Professor Paul E. Kruger

Paul Kruger

Professor Paul E. Kruger

Principal Investigator

Phone: 03 364 2438

Fax:03 364 2110

Postal Address:

Department of Chemistry
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140

Paul undertook his BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) under the direction of Prof Keith S Murray, where his research was centred on the synthesis of multi-nuclear metal complexes in the quest to develop species of bio-mimetic relevance and as novel magnetic materials. He then spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Queen’s University of Belfast investigating the structural and functional aspects of metallo-macrocyclic complexes with Prof Vickie McKee. Paul was then appointed to a lectureship at the University of Dublin, Trinity College before moving to the University of Canterbury where he is now Professor of Chemistry.


Research Interests

Paul’s research interests touch upon all aspects of Supramolecular Chemistry and ranges from organic synthesis and coordination chemistry, through materials and structural chemistry, to host-guest and sensor chemistry. This work is underpinned by structural analysis by single-crystal X-ray diffraction which is complimented by a range of spectroscopic techniques. In a series of endeavours the Kruger group are addressing the following research themes:

  • Spin-switching materials that possess externally addressable spin-switching Fe(II) centres. Potential applications for these materials is as the active components in temperature, pressure or guest induced magnetic switches or molecular or ion detection.
  • Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) that are permanently porous show promising applications in catalysis, separation, strategic gas storage and molecular recognition.
  • Anion sensing through the development of molecules capable of acting as ‘naked-eye’ or fluorescent anion sensors for use in medical devices and environmental monitoring.
  • Host-guest chemistry of metal-organic cages that possess geometrically and electronically predefined internal voids capable of binding guest molecules. These materials may find potential application as drug delivery vectors, sensor materials and as para-magnetic chemical exchange saturation transfer (PARACEST) magnetic-resonance contrast agents.




Associated Content


MacDiarmid Institute’s Seventh International Conference Huge Success

This past week we have been in Nelson hosting our seventh international conference, attended by over 500 delegates and superbly organised by our Principal Investigator Shane Telfer (Massey University) and his team. In addition to the hundreds of science presentations we have been involved in a range of outreach activities during the week. This tradition […]


The Christmas Wrap

We’ve had another big year. We welcomed two new Deputy Directors Profs David Williams (UoA) and Alison Downard (UoC) (Shaun Hendy stepping down at the end of last year and Simon Brown at mid year). We also welcomed six new Principal Investigators (Natalie Plank (VUW), Cather Simpson (UoA), John Kennedy (GNS), Duncan McGillivray (UoA), Bernd […]


Videos – Meet our scientists

During AMN-7 the Science Media Centre “SAVVY Express” team offered our Investigators and students targeted 15 minute sessions to practice speaking about their research on-camera, with feedback and training from a professional interviewer. The result is a series of seventeen interesting 90 second videos all of which are now available to watch via SMC’s Youtube channel, or you can […]

Thinking Outside the Box

  Paul Kruger has bucked the trend, and gone the other way across the Tasman. “I’m originally from Melbourne,” he says. “But it’s not like I came from Australia directly to here, I came via Ireland and collected a family along the way.” He moved to Christchurch with his wife and two young children about […]

Collaborating On A (Very) Small Scale

    Casual conversations over conference tea-cups, chance meetings in stairwells, idle flicking through a journal – these may not sound like the stuff of which scientific endeavours are made, but they can provide a surprisingly significant role in the development of research projects and collaborations that span an organisation, a city, sometimes even the […]