Chemistry Dept Research Groups - UC - Electrochemistry Analytical & Surface Chemistry

Downard Electrochemistry and Surface Chemistry Research Group

Welcome to the Downard Electrochemistry and Surface Chemistry Research Group

From left: Kalib Bell, Paula Brooksby, Brad Simons, Alison Downard, Haifeng Ma, Lita Lee (absent: Nei-Jin Ke)

About us

The Downard Group is an electrochemistry  and surface chemistry group. Our research focuses on the fabrication, characterisation and surface modification of conducting and non-conducting substrates.
We are located in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Canterbury under the supervision of Professor Alison J Downard, a Principal Investigator with The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.

Our current research receives funding from:

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Group Vacancies

We currently have no fully funded PhD scholarships available.

The University offers scholarships for local and international PhD and MSc students. However applicants must have very high grades to be successful. If you have a GPA equivalent to 8.2/9.0 or higher for your last two years of university study, and meet other entrance criteria, you should consider applying for a UC scholarship.
For further information, please consult the following websites:

Sources of Postdoctoral Research Funding to come and work with us in New Zealand
Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowships

We are also always interested in hearing from prospective postdoctoral fellows or academic visitors who can obtain their own funding to come and join us.

To enquire about these possibilities, please contact Alison Downard via email


  • 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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