Professor Allan Blackman

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Head of Postgraduate

Phone: (+64) 09 921 9642



B.Sc (Hons) (University of Otago)
Ph.D (University of Otago)

Memberships and Affiliations:

Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry
Editorial Board Member, Polyhedron (Elsevier)


Following my Ph.D at Otago under the expert supervision of Professor David Buckingham and Dr Charles Clark I undertook postdoctoral study with Professor George Christou at Indiana University. I returned to a lecturer position at Otago where I eventually became Associate Professor (2008). During this time I spent periods of sabbatical leave with Professor Bill Tolman (Minnesota), Professor Lawrie Gahan (Brisbane), Dr Carole Duboc, Dr Marie-Noëlle Collomb and Dr Alain Deronzier (Grenoble). In 2013 I was appointed Professor of Chemistry at AUT.

Teaching Areas:

General Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry

Research Areas:

  • The synthesis, structure and reactivity of coordination complexes.
  • The use of coordination complexes as catalysts for biological and industrial processes.
  • Kinetics of chemical reactions.
  • Multinuclear NMR and X-ray crystallography as characterisation tools.
  • Chemical education. 


Chemistry. Blackman, A. G., Bottle, S. E., Schmid, S., Mocerino, M., Wille, U. John Wiley and Sons Australia, Ltd. 1071 pages. ISBN 978-0-47081-086-6 (2008)

Chemistry, 2nd Edition. Blackman, A. G., Bottle, S. E., Schmid, S., Mocerino, M., Wille, U. John Wiley and Sons Australia, Ltd. 1229 pages. ISBN 978-1-74246-707-8 (2011)

Aylward and Findlay’s SI Chemical Data, Blackman, A.G., Gahan, L.R., Aylward, G., Findlay, T., 7th Edition, John Wiley and Sons Australia, ISBN 978-0-73030-246-9 (2014)

Five-coordinate [PtII(bipyridine)2(phosphine)]n+ complexes: Long-lived intermediates in ligand substitution reactions of [Pt(bipyridine)2]2+ with phosphine ligands. Lo, W. K. C., Cavigliasso, G., Stranger, R., Crowley, J.D., Blackman, A.G. Inorg. Chem., 53: 3595-3605 (2014).

Efficient Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production in Water from a Cobalt(III) Tetraaza-macrocyclic Catalyst. Electrochemical Generation of the Low-valent Co(I) Species and its Reactivity toward Proton Reduction. Varma, S., Castillo, C. E., Stoll, T., Fortage, J., Blackman, A.G., Molton, F., Deronzier, A., Collomb, M-N. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 15: 17544 – 17552 (2013)