Paul E Kruger - People - Chemistry - University of Canterbury - New Zealand
Associate Professor Paul Kruger

Professor Paul E Kruger



Principal Investigator with the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology


BSc (Hons), PhD (Monash); MA (Dublin); MRACI, MRSC

Field of Study

Inorganic Supramolecular Chemistry



Contact Details

DDI: +64 3 369 4367 (Internal 94367)
Fax: +64 3 364 2110


I undertook my BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees at Monash University (Melbourne, Asutralia) under the direction of Prof Keith S Murray, where my 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. I then spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Queen's University of Belfast investigating the structural and functional aspects of metallo-macrocyclic complexes with Prof Vickie McKee. I was then appointed to a lectureship at the University of Dublin,Trinity College before moving to the University of Canterbury in August 2007.

Research Interests

Our research interests touch upon all aspects of supramolecular chemistry ranging 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.

Coordination Polymers and Metal Organic Frameworks

  • Coordination polymers and porous metal-organic frameworks involving transition and lanthanide metal ions and poly-carboxylate-poly-pyridine ligands.

Paramagnetic Polynuclear Metallo-clusters

  • Coordination chemistry of clusters: structural and functional bio-models and single molecule magnets.

The Supramolecular Chemistry of Anion Binding and Sensing

  • Anion coordination chemistry and sensing, involving the development of naked-eye sensors for anions in aqueous media.

Metallo Helicate Chemistry

  • Supramolecular coordination chemistry of helical complexes, incorporating metallo- helicate synthesis and anion directed synthesis of helical species.

Metal Complexes and their Interaction with DNA

Research Group Members

Current Research Group: Mr Chris Hawes (PhD); Mr Kiran Dayaram (MSc Part II); Mr Mark Russell (MSc Part I); Ms Rosanna Archer (Hons); Mr Robbie Currie (Hons) (with Chris Fitchett); Mr Captain Rushworth (PG Dip Sci) (with Alison Downard).

Mr Ian McKeogh (PhD) and Mr David Walsh (PhD) who are based within the School of Chemistry, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

Former Postgraduate Students: Claire Butler (MSc 2008); Elsa Garrido (MSc 2008); Niamh R. Kelly (PhD 2007); Haslin Dato Paduka Haji Ali (PhD 2007); Sylvie Godfrin (PhD 2006); Murray MacLeod (PhD 2005); Michelle M. Walsh (MSc 2005); Eithne Tynan Pascual (PhD 2004); Brian Conerney (PhD 2003); Antonella Di Trapani (PhD 2002); Karen A O'Donoghue (PhD 2002); Robert P Doyle (PhD 2001); Michelle E Higgins (PhD 2001); P Noelle Scully (PhD 2001).

Former Postdoctoral Fellows: Dr Noreen M Martin; Dr Phil R Mackie; Dr Paul Jensen; Dr Frederick M Pfeffer; Dr Juliann Tierney; Dr Jen Keegan; Dr Sandrine Goetz; Dr Diane Pelleteret.

Representative Publications

  • Phone: +64 3 364 2100
    Fax: +64 3 364 2110
  • Department of Chemistry
    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800, Christchurch
    New Zealand
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