Auckland, New Zealand

Surface structures of biological systems using surface sensitive methods, particularly neutron and X-ray scattering.

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Duncan McGillivray is expert in neutron scattering. The School of Chemical Sciences at the University of Auckland is equipped with X-ray and complementary characterisation methods (including ATR-IR, Electrical impedance spectroscopy, ellipsometry) for model biological membranes, and has routine access to the Australian OPAL reactor neutron source and the Australian Synchrotron, which are world class neutron and X-ray sources.

Selection of relevant publications





Smith, Matthew, Duncan McGillivray, Jan Genzer, Mathias Lösche, and Peter Kilpatrick. 2010. "Neutron reflectometry of supported hybrid bilayers with inserted peptide." Soft Matter, 6 (5): 862.


Valincius, Gintaras, Frank Heinrich, Rima Budvytyte, David Vanderah, Duncan McGillivray, Yuri Sokolov, James Hall, and Mathias Lösche. 2008. "Soluble Amyloid beta-Oligomers Affect Dielectric Membrane Properties by Bilayer Insertion and Domain Formation: Implications for Cell Toxicity." Biophysical Journal, 95 (10): 4845-4861.