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 Associate Professor Anna Garden

Associate Professor Anna Garden

Principal Investigator

Towards Zero Carbon - Catalytic Architectures

Phone:
+64 3 479 7928

Address:
Department of Chemistry
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054

Biography

Dr Anna Garden is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Otago. She was previously a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Iceland in the group of Associate Professor Egill Skúlason and Professor Hannes Jónsson and prior to that completed her PhD at the University of Otago under the supervision of Professor Henrik Kjaergaard (now at the University of Copenhagen).

Research interests

Anna's research interests are focussed on using a computational approach to investigate catalysis of small molecule reactions on both extended and nanoparticle catalysts.

She is interested in understanding how the underlying physical and electronic structure of existing materials govern their catalytic properties. She is also interested in using this information to develop alternative catalