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Emeritus Professor Joe Trodahl

Emeritus Professor Joe Trodahl

Emeritus Investigator

Phone:
+64 4 463 5964

Address:
School of Chemical & Physical Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600
Wellington 6140

Biography

Joe is a Professor Emeritus in Physics at Victoria University, after retiring from a chair in 2002. He joined Victoria University in 1971, having completed a PhD from Michigan State University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia.

Current research includes the intrinsic ferromagnetic rare-earth nitride semiconductors, Raman scattering investigation of the ferroelectric phases of nanostructured perovskites, ferroelectric/ferromagnetic multiferroic structures and heat flow in sea ice.

His contribution to the MacDiarmid Institute has been massive, and is demonstrated in the careers of the many scientists he has mentored, as much as in his scientific output. Having said that, he is also a fantastic advocate for the value of long term fundamental science, as captured in a recent article on ‘the most exciting thing he’s ever done’.

Research interests

Growth, electronic and magnetic properties of ferromagnetic semiconductors; Raman investigation of structural phase transitions, especially nanostructured ferroelectrics Magneto-electric multiferroic devices; sea ice structure and properties.

The understanding of the physical world that follows from our focus does make us valuable beyond the immediate economic innovations.

Emeritus Professor Joe Trodahl
Emeritus Professor Joe Trodahl

In the news

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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News Article

MacDiarmid researchers successful in latest MBIE round

September 14, 2018

The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to share the following successes from MacDiarmid researchers in this year’s MBIE Endeavour fund round.

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