Professor John Abrahamson
This award category recognises an entrepreneurial researcher who has made outstanding contributions to business innovation or has created innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licencing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.
Formerly an Associate Professor in the Chemical and Process Engineering department at Canterbury University, John was the first person to find and characterise Carbon Nano Tubes ("CNTs") in the 1970's. Since this initial finding John has continued to contribute visionary insights regarding both natural phenomena and industrial processes.
In 2007, John met Stuart McKenzie (ArcActive's CEO) and ArcActive was founded on the basis the technology that John invented, now known and patented as AACarbon. John is now Chief Technology officer at ArcActive, in his capacity as CTO he continues to push the limits of his technology into new applications to reach a vast range of markets. ArcActive is currently commercialising the technology for use in electrodes for ‘Stop/Start’ batteries in modern cars.