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Dr Matthew Cowan

Dr Matthew Cowan

Associate Investigator

Materials for Energy Capture and Utilisation

Phone:
+64 3 369 3999, ext. 92521

Address:
Chemical and Process Engineering
Level 4, Link Building
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140

Biography

Matthew Cowan is a lecturer and Rutherford Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Canterbury.

Research interests

Matthew’s research revolves around improving the methods and technologies we use to purify all the building blocks of society. His overall goal is to reduce the amount of energy we need to use every day - so we have some spare for the things we want to do!

My whole passion is getting research to where people can use it. That’s the whole point.

Dr Matthew Cowan

In the news

Annual Report

Metal Organic Frameworks - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

An entire rugby turf in a teaspoon: the tiny crystal game-changers in combatting climate change.

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Annual Report

New Associate Investigators - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

An overview of the research interests of each of our nine new Associate Investigators.

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Annual Report

2018 funding successes - Annual Report 2018

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.

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Annual Report

Awards - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

This article from our 2018 Annual Report provides information about the range of awards received by MacDiarmid Institute Investigators over the past year.

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Annual Report

Alumni stories - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

Over 850 MacDiarmid Institute alumni are now using their expertise to make amazing scientific breakthroughs, mentor students, achieve commercial success, and be business leaders. Our alumni have amazing stories to tell.

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Annual Report

MacDiarmid alumni videos - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

We created short (90 second) videos presented by 11 of our alumni for school students who are considering whether to continue with science, to show them some of the many different places (mostly outside academia) where science studies might take them.

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Interface Magazine

Matthew Cowan: Silver ions to the rescue!

July 10, 2015

We’re often told that obliging industry to significantly reduce energy consumption and energy-related emissions would be bad for business and the economy. There may be some truth in that, but it also seems apparent that if there was the political and economic will, there would be the scientific ways.

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Videos

MacDiarmid Alumni Videos

March 21, 2019

Ten MacDiarmid Institute alumni talk about their work in nanotechnology and materials science, showing their persistence, dedication, and curiosity.

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Alumnus Matthew Cowan: the importance of failure in success

February 25, 2019

MacDiarmid Institute alumnus Dr Matthew Cowan discusses his research and the importance of failure in success.

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