Dr Tim Kemmitt

Emeritus Investigator

Phone: 04 569 0149

Postal Address:

Callaghan Innovation
PO Box 31 310
Lower Hutt 5040

Dr Tim Kemmitt, is a Principal Research Scientist based at Callaghan Innovation, carrying out applied research for industry clients. He completed his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry in Southampton, UK in 1989.


Research Interests

Tim’s specialist areas of research are based in inorganic materials and nanotechnology applied to specialist coatings and thin films. Currently these include:

  • Metal alkoxides, sol-gel precursors and applications,
  • Functional oxides, ceramics, thick and thin films,
  • Formation of novel nanofunctional materials,
  • Formation of photocatalytic films and coatings,
  • Surfactants, colloids and dispersions.



Associated Content


Commitment and Collegiality

These plans will be the basis for a joint meeting between the Board and the Science Executive at the end of July. They define what we are doing now and what we intend to do, forming the basis for our rebidding proposal. The meeting was great and showed to me yet again how amazing the […]


Last thoughts for 2011

We have had a large number of successes this year, starting with Professor Sir Paul Callaghan (VUW) being named New Zealander of the Year which led straight into our biennial International conference.  This year the conference was held in Wellington and it was the largest of the five that we have held, bringing several hundred […]

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 […]

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 […]

AMN-5 Wellington 2011

The 5th biennial conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology was held at the Wellington Convention Centre, (Michael Fowler Centre and the Wellington Town Hall) from 5 to 11 February 2011. This was a very successful event, with 508 attendees (including sponsors) representing 56 countries. The conference programme included three Keynote speakers (Nobel Laureate Professor Sir […]

A Solar Sandwich

  It’s a fact that more energy, in the form of sunlight, strikes Earth in one hour than all of the energy consumed by humans in an entire year. So why not use it? With oil and gas supplies running out, energy demands expected to increase 50% by 2030 and the earth heating up, solar […]