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Structure and Performance of Collagen Biomaterials
  • 2015 - Katherine Sizeland - Doctor of Philosophy
    Nanostructure and Physical Properties of Collagen Biomaterials
  • 2013 - Melissa Basil-Jones - Doctor of Philosophy
    Fibrillar collagen structure in ovine leather and related materials and its relationship to strength

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Omid Taheri Qazvini - Doctor of Philosophy
    Metal-Organic Frameworks for Selective Gas Separation
  • 2017 - Rafea Naffa - Doctor of Philosophy
    Understanding the Molecular Basis of the Strength Differences in Skins Used in Leather Manufacture
  • 2008 - Jacobus Evers - Doctor of Philosophy
    Novel Analytical Techniques for Studying the Milk Fat Globule membrane

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