Associate Professor Vladimir Golovko

Vladimir Golovko

Associate Professor Vladimir Golovko

Associate Investigator

Phone: 03 364 2442

Postal Address:

Department of Chemistry
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140

golovkoDr Vladimir Golovko is a associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of Canterbury (UC), Christchurch, NZ. His research is focused on precisely fabricated nanostructured materials for applications in heterogeneous catalysis. He joined UC from Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK, where he did his PhD in Organometallic Chemistry and was then a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Professor B F G Johnson, FRS. A native of Ukraine, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and a Degree of Specialist from the National Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev.


Research Interests

Vladimir’s research interests include synthesis of atomically precise metal clusters, metal and metal oxide nanoparticles using solution-based methodology, with focus on control over morphology and chemical structure. Detailed characterisation of the mentioned above nanomaterials using variety of complementary techniques for better understanding of their nature. Use of nanoparticles as catalysts in fabrication of nanostructured materials (CNTs, ZnO etc.) and chemical, photo-  and electro-catalytic processes under mild, environmentally friendly conditions (solvent-free, selective transformations involving renewable chemical feedstocks). Controlled fabrication of advanced coatings and sensors using well-defined nanoparticles as key ingredients. Study of bio-molecule functionalized nanoparticles of metals and metal oxides and their interaction with biologically important objects.

Associated Content


MI Investigators successful in MBIE Endeavour Round 2016 & Smart Ideas

12 of our Investigators were successful in MBIE 2016 Endeavour Round.

MacDiarmid Investigators are involved in both ‘Smart Ideas’ and ‘Research Programmes’.

Nanostructured Materials for Applications in Catalysis (Golovko, Kemmitt, Brown(I), Johnston, Tilley, Telfer and others)

The chemical reactivity of the nano-structured catalysts will be explored with a focus on revealing structure-property relationships, particularly on how size, chemical composition and morphology of the nanoparticles affect their performance as catalysts. Their catalytic activity and selectivity will be investigated in relation to partial, selective oxidation under benign conditions, photocatalytic degradation of pollutants and […]

Making Patterns

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Cool Catalysis

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New Principal Investigators

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