Franck Natali received his MSc degree (2000) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bordeaux, France, and his PhD degree in physics from the University of Nice, France (2003). He is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington.
Before Franck joined Victoria University of Wellington, he spent 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch and 2 years as a research operator on MBE systems inside Riber, a world leading supplier of molecular beam epitaxy products and services to the compound semiconductor community. He has been a Principal Investigator with the MacDiarmid Institute since 2010.
Most of Franck's scientific research spans from semiconductor material science, including ultra-high vacuum technology, epitaxial growth, structural, electrical and optical characterizations, to the fabrication of devices such as light emitting diodes and transistors.
His work on the description-comprehension of the epitaxial growth processes as well as the understanding-control of materials properties is driven with the aim of technological progresses in the electronic (powerful transistors for broadcast communications, etc) and optoelectronics (energy savings) sectors.
There is a need to research how we deal with the increase of data, and we need more and more advanced devices to address this problem.Associate Professor Franck Natali
July 13, 2023
Deputy Director Māori, Dr Pauline Harris, sets out below some of the research of the MacDiarmid Institute that relates to the values of Matariki.
May 24, 2023
The MacDiarmid Institute has four new Independent Postdoctoral Fellows.
April 20, 2023
One of the early considerations on the path to market for materials science is what should be patented and why.
April 19, 2023
Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2022. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.
November 4, 2022
We hosted a visit by Ayesha Verrall, Minister for Research, Science, and Innovation at our MacDiarmid Institute labs.
August 19, 2022
Six MacDiarmid Institute researchers are among 18 finalists selected for the annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.
May 27, 2022
We continue our long-time sponsorship of the House of Science. This time we have sponsored the House of Science Horowhenua Branch.
May 4, 2022
Our Investigators Associate Professor Franck Natali and Dr Pauline Harris gave online oral presentations at the World Geothermal Congress (WGC).
In The Media
April 5, 2022
Associate Investigator, Associate Professor Franck Natali on the Breakthrough Energy Fellowship enabling his team to research reducing the energy cost of ammonia production.
October 19, 2021
Associate Professor Franck Natali, has been accepted to the Breakthrough Energy Fellows Program.
March 8, 2021
PhD candidate and MacDiarmid Institute researcher Stephanie Lambie from successfully kick-started a new collaboration with FLEET.
May 27, 2020
This article from our 2019 Annual Report provides information about the MacDiarmid Institute's latest inventions, patents and spinouts.
May 26, 2020
Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2019. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.
April 21, 2020
Globally, ammonia-based fertilisers are responsible for supporting 50 percent of the world’s food production and is one of the single largest chemical industrial processes on Earth.
In The Media
August 26, 2019
A new Viclink position is helping Dr Franck Natali commercialise his many ideas to begin solving real-world problems sooner.
April 8, 2019
Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2018. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.
April 8, 2019
This article from our 2018 Annual Report provides information about the MacDiarmid Institute's latest inventions, patents and spinouts.
April 8, 2019
How do you go from a physics lab to Rocket Lab? Or from a chemistry lab to a new start-up company?
September 14, 2018
The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to share the following successes from MacDiarmid researchers in this year’s MBIE Endeavour fund round.
November 4, 2021
Assoc Prof Franck Natali and Dr Emilia Nowak talk about the new research programmes, our Institute, and what the start of the new contract means for us.
September 28, 2022
Associate Professor Franck Natali and Dr Maryam Shojaei focus on pathways from science to industry as part of "To Industry and Beyond".
December 2, 2019
Dr Franck Natali introduces the element Aluminium on RNZ Nights' Element of the Week.
August 19, 2019
Principal Investigator Dr Franck Natali introduces the element Nitrogen on RNZ Nights' Element of the Week.
October 21, 2019
Principal Investigator Dr Franck Natali introduces the element Thallium on RNZ Nights' Element of the Week.
February 16, 2019
Dr Franck Natali and 'Nanogirl' Dr Michelle Dickinson present A Materials History of the World.