Professor Ken MacKenzie

Emeritus Investigator

Phone: 04 463 5885

Fax:+64 4 4635237

Postal Address:

School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600
Wellington 6140

Professor Ken MacKenzie is a specialist in the development and structural investigation of a wide range of inorganic materials, including ceramics, glasses, cements and inorganic polymers. He has worked in this field for 50 years, has published more than 350 papers in international journals and is sought after as a plenary speaker at international conferences. He received his PhD in high-temperature mineral chemistry from Victoria University of Wellington in 1967 and his D.Sc in 1976. He has been the recipient of numerous medals and awards, including the Easterfield Medal of the NZ Institute of Chemistry, the Hector Medal of the Royal Society of NZ, the Shorland Medal of the NZ Association of Scientists, the Royal Society Medal for Science and Technology and the ICI Medal of the NZ Institute of Chemistry. He is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Chemistry, a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, an academecian of the World Academy of Ceramics and has held a James Cook Research Fellowship at Oxford University


Research Interests

Advanced inorganic materials, solid state chemistry, solid-state NMR spectroscopy

Development and structure of novel advanced inorganic materials for applications as catalysts, engineering and structural ceramics, electroceramics, bioceramics and ecologically-friendly materials for remediation of pollution. Investigation of these materials by X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, electron microscopy, Mossbauer spectroscopy and solid-state NMR.

His principal area of research for the last 14 years has been in the development and study of new inorganic polymers for environmental protection applications and other novel applications. He is expert in a number of experimental techniques, but particularly solid-state multinuclear magnetic resonance, about which he has written an authorative textbook.

Associated Content

Advanced Materials for Energy and Industry (Brown(I), Kemmitt, MacKenzie)

The research will design and develop new inorganic nano- and microstructures in ceramic and metal hybrid materials through precise control of chemical and electrochemical fabrication techniques.  This will provide new materials to benefit New Zealand’s ceramic export industry and will provide new approaches to the use of renewable energy resources, notably hydrogen and solar. In […]

Advanced Natural Fibre and Polymer Hybrid Materials (Johnston, MacKenzie)

The work will involve the incorporation and binding of metal nanoparticles, notably Au, Ag, Pd and related compounds onto and into natural fibres to provide nano-functionalisation and to fabricate nano-structured surfaces. Achieving control of the particle size and shape, self assembly and the chemical bonding of the respective nanomaterials to the fibre substrate will be […]

Complicated Materials and Messy Chemistry

  Ken MacKenzie, MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator, is a ceramics chemist. When I first heard that description it sounded like a contradiction in terms – ‘ceram­ics’ conjuring images of vases and bathroom sinks, I couldn’t see the chemistry in it. How wrong I was! According to Ken, in the last forty years the field has […]

Glittering Prizes – Ken MacKenzie

    Associate Professor Ken MacKenzie is the 2003 recipient of The NZ Association of Scientists Shoreland Medal and Royal Society of New Zealand Hector Medal. Ken is a ceramics chemist who has specialized in solid state NMR techniques, featuring in our previous “Interface” following the publication of his book on solid state NMR, jointly […]

New Royal Society of New Zealand Fellow

  Ken MacKenzie has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in recognition of the substantial contributions he has made to science. Ken is an Associate Professor in chemistry in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences and Senior Scientist in the Ceramics Team at Industrial Research Ltd. He is […]