Dr Ari Brandenburg

Advanced Technical Officer

Qualifications: PhD (Chemistry, TU Dresden / IFW Dresden) (2018) | Diplom (Chemistry, TU Chemnitz) (2012)

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About Ari

Kia ora!

I am currently working as an Advanced Technical Officer / Research Assistant at the University of Waikato - Faculty of Science and Engineering, based in Tauranga. Being located at the Coastal Marine Field Station I am part of the Entrepreneurial Universities Macroalgal Biotechnology Programme focusing on macroalgal (both fresh and marine) biotechnologies.
Laboratory Safety Supervisor, my main tasks consist of handling and maintaining measurements on GC-MS and HPLC as well as other chemical analysis and extraction methods. In addition, I am constantly learning and implementing new skills, while being at the interface between research and technical realisation.

During my PhD, I have been working on the synthesis of endohedral fullerenes and their chemical derivatization. I applied HPLC methods for separation as well as several analysis techniques like mass spectrometry and UV-Vis-spectroscopy, including troubleshooting. One of my responsibilities included training and advising of post-grad students.

Optimistic realist, scientific thinker, constant learner, globetrotter, always open to new experiences.

Research Interests


  • A. Brandenburg, D.S. Krylov, A. Beger, A.U.B. Wolter, B. Büchner, A.A. Popov; Carbide clusterfullerene DyYTiC@C80 featuring three different metals in the endohedral cluster and its single-ion magnetism, Chem. Commun., 2018, 54, 10683-10686.
    DOI: 10.1039/C8CC04736G
  • C. Schlesier, L. Spree, A. Kostanyan, R. Westerström, A. Brandenburg, A. Wolter, S. Yang, T. Greber, A.A. Popov; Strong carbon cage influence on the single molecule magnetism in Dy–Sc nitride clusterfullerenes, Chem. Commun., 2018, 54, 9730-9733.
    DOI:  10.1039/C8CC05029E
  • D.S. Krylov, F. Liu, A. Brandenburg, L. Spree, V. Bon, S. Kasel, A.U.B. Wolter, B. Büchner, S.M. Avdoshenko, A.A. Popov; Magnetization relaxation in the single-ion magnet DySc2N@C80: quantum tunneling, magnetic dilution, and unconventional temperature dependence, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 11656-11672.
    DOI: 10.1039/C8CP01608A

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Chemistry; Coastal Sciences; Environmental Science and Technology; Science

Analytical Chemistry | Research | Technical Maintenance

Contact Details

Room: Coastal Marine Field Station
Cellphone: +64 22 013 9382