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Dr Kai Chen

Dr Kai Chen

Associate Investigator

Towards Zero Carbon - Catalytic Architectures

AM 201, Alan Macdiarmid Building
Gate 7, Kelburn Parade
Wellington, New Zealand


Kai received his PhD in physics from Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) in 2015. He then worked as a Postdoc Fellow in the Ultrafast Spectroscopy group at VUW under Dr Justin Hodgkiss’s supervision. Before joining VUW, he had research experience at Academia Sinica and earned his bachelor's degree in physics and master's in electronic engineering from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.

Research interests

Kai's research focuses on advanced optoelectronic materials and spectroscopy technologies.  As a spectroscopist, he has experience in optics, nonlinear optics, and advanced laser and spectroscopy systems. He has developed and applied ultrafast laser based spectroscopy techniques for various advanced material systems, for example, organic semiconductors, conducting polymers, semiconducting quantum dots, and hybrid perovskites. Currently, he is collaborating with several top international groups in fundamental research and instrumental development.  

Optical characterisation techniques play important roles in modern material science and technology. With advanced laser and spectroscopy techniques, we can gain insight into optical and electronic properties to provide invaluable information for the development and application of novel materials.

Dr Kai Chen

In the news

Annual Report

Funding successes - Annual Report 2021

May 9, 2022

Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2021. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.

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Annual Report

New Associate Investigators 2021

May 5, 2022

Meet our new Associate Investigators that joined the MacDiarmid Institute whānau in 2021.

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Annual Report

Patents and Spinouts 2019 - Annual Report 2019

May 27, 2020

This article from our 2019 Annual Report provides information about the MacDiarmid Institute's latest inventions, patents and spinouts.

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