Dr Cameron Weber

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Phone: +64 09 921 9999 ext. 5098

Email: cameron.weber@aut.ac.nz


  • BSc(Adv)(Hons) (University of Sydney)
  • PhD (University of Sydney)

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Member of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry


My BSc(Adv)(Hons) and PhD were both completed at the University of Sydney, Australia. The focus of my PhD research was the determination of the impact of ionic liquid structural effects on fundamental reactions in organic chemistry. This was completed under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Tony Masters and Prof. Thomas Maschmeyer. I was then appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT, USA under the supervision of Prof. Allan Myerson using ionic liquids as solvents for the purification of pharmaceuticals. A postdoctoral position at Imperial College London, UK with Prof. Tom Welton on the use of spectroscopic techniques to elucidate the structure of ionic liquid mixtures was followed by the award of a prestigious Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship at Imperial College London, UK pursuing the use of new solvents for advances in metal-free hydrogenation chemistry. In February 2017 I joined the School of Science at AUT as a lecturer.


Teaching Areas:

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Green and Sustainable Chemistry

Research Areas:

  • New approaches to metal-free hydrogenation
  • Controlling chemical reactivity using microscopically heterogeneous reaction media
  • Ionic liquids as solvents
  • Intermolecular interactions
  • Reaction kinetics and mechanism
  • Solvent effects
  • Green and sustainable chemistry


A complete list of publications can be found at my Google Scholar site. Selected recent publications include:

Matthews, R. P; Villar-Garcia, I. J.; Weber, C. C.; Griffith, J.; Cameron, F.; Hallett J. P.; Hunt P. A.; Welton, T. A Structural Investigation of Ionic Liquid Mixtures, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 8608.

Weber, C. C.; Kunov-Kruse, A. J.; Rogers, R. D.; Myerson A. S. Manipulation of Ionic Liquid Anion–Solute–Antisolvent Interactions for the Purification of Acetaminophen, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 4294.

Weber, C. C.; Kulkarni, S. A.; Kunov-Kruse, A. J.; Rogers, R. D.; Myerson A. S. The use of Cooling Crystallisation in an Ionic Liquid System for the Purification of Pharmaceuticals, Cryst. Growth Des., 2015, 15, 4946.

Weber, C. C.; Masters, A. F.; Maschmeyer, T. Structural Features of Ionic Liquids: Consequences for Material Preparation and Organic Reactivity, Green Chem., 2013, 15, 2655.

Weber, C. C.; Masters, A. F.; Maschmeyer, T. Pseudo-Encapsulation–Nanodomains for Enhanced Reactivity in Ionic Liquids, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 11483.