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Professor Jeff Tallon

Professor Jeff Tallon

Emeritus Investigator

+64 21 445 367

Robinson Research Institute
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600
Wellington 6140


Professor Jeff Tallon is Professor of Physics at Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington. He is internationally known for his research and discoveries in high-Tc superconductors (HTS), which are currently being developed for applications across all sectors – health, transport, energy, mining and minerals processing, and the research sector.

His research includes the physics and materials science of HTS – thermodynamics, magnetism, electronic transport properties, novel materials, and flux pinning. Jeff’s other research interests include nanotechnology, hybrid organic/inorganic materials, spin crossover materials and physics at high pressure.

He has received many awards for his work, including the Rutherford Medal, the Dan Walls Medal for Physics and, along with Dr Bob Buckley, the inaugural Prime Minister’s Science Medal. Professor Tallon is a Visiting Professor at the Cavendish laboratory, Cambridge University and EPFL, Lausanne.

Research interests

Focus on achieving a thermodynamic understanding of High Tc Superconductors by determining the pressure-, temperature-, doping- and ion-size-dependence of all the important energy and length scales pertinent to superconductivity using specific heat, Raman, NMR and muon spin relaxation.

Over a period of time you acquire a pretty good grasp of the breadth and range of issues and also the ability to bring disparate ideas and research together.

Professor Jeff Tallon
Professor Jeff Tallon

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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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Interface Magazine

Stuart Wimbush: From materials to systems

July 13, 2015

Commercialising high temperature superconductors is what the 25 scientists and engineers at the Robinson Research Institute (RRI) do best. Formerly part of IRL, and called the Superconductivity and Energy Team, the RRI is now part of Victoria University of Wellington.

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Interface Magazine

Public Lecture Series: The Energy Revolution

July 10, 2015

The age of fossil fuels is coming to an end and global warming from their burning is undeniable - but when will tomorrow begin? Will there be a long transition period, with a mish-mash of renewables while we learn to harness the sun’s energy efficiently, as plants have been doing for 3.5 billion years? Is there even enough sunlight striking the Earth to supply the increasing energy demands of 6-9 billion humans?

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