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Harding’s MU profile is highlighted by two issues above all others: development of the Hydrophobic Charge Induction Chromatography (HCIC) system for protein purification and a 1999 Massey University Research Fund (MURF, $96,000) grant awarded to him for a two year postdoctoral fellowship (PDF). The HCIC system is now a commercially available product that has seen papers, patents and royalty returns (USD30,000 p.a. - still active in 2019) credited to Massey University. The MURF PDF gave him the opportunity to expand his career in the development of polymer systems from the synthesis of peptides and small proteins and the purification of larger natural proteins into the world of hydrogels for drug delivery and waste water treatment. Indeed, this MURF grant laid the foundation for his still current network in the Middle East.
The analytical demands of this aspect of his career led to his producing analytical techniques and protocols. Chemical analytical systems have been developed as needed. His modest public publication record (h = 22) runs alongside a number of commercial projects. The contents of numerous confidential commercial reports unfortunately cannot be discussed in detail.
What issues that can be noted are listed as follows:
In more recent times, his interests have also taken on the following topics:
Harding has been involved in a number of projects involving synthetic organic and analytical chemistry with projects ranging from new chromatographic procedures (one patent still delivering royalties to Massey University in 2019) to drug delivery. Despite receiving NZ grants and strong endeavours to support NZ industry and Crown Research Institutes over the years, Harding has had greater success overseas. Currently (2019), he is involved in hydrogel drug delivery systems, nematode (worm) eradication and pain reduction in dealing with farm animals. He is involved with a dental surgery project in the United Arab Emirates and has research projects in Egypt.
Organic and Analytical Chemistry
Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Chemical Science (030000): Organic Chemical Synthesis (030503): Organic Chemistry (030500)
Project Title: Hydrogels and other biopolymers.
Date Range: 2012 - 2012
Funding Body: Use MINBIE -- Ministry of Science and Innovation