Emeritus Professor Ken Mackay

Emeritus Professor (Inorganic Chemistry)

Qualifications: B.Sc. Aberdeen (1957) (lst Class Hons), Ph.D. Cambridge (1960). University of Nottingham, Lecturer (1960-70), University of Waikato, Reader (1970-79), Professor (1979-date). Dean of School (1991-1998) C. Chem., F.R.S.C. (Associate 1962, Fellow 1972). Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Research Interests

My research interests have covered: the chemistry of Main Group hydrides and simpler organometallics, especially silanes and germanes; the chemistry of hydrides with Group 14-metal bonds; carbonyls and related clusters with skeletons consisting of (i) Si, Ge, Sn or As combined with (ii) Fe, Co, Mn, or related metals; molecular spectroscopy, particularly 73Ge NMR.


  • Condensation and cluster formation in germanium-polycobalt and germanium-iron systems (with Professor Nicholson).
  • Investigations of new Ge-metal, Si-metal and Sn-metal systems.
  • The catalysed addition of Ge-H to C=C and related studies.
  • Investigation of clusters as possible catalysts. The formation of metal germanide films.
  • NMR Studies of 73Ge and other less-common nuclei, including relevant syntheses.

Contact Details

Phone: +64 7 838 4027