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Professor James Metson

Deputy Vice Chancellor Research

Jim has had a distinguished research career over 35 years, investigating many aspects of surface and interface science.  He has a particular interest in the processing and behaviour of aluminium oxide, especially smelter grade alumina. His wider research interests in surface and materials science include:

  • Metal oxides, hydroxides and nitrides in catalysis, semiconductor materials, absorbents and refractories
  • Synchrotron radiation and applications in surface and materials science.
  • Alumina microstructure and the impacts of alumina properties in aluminium reduction technology.
  • Silicon carbide based refractories for aluminium reduction technology 



As well as being an Associate Director of LMRC, Jim has several high profile roles:

  • Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, The University of Auckland
  • Deputy Dean - Faculty of Science, The University of Auckland
  • Chief Science Adviser - Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand Government
  • Principal Investigator, MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology