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Funding successes - Annual Report 2019

26 May, 2020

2019 Marsden Grants

Margaret Brimble
University of Auckland
Unleashing new generation lanthipeptides from nature to combat antimicrobial resistance
Shen Chong with Grant Williams and Jeff Tallon
Victoria University of Wellington
Next generation magneto-piezochromic composites for optically based intelligent magnetic field sensing
Matthew Cowan with Paul Kruger
University of Canterbury
Engineering defect-free organic framework membranes in tubular ceramic supports
Nate Davis
Victoria University of Wellington
Photon multiplying light harvesting antenna systems for luminescent solar concentrators
Renwick Dobson
University of Canterbury
Understanding bacterial membrane transport protein: setting an antimicrobial TRAP
Keith Gordon*
University of Otago
Development and assessment of a multi-spectroscopic fiber optic probe capable of disease diagnosis in the gastro-intestinal tract
Justin Hodgkiss
Victoria University of Wellington
Can enhanced exciton diffusion propel organic photovoltaic cells beyond the bulk heterojunction?
Eric Le Ru*
Victoria University of Wellington
Could airborne microplastics play a role in climate change?
Shane Telfer
Massey University
Reinventing asymmetric catalysts using multicomponent frameworks
Grant Williams
Victoria University of Wellington
Controlled magnetic heterogeneity

* Contributing as an AI

2019 MBIE Funding

Research programmes
Margaret Brimble
University of Auckland
• New Frontiers in Antiviral Development
• Novel Boron Carriers for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy, a Non-invasive Cancer Treatment
• Precision Antimicrobials: Targeted Therapeutics for Food and Companion Animal Infections
Chris Bumby, Aaron Marshall and John Kennedy
Victoria University of Wellington, University of Canterbury and GNS
Zero-C02 production of essential technological metals
Petrik Galvosas
Victoria University of Wellington
3-D printed porous media for process engineering
Joe Trodahl
Victoria University of Wellington
Magnetic memory for superconducting computing
Stuart Wimbush
Victoria University of Wellington
Thermal management of cryogenic superconducting magnets in small satellites
Smart Ideas
Nate Davis
Victoria University of Wellington
Non-toxic hybrid nanomaterials for luminescent solar concentrators
John Kennedy and Geoff Waterhouse
GNS and the University of Auckland
Nano-catalytic surfaces for efficient, stable fuel cells and eco-friendly hydrogen production
Cather Simpson and Michel Niewoudt
University of Auckland
Drinking-water pathogen monitoring in real-time
Volker Nock
University of Canterbury
Development of a multi-axis spin-coating system to coat curved surfaces

Catalyst

James Storey and Ben Mallett
Victoria University of Wellington and University of Auckland
Superspin – using polarised spins and spin correlations to probe the enigmatic electronic phase behaviour of high-temperature superconductors
Charles Unsworth
University of Auckland
Small Brain Cancer Networks on Chip

Fellowships

Volker Nock
(Rutherford Discovery Fellowship)
University of Canterbury
Electrotaxis and protrusive force generation in fungal and oomycete pathogens - Pathways to new biocontrol strategies

2019 NSC (National Science Challenge) Grants

Jack Chen
Auckland University of Technology
Cellulose-based surfactants: Enhancing manufacturing and product performance with minimal of Technology environmental impact
Nate Davis
Victoria University of Wellington
Hybrid organic/inorganic nanoparticles for luminescent solar concentrators
Laura Domigan
University of Auckland
Science for Technological Innovation - 4D printing
Simon Granville and Ben Ruck
Victoria University of Wellington
A new transistor exploiting electron spin
Volker Nock
University of Canterbury
SfTI Medical Devices spearhead Tranche 2
Emilia Nowak
Massey University
Development of an innovative multidimensional manufacturing and intelligent fluid management

 2019 HRC (Health Research Council) Grants

Geoff Jameson
Massey University
Transforming the paradigm of functional genome organisation
Jadranka Travas-Sejdic
University of Auckland
A novel device for early cancer detection

2019 KiwiNet Funding

Geoff Jameson
Massey University
Novel inhibitors of cytidine deaminase
Aaron Marshall
University of Canterbury
Recovery and treatment of spent acid from galvanizing plants
Franck Natali
Victoria University of Wellington
Ammonia Production Catalyst

