Advanced materials and nanotechnology

volker nock research report nanotechnology

UC’s nanotechnology researchers are working at the forefront of much modern engineering and science research is at the scale of the smallest devices currently possible - in the range of nanometres right down to the scale where the quantum behaviour of atoms becomes important. Also, advanced materials science underpins high-tech manufacturing. 

Our natural fibres and biocomposites researchers are engaged in research into environmentally sustainable materials that aim to reduce New Zealand’s reliance on materials derived from petrochemicals.

Our energy and fuel systems researchers work on biofuel and biomass conversion technologies to find innovations that reduce fossil energy consumption.

Research strengths

Areas of current research in nanotechnology and condensed matter include:

  • Materials for high-value technologies
  • Materials for energy capture and utilisation
  • Functional nanostructures
  • Solar cells fabrication and texturing, surface modifications using nanoparticles and nanostructures
  • Metal oxide wide band gap semiconductors
  • Microfluidic device fabrication technologies
  • Building electronic devices with nanoparticle building blocks
  • Exploring novel atomic structures and electronic states in self-assembled nanostructures

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Maan Alkaisi

Professor
EEE First Professional Year Coordinator
Link Rm 509
Internal Phone: 94242

Simon Brown

Professor
West 610.3
Internal Phone: 94255

Alison Downard

Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
West 832
Internal Phone: 94228

Paul Kruger

Professor
West 856
Internal Phone: 94367

Roger Reeves

Professor
100 level supervisor
West 618
Internal Phone: 95943

Paul Gaynor

Associate Professor
Head of Department
Link Rm 506
Internal Phone: 94346

Volker Nock

Senior Lecturer
Director Biomolecular Interaction Centre
Link 306
Internal Phone: 94303

Areas of current research in Natural fibres and biocomposites include:

  • All-cellulose composites
  • Cellulose-based biofoams
  • Protein-based materials
  • Bio-based nanocomposites
  • Interfacial properties in biocomposites
  • Recycled wood fibre-recycled polymer composites
  • Environmental performance of biocomposites

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Mark Staiger

Associate Professor
Director of Studies 3rd Professional Year
Civil Mechanical E512
Internal Phone: 92181

Volker Nock

Senior Lecturer
Director Biomolecular Interaction Centre
Link 306
Internal Phone: 94303

Areas of current research in Energy and fuel systems include:

  • Characterising liquid biofuel feedstock resources including woody biomass; biomass from agriculture sector; biosolid wastes; algae; purpose grown crops 
  • Development of biomass conversion technologies and feasibility studies
  • Biofuel analysis 
  • Sustainability analysis of the biofuel processing chain 
  • Strategic analysis of complex energy and environmental systems
  • Improving the efficiency and reducing the impact of energy conversion 
  • Renewable energy systems including wind, solar and geothermal
  • Energy use in transport and planning for the post-peak oil urban form re-development
  • Energy use in freight movements and planning for the post-peak oil circumstances
  • Electricity use in the residential sector and new ICT solutions to peak demand management
  • Hybrid energy-economic technology and demand transformation modelling
  • GIS-based active access assessment of urban forms
  • Adaptability of travel behaviour as a function of urban form and income level
  • Village scale energy auditing, electricity networks, demand side management and renewable energy integration
  • Transportation and building energy auditing
  • Enabling technology for PEM and SOFC fuel cell systems

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Shusheng Pang

Professor
LINK 313
Internal Phone: 94094

John Pearse

Associate Professor
Undergraduate Director of Studies
Civil Mechanical E505
Internal Phone: 92423

Susan Krumdieck

Professor
Civil Mechanical E509
Internal Phone: 92210

Mathieu Sellier

Professor
Head of Department
Civil Mechanical E508
Internal Phone: 92383

Mark Jermy

Professor
Deputy Head of Department/ Director of Final Year Research & Development Projects
Civil Mechanical E525
Internal Phone: 92276

Sid Becker

Associate Professor
Director of Postgraduate Studies (PhD/ME)
Civil Mechanical E506
Internal Phone: 92155

Keith Alexander

Professor
Civil Mechanical E523
Internal Phone: 92213