Research Centre for Surface and Materials Science


Research Centre for Surface and Materials Science

The Research Centre for Surface and Materials Science was a catalyst for cross-departmental collaboration at The University of Auckland.

Former RCSMS Director Bryony James watching the unpacking of the XPS
Former RCSMS Director Bryony James watches on as the the packing is removed and the XPS revealed.

Formed in 1988, the Research Centre for Surface and Materials Science (RCSMS) is unique in materials science and engineering in NZ, being a research facility available to University researchers and a commercial facility available to industry.

The original investment of approximately $800,000, to purchase the country’s first XPS instrument was drawn from “university, public sector and industrial sources” including Comalco, NZ Steel and the Defence Scientific Establishment and DSIR.

In 1995 RCSMS also took on management of the SEM previously managed by the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering and purchased an AFM. The founding principles were to provide a catalyst to cross-departmental collaboration whilst providing a service to industry.