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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. 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


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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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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