Simon Hall is an electrochemist whose research focuses on energy storage applications. His research on a rechargeable zinc electrode with his then PhD student Michael Liu led to the formation of the spin-out companies Anzode Inc. (USA) and Anzode (NZ) Ltd in 2003.
Simon took a leave of absence from Massey University for 4 years to work as the Chief Science Officer for Anzode. In 2011 he initiated the formation of a further spin-out company Synthodics Ltd. Together with Dr Mark Waterland, Dr Gareth Rowlands and MacDiarmid Institute-funded PhD students Kelsey Mortensen and Ryan Ennis he is working on developing new energy storage materials.
Simon was awarded the NZIC Fonterra Prize for Excellence in Industrial & Applied Chemistry in 2008 and the Bayer Innovators Award for Research & Development in 2010. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2010. He is Head of Chemistry and Biophysics in the Institute of Fundamental Sciences at Massey University.
Part of staying on as an Emeritus Investigator has got to be about contributing back. I definitely see myself as having a role within the broader institute in terms of mentoring younger researchers.Professor Simon Hall