Professor Metson is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Auckland. He is a physical chemist with research interests in materials science and particularly the science of surfaces.  He received his PhD in 1980 from Victoria University of Wellington before moving to the University of Western Ontario, Canada initially as a post-doctoral fellow, then joining Surface Science Western.  He then returned to New Zealand to the School of Chemical Sciences at the University of Auckland.  He was a founding member of the MacDiarmid Institute for Materials Science and Nanotechnology and has worked extensively with international industry, particularly in aluminium reduction technology, gas dry-scrubbing, and alumina refining and is a recognised international authority on industrial aluminas.


He is the author of over 200 refereed publications and is an inventor on a number of patents.  At the University of Auckland he was co-founder of the Research Centre for Surface and Materials Science and of the Light Metals Research Centre where he is currently an Associate Director.  

Professor Metson has served in a range of national and international roles, most recently as the Chief Science Advisor to New Zealand’s Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. Previously he was the chair of the MoRST Research Infrastructure Advisory Group and NZ Government representative on the Australian National Science Advisory Committee that oversaw the development of the Australian Synchrotron. He is a Director of The New Zealand Synchrotron Group, Auckland UniServices and REANNZ and serves on Advisory Boards for 7 of New Zealand’s Centres of Research Excellence and National Science Challenges.  "


Prof. James ("Jim") Metson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Auckland

New Zealand