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Funding successes - Annual Report 2020

24 March, 2021

2020 Marsden Grants

Simon Brown
University of Canterbury
Correlations and randomness: Brain-like computation using nanoparticle networks
Chris Bumby
Victoria University of Wellington
Ultra-precise control of magnetic flux quanta in high-Tc superconducting magnets
Robin Fulton*
Victoria University of Wellington
Activating Substrates for Chemical Synthesis with Reactive Aluminium Reagents
Tilo Söhnel
University of Auckland
Skyrmion systems: New Opportunities for Information Technologies
Jadranka Travas-Sejdic
University of Auckland
A New Approach to Transient Organic Electronics

*Contributing as an AI

Royal Society Fellowships

Nathaniel Davis 
(Rutherford Discovery Fellowship)
Victoria University of Wellington
Pushing the limits on renewable energy technology through hybrid organic/inorganic nanomaterials
Charles Unsworth 
(James Cook Research Fellowship)
University of Auckland
Understanding how aggressive adult brain cancer talks

2020 MBIE Funding

Margaret Brimble
University of Auckland
Waerau waikawa iti rongoa paturopi: New Generation Peptide Antibiotics Research Programme, Endeavour Fund 
Renwick Dobson
University of Canterbury
Understanding the interactions between plant-based protein and cellular agriculture Catalyst Fund
Laura Domigan
University of Auckland
Investigating the interactions between plant proteins and cultured livestock cells Catalyst Fund
Laura Domigan
University of Auckland
Crystallin biomaterials PreSeed Accelerator Fund
Keith Gordon
University of Otago
Cyber-physical seafood systems: Intelligent and optimised green manufacturing for marine co-products Research Programme, Endeavour Fund)
Pauline Harris and Stuart Wimbush
Victoria University of Wellington
High magnetic field electric propulsion for space Research Programme, Endeavour Fund
John Kennedy, Jérôme Leveneur
Anna Garden, Vedran Jovic and
Aaron Marshall
GNS, University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington and University of Canterbury
Powering New Zealand’s Green-Hydrogen economy: Next-generation electrocatalytic systems for energy production and storage Research Programme, Endeavour Fund
James Storey, Chris Bumby and 
Stuart Wimbush
Victoria University of Wellington
High power electric motors for large-scale transport Advanced Energy Technology Platform, Strategic Science Investment Fund
Jadranka Travas-Sejdic
University of Auckland
Selective capture, selective release: pulling intact cells from complex mixtures 2017 Research Programme, Endeavour Fund - Covid extension
Grant Williams
Victoria University of Wellington
Developing semiconductor thin films as radiation sensors Catalyst Fund

2020 HRC (Health Research Council) Grants

Michel Nieuwoudt and Cather Simpson
University of Auckland
Sir Charles Hercus Fellowship - Photonic device for real-time measurement of ischaemic tissue margins in surgery

2020 NSC (National Science Challenge) Grants

David Barker
University of Auckland
Novel engineered media for sustainable water treatment by biofabricating and valorising waste resources Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) Spearhead
Renwick Dobson
University of Canterbury
Host, Pathogen & Environment: targeting Austropuccinia psidii effectors as a novel control strategy New Zealand’s Biological Heritage
Jadranka Travas-Sejdic
University of Auckland
Remote detection of Phytophthora agathidicida New Zealand’s Biological Heritage

2020 Domestic Funding – Other

David Barker
University of Auckland
Senzatek synthesis contract
David Barker
University of Auckland
Development of Tyrosyl-DNA phosphodiesterase 1 inhibitors for cancer therapy (Cancer Society of NZ Project grant)
(Cancer Research Trust Research Grant)
Margaret Brimble
University of Auckland
Design and Synthesis of Sulfonylheterocycles and Nitrooxymethylpyromellitic Diimide Derivatives, as Biomethanation Inhibitors in Ruminants Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Limited
Development of Novel Peptidomimetics Against Pediatric Dental Caries Cure Kids
Molecular Tools for Methane Mitigation New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre Innovation Fund 2020
Sars-CoV-2 Virus Entry Inhibitors Auckland Medical Research Foundation
James Crowley
University of Otago
Donation to support anti-cancer and anti-bacterial drug projects from P Lane
Laura Domigan
University of Auckland
Melanosomes from livestock hair as radiation absorbing materials Bioresource Processing Alliance (BPA) Student Project
Justin Hodgkiss
Victoria University of Wellington
Ultrafast Spectroscopy (KiwiNet Tier 2)
Aaron Marshall
University of Canterbury
Seed investment for Zincovery
Carla Meledandri
University of Otago
Gold nanoparticles: A novel treatment strategy for oral mucositis New Zealand Dental Association Research Foundation Grant
Topical ultrasound contrast agent for oral cancer screening Lottery Health Research Grant
Michel Nieuwoudt
University of Auckland
Consultant chemometrician with Fonterra On-Farm R&D
Viji Sarojini
University of Auckland
Philanthropic funding
Catherine Whitby
Massey University
Stabilisation of Fortified UHT Beverages Fonterra Cooperative Group Limited funding for a PhD student

International Funding

Laura Domigan
University of Auckland
Laying the groundwork for molluscan cellular agriculture New Harvest, USA
Jack Chen
Auckland University of Technology
Dynamics of structure formation in stimuli-responsive amphiphilic catalysts (ID 8756) Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering Neutron 2020-2
Dynamic formation of a multifunctional catalyst (ID 9379) Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering Neutron
2021-1
James Crowley
University of Otago
Metallosupramolecular Cages for Enantioselective Applications with Dr. David Turner, Monash University
Simon Granville 
Victoria University of Wellington
Topotactic Control of Magnetism in Multiferroic and Skyrmion Materials Australian Research Council Discovery Project
Carla Meledandri
University of Otago
Far-infrared spectroscopy for characterising metal-carboxylate coordination in MOF-type porous materials Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) Grant for use of the THz/Far-infrared beamline at the Australian Synchrotron in the 2021 cycle

2020 University Internal Funding

Martin Allen
University of Canterbury
Accelerator PhD Scholarships (x2) for high achieving domestic PhD students working on MacDiarmid- relevant research areas - UC Aho Hinātore Scholarships
Matthew Cowan 
University of Canterbury
Operational Process for Alkene/Alkane Separation UC Aho Hinatore Scholarship
Petrik Galvosas
Victoria University of Wellington
Cellular Tissue Model for Magnetic Resonance Faculty Strategic Research Grant
Simon Granville and Ben Ruck 
Victoria University of Wellington
Cryogenic time-resolved MOKE system to measure magnetisation dynamics at GHz-THz Faculty Strategic Research Grant
Erin Leitao
University of Auckland
Characterising polysulfides made by inverse vulcanisation of functional siloxanes Performance Based Research Fund
Ben Mallett
University of Auckland
Understanding weird new states in superconductor sandwiches Marsden Near-Miss
Jenny Malmström
University of Auckland
Faculty Research Development Fund
Duncan McGillivray
University of Auckland
Atmospheric plasma jet printing of aerosol materials for tailored surfaces Faculty Research Development Fund
Volker Nock
University of Canterbury
Gut-on-a-Chip Strategic Grant
Viji Sarojini
University of Auckland
Self-cleaning Antimicrobial surface against Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections Auckland Medical Research Foundation
Catherine Whitby
Massey University
Novel liposome vehicles for delivering pain relief to animals Massey University Research Fund