Paul Hume

Teaching in 2020

Research Interests

My primary research focus is the design and synthesis of new photovoltaic materials. These materials are to be used to gain a deeper understanding of the factors affecting charge generation in organic solar cells. This work involves a combination of quantum-chemical modelling, organic synthesis, and electrochemical/optical characterisation. The effects of different molecular structures on photovoltaic dynamics are to be studied using ultrafast spectroscopy and in lab-scale organic solar cells (in conjunction with Associate Professor Justin Hodgkiss).

I am also interested in quantum-chemical modelling of reaction mechanisms and sustainable chemical synthesis.


Paul completed his PhD at the University of Auckland in 2014. He then moved to the United Kingdom where he took up a position as a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham Centre for Sustainable Chemistry. In 2016, he returned to the University of Auckland, where he was involved in both teaching and research. Paul joined the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences in late 2018 as a MacDiarmid Institute Postdoctoral Fellow.

Recent Publications

Hume, P. A.; Monks, J. P.; Pop, F.; Davies, E. S.; MacKenzie, R. C. I.; Amabilino, D. B. “Self‐Assembly of Chiral‐at‐End Diketopyrrolopyrroles: Symmetry Dependent Solution and Film Optical Activity and Photovoltaic Performance” Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 14461-14469.

Davison, E. K.; Hume, P. A.; Sperry, J. “Total Synthesis of an Isatis indigotica-Derived Alkaloid using a Biomimetic Thio-Diels–Alder Reaction” Org. Lett. 2018, 20, 3545-3548.

Choi, H.; Shirley, H. J.; Hume, P. A.; Brimble, M. A.; Furkert, D. P., “Unexpected Direct Synthesis of N-Vinyl Amides through Vinyl Azide-Enolate [3+2] Cycloaddition” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 7420-7424.

Jamieson, M. L.; Hume, P. A.; Furkert, D. P.; Brimble, M. A. “Divergent Reactivity via Cobalt Catalysis: An Unexpected Epoxide Olefination” Org. Lett. 2016, 18, 468-471.

Teaching in 2020