2019 Domestic Grants - Government Funding

David Barker
University of Auckland
Molecular Sponges - MPI - Primary Growth Partnership with NZ Winegrowers
Laura Domigan
University of Auckland
Lens protein biomaterials for ocular surgery - MBIE Pre-Seed Accelerator Fund and Royal Society
Volker Nock
University of Canterbury
Photonic Professional GT2 - Lottery Health Equipment Grant and UC Equipment Grant Nanoscribe

2019 Domestic Grants - Other

David Barker
University of Auckland
Senzatek synthesis contract
Margaret Brimble
University of Auckland
• PD Derivatives 2019
• PGGRC Inhibitor programme
• Drug Development CGRP
• Lipidated Pramlintide Pramlintide
• AMR Flagship - (3.3) Overcoming antimicrobial resistance • New Toxins for Antibody-Drug Conjugates
Chris Bumby
Victoria University of Wellington
Experimental development of chemical production processes (Confidential)
Jack Chen
Auckland University of Technology
Tackling the antibiotic resistance crisis - Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust
Aaron Marshall
University of Canterbury
• Carbon Analysis
• Battery analysis
• Polymer/corrosion analysis
Michel Nieuwoudt
University of Auckland
Consultant analytical Raman spectroscopist for Orbis Diagnostics Limited

International - 2019 Public Sector Funding

Martin Allen
University of Canterbury
Controlling the surface chemistry and surface electronic properties of Î2-Ga2O3 for high-efficiency power electronic devices - Australian Synchrotron Beamtime
Margaret Brimble
University of Auckland
Diabetic Cardiomyopathy – New Molecular Intervention Targets and a Biomarker Strategy
Jack Chen
Auckland University of Technology
Dynamics of structure formation in stimuli-responsive amphiphilic catalysts - ACNS Neutron Beam Instrument Proposal, Australia
Anna Garden
University of Otago
Artificial nitrogen fixation at ambient conditions through rational catalyst design
Ben Mallett
University of Auckland
• What is the Magnetic Ordering in Cuprate-Manganite Multilayer Sandwiches? A Polarized Neutron Reflectometry and Elastic Neutron Scattering Study (Part II) - ANSTO Neutron Beamtime
• Interfacial Orbital Order in Cuprate-Manganite Multilayer Thin Film Sandwiches - Australian Synchrotron Beamtime
Elke Pahl
University of Auckland
Atoms and Molecules in Extreme Environments - Centre for Advanced Study, Oslo, Norway
Geoff Waterhouse
University of Auckland
• Renewable Energy Technologies - Shandong Provincial Distinguished Foreign Expert Award
• Chair Professorship in School of Materials Science and Engineering at the South China University of Technology (SCUT)

International - 2019 Private Sector Funding

Margaret Brimble
University of Auckland
• Synthesis of hPam2 Adjuvants
• Synthesis of SapVax hPam2 Adjuvants Sep 2019 • Asymmetric Synthesis of SFN876-3
Petrik Galvosas
Victoria University of Wellington
NMR based mass flowmeter (ECS led)

2019 University Internal Funding

Ebu Avci
Massey University
The Wisdom of Crowd: Swarm Behaviour of Micro Robots
Bob Buckley
Victoria University of Wellington
Electronic Properties of Heusler Based Weyl Semimetals - VUW Research Fund Grant
Laura Domigan
University of Auckland
Hemoglobin protein nanofiber scaffolds for tissue engineering applications - University of Auckland FRDF
Simon Granville
Victoria University of Wellington
Electronic Properties of Heusler Based Weyl Semimetals - VUW University Research Fund
Marcus Jones
Auckland University of Technology
AUT Faculty Research Development Fund
Elke Pahl
University of Auckland
PBRF (University of Auckland)
Jadranka Travas-Sejdic
University of Auckland
Design of Novel Antibacterial Platforms Based on Capacitive Materials - PBRF, School of Chemical Sciences, University of Auckland
Mark Waterland
Massey University
Characterising vibrational modes of at the edges of low-dimensional nanomaterials: Terahertz spectroscopy of MoS2 nanoribbons and quantum dots - ANSTO / New Zealand Synchrotron Group