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Published on Apr 8, 2015
Dr Nicola Gaston teaches in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at VUW. Her research aims to improve our understanding of the functionality of materials. In particular she looks at the development and variation of physical properties as a function of size, from simple clusters of a few atoms, to large nanoparticles and bulk materials, using accurate quantum mechanical calculations and highly parallel computing.
She completed her BA and BSc (hons) at The University of Auckland, and a PhD at Massey University, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, in Dresden. She returned to NZ in 2007 to take up a FRST NZS&T postdoctoral position at IRL, which led to Marsden Fast-Start funding and later a position as Principal Research Scientist.
She has been a Principal Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology since 2010, and was previously leader of the Electronic and Optical Materials theme of the MacDiarmid Institute and a member of the Science Executive.
She blogs at Why science is sexist, and is the current President of the New Zealand Association of Scientists.