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Kannan Ridings (Rongowhakaata) completed his PhD in physics on melting and instabilities in metal nanowires at the University of Auckland. He has since worked as a research fellow, and then as a lecturer at the University of Auckland contributing to the research done by the COVID-19 branching process modelling group. Dr Ridings is also the coordinator for the Tuākana programme at the University of Auckland which offers tutoring and mentoring to Māori and Pasifika students.

Research interests

Dr Ridings’ research is in theoretical and computational materials science, specifically looking at memristive properties that emerge from nanowire networks. The goal is to develop a working theory for the electronic transport mechanism that emerges from the presence of the network, collaborating with Nicola Gaston’s group and experimental work by Natalie Plank.

From Dr Ridings’ heritage and work with Tuākana, he can supplement the existing Mātauranga Māori research plan that MacDiarmid is developing. He would like to see more Māori and Pasifika students entering into postgraduate science, and to go on to research careers at the MacDiarmid institute and beyond.

Developing a deep understanding the mechanisms behind phenomenon observed in the lab is a crucial step in the scientific process. Computational methods offer a way to bridge experimental results and mathematical theory, forming a positive feedback loop.

I want to see Māori and Pasifika become an integral part of the research space at the MacDiarmid Institute, and New Zealand.

Dr Kannan Ridings

In the news

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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News Article

Bridging the divide between theoretical and experimental physics

February 22, 2022

Dr Kannan Ridings from Rongowhakaata is one of the MacDiarmid Institute’s newest Associate Investigators.

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