Please have a look at the fantastic line up of speakers and abstracts that will be presented at the 2017 Convention.

Dr Simon Hinkley - Ferrier Research Institute

A two-pack presentation: developing new technologies for coatings (co-written & presented with Hannah Robinson)

The process of inventing new chemistry to tackle established problems has a number of fishhooks. Cost, ease of manufacture, stability and compatibility with existing technologies all serve to constrain the molecular structure under development. Let us not forget the issue of some jurisdictions’ regulatory hurdles that almost proscribe the introduction of any new chemical into the environment.

In this two-part, two-person presentation we will provide a snapshot of research completed in our group that we propose could meet the aforementioned limitations, while still demonstrating novelty and creativity suitable for the intended applications. Some new chemistry of acyl hydrazides, an established industrial crosslinking methodology, will be discussed. In part-two we will present a perspective on our very recent work into marine antifouling-coatings.

Simon is a Senior Lecturer at the Ferrier Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington with a background in large-scale drug manufacture and high-potency chemical purification. This background has been particularly useful in training students for New Zealand industry through a new Master in Drug Discovery and Development course offered by the University. Current research activities in the team are wide ranging: natural products chemistry, indoor-air health and sick building syndrome, the development of new pharmaceuticals, complex carbohydrate-polymer characterisation and novel coating formulations for marine antifouling applications.