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Dr Erin Leitao

Dr Erin Leitao

Associate Investigator

Functional Nanostructures

+64 9 923 5567

Science Centre
Building 302
Level 10, Room 1063
University of Auckland
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010


Erin Leitao is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Auckland.

Research interests

Erin’s research is interested in discovering new catalytic ways to link earth abundant main group elements together with the eventual aim of making long chains (polymers) either with the same atom or two different atoms alternating along the polymer backbone. These new materials will have really interesting properties (eg semi-conducting).

My research programme involves linking earth abundant elements together in an effort to make new materials.

Dr Erin Leitao


New science in a grain of sand

New science in a grain of sand

October 1, 2019

Dr Erin Leitao talks to RadioNZ about her research converting silicon into different materials.

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