Dr Krista Steenbergen is a Physics Lecturer in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). She completed her PhD at VUW under the supervision of Associate Professor Nicola Gaston.
Krista's research focuses on materials modelling: using and developing computational methods to characterise material properties. She is particularly interested in how material properties change - often in intriguing and counter-intuitive ways - at the nanoscale. Her long term research is focused on discovery and characterisation of materials with application to renewable energy, battery and sensing technologies.
My research interests bridge physics and physical chemistry within the realm of materials modelling.Dr Krista Steenbergen
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.
March 8, 2021
PhD candidate and MacDiarmid Institute researcher Stephanie Lambie from successfully kick-started a new collaboration with FLEET.
May 28, 2020
An overview of the research interests of each of our nine new Associate Investigators.
May 25, 2020
Four of our researchers talk about their work and why they joined the MacDiarmid Institute.
April 8, 2019
Our researchers use computers to reproduce conditions unachievable in a lab, such as the magnetic forces inside a white dwarf star.
April 8, 2019
An overview of the research interests of each of our six new Independent Postdoctoral Fellows.
September 24, 2020
Associate Professor Duncan McGillivray and Dr Krista Steenbergen give their scientific take on whether fictional materials could be reality in a not too far off future.
April 3, 2020
Dr Krista Steenbergen discusses the science behind Dilithium Crystals from Star Trek with RNZ Nights' Bryan Crump.
September 8, 2020
Dr Krista Steenbergen discusses the science behind Vibranium from the Marvel Comics on RadioNZ Nights with Bryan Crump.