Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble

Margaret Brimble

Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble

Associate Investigator

Phone: 09 3737599 ext 88259

Postal Address:

School of Chemical Sciences

The University of Auckland

23 Symonds St

Auckland 1042

  margaret-brimbleMargaret Brimble holds the Chair of Organic Chemistry and is Director of Medicinal Chemistry at The University of Auckland. She is the Vice-President of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division (Division III) of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), and an Associate Editor for Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry.

In 2012 Margaret was awarded the RSNZ Rutherford medal (NZ’s top science medal), the Hector Medal (Chemical Sciences) and the McDiarmid medal (research for human benefit) and in 2008 the World Class NZ Award for Research, Science and Technology. She was the 2007 L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate for Asia-Pacific in Materials Science and won the RSC Natural Product Chemistry Award (2010), the  RACI Adrien Albert Award (2011) and the Novartis Chemistry Award. She has been conferred with two Queen’s honours (MNZM 2004 and CNZM 2012) for her services to science.


Research Interests

Current research focuses on the synthesis of functionalised peptides designed to adsorb onto the surface of new crystals in order to control their nucleation and growth. Peptides are designed and synthesized to control the shape, size and surface functionality of metal nanoparticles – precious metals intended for catalytic application and iron, intended for magnetic particles useful in medical imaging and diagnostic devices. The synthesis of self assembling peptides that organize into hierarchical structures that mimic some of the beauty of biological systems is also under investigation. The synthesis of highly organized glycopolymers, glycopeptides and lipopeptides  is also being undertaken in order to investigate the unique physical and biological properties of these complex materials that contain biologically relevant moieties. The synthesis of antimicrobial proteins is of particular interest in order to study their mechanism of interaction with lipid bilayers and membranes.


Associated Content


Margaret Brimble: Kiwi professor wins global chemistry award

A leading New Zealand chemistry professor has scooped up a global award for being an outstanding achiever in her field. Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble of the University of Auckland was named as one of this year’s Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. She is the first New Zealander to be named for the award. […]


International Recognition for Margaret Brimble

MacDiarmid Institute Associate Investigator Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble of the University of Auckland has been recognised with a global award for outstanding achievement in her field. Professor Brimble was named one of this year’s Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). Every second year IUPAC honours […]


Women of Influence Recognised

Four MacDiarmind Institute Investigators; Margaret Brimble, Michelle Dickinson, Nicola Gaston and Kathryn McGrath were shortlisted in the Fairfax Media and Westpac Women of Excellence Awards. The Women of Influence Awards identify the bold, energetic women who are helping shape New Zealand and its future across eight categories. They acknowledge women who are having an impact well beyond their […]


NZ scientist discoveres Rhett drug

An Auckland University scientist has discovered a drug to treat a crippling brain disease that affects thousands of women worldwide. Margaret Brimble and her team made the break-through that if approved will be the first New Zealand discovery registered by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Prof Brimble said the FDA might fast-track […]


Women of Influence and Young Science Communicators: Movers and Shakers of Our Future

The first celebrating New Zealand Women, a Fairfax Media and Westpac initiative, now it its second year, and the second New Zealand’s young science communicators in the Sir Paul Callaghan EUREKA! Awards, a Rotary initiative running now for three years. Professor Margaret Brimble, an Associate Investigator in the institute and based in the School of […]


Women of Influence Profiled

Four MacDiarmind Institute Investigators; Margaret Brimble, Michelle Dickinson, Nicola Gaston and Kathryn McGrath have been shortlisted in the Fairfax Media and Westpac Women of Excellence Awards. The Innovation and Science category recognises women who are driving innovation within a business, workplace or community, through their work in the sciences, medicine, academia, IT and biotechnology, finance, engineering or in organisational design and management.    Source: […]


Science forum targets young minds

Professor offers advice to schoolgirls and says discipline needs to attract ‘women who will make a difference’ You only live once – so do what you love.” While hardly rocket science, the advice was just as important as anything else one of our most accomplished chemists could impart to the next generation of female researchers […]


Women of Influence

The MacDiarmid Institute had four investigators placed as finalists in the Science and Innovation category of Westpac’s Women of Influence Awards for 2014.

Being a PhD Student in New Zealand

  Raoul Peltier, France What degree are you doing?A PhD in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Auckland, supervised by Professors David Williams and Margaret Brimble. What is your research about?Antifreeze glycoproteins found in Antarctic fishes inhibit the growth of tiny ice crystals at cold temperatures. This allows the fish to survive in […]

Women of Influence alumni: Margaret Brimble