People

Group members

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Academic staff

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Associate Professor Ben Ruck

Research interests

Experimental condensed matter physics, with a particular focus on growing thin films of novel materials and determining their structural and electronic properties. This work involves collaboration with numerous students, postdocs, and academics at VUW and the MacDiarmid Institute, and at other institutions in New Zealand and around the world.

Contact: ben.ruck@vuw.ac.nz; Phone: 04 463 5089; Fax: 04 463 5237.

Ben's staff page can be found here. Ben is on Publons.

Em. Prof. Joe Trodahl

Joe Trodahl

Research interests

Joe's current research interests are, as ever, a colourful mix of different topics including studies of the rare-earth nitrides and Raman spectroscopy applied to a wide variety of materials. As with Ben, Joe's work involves collaboration with numerous students, postdocs, and academics at VUW and the MacDiarmid Institute, and at other institutions in New Zealand and around the world.

Contactjoe.trodahl@vuw.ac.nz; Phone: 04 463 5964; Fax: 04 463 5237.

Joe's staff page, with a full list of awards, fellowships and research interests can be found here.

Dr Franck Natali

Research interests

Franck Natali Semiconductor material science, including ultra-high vacuum technology, epitaxial growth, structural, electrical and optical characterizations, to the fabrication of devices such as light emitting diodes and transistors. Currently interested in the growth of rare earth nitride thin films by molecular beam epitaxy and their characterisations toward the implementation of a number of prototype device structures for spintronic applications.

Background

Lecturer in Physics and an Associate investigator in The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. M.Sc. (2000) Electronic Engineering from the University of Bordeaux, France. PhD degree in physics from the University of Nice, France (2003). Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch 2 years as a research operator on MBE systems at Riber.

Contactfranck.natali@vuw.ac.nz; Phone: 04 463 5964; Fax: 04 463 5237.

For a full profile, please view Franck's staff page.

Postdoctoral Fellows

No present openings.

PhD students

Tanmay Maity

Tanmay Maity

Currently focusing on thermopower studies of rare-earth nitrides, with supplementary characterisation measurements including magnetic, electronic and optical studies.


MSc in Physics, Bhopal University, 2009 
BSc Hons. in Physics, Calcutta University, 2006

Contact: tanmay.maity@vuw.ac.nz


Jay Chan

Rare-earth nitride growth and properties.

Contact: jay.chan@vuw.ac.nz


Felicia Ullstad

Rare-earth nitride growth and properties.

Contact: felicia.ullstad@vuw.ac.nz


William Holmes-Hewett

Rare-earth nitride growth and properties.

Contact: holmes-hewett@vuw.ac.nz


MSc students

Jackson Miller

Rare-earth nitride growth and properties.

Contact: jackson.miller@vuw.ac.nz


Alumni

  • Dr Eva Anton
  • Dr James McNulty
  • Mr Chang-Min Lee
  • Dr Harry Warring
  • Dr Natalie Plank
  • Dr Andrew Preston
  • Dr Jan Richter
  • Dr Bart Ludbrook
  • Dr Do Le Binh
  • Dr Muhammad Azeem
  • Dr Simon Granville
  • Dr Peter Murmu
  • Dr Benjamin Wylie-van Eerd