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Dr Erin Leitao

Dr Erin Leitao

Associate Investigator

Functional Nanostructures

Phone:
+64 9 923 5567

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

Biography

Erin Leitao is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Auckland. Her career in science started in Canada with a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Victoria, followed by a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Calgary. Erin then went on to do postdoctoral research in Bristol before coming to New Zealand and joining the University of Auckland in 2015.

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

In the news

Annual Report

Adapting to the online environment

March 31, 2021

As classes and meetings moved online in March as Aotearoa New Zealand entered Level 4 lockdown, we adapted our community outreach activities to the virtual environment.

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Annual Report

Summer studentships for our DiscoveryCamp and Discovery Scholarship Alumni

March 30, 2021

Summer studentship descriptions for our DiscoveryCamp and Discovery Scholarship Alumni.

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Annual Report

Funding successes - Annual Report 2020

March 24, 2021

Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2020. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.

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Events

Materials: Fact or Fiction - Nelson (10 November)

September 24, 2020

Professor Bill Williams and Dr Erin Leitao give their scientific take on whether fictional materials could be reality in a not too far off future.

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Podcasts

Materials: Fact of Fiction - The Philosopher's Stone

Materials: Fact of Fiction - The Philosopher's Stone

November 13, 2020

Dr Erin Leitao, Associate Investigator gives us her scientific take on The Philosopher's Stone from Harry Potter.

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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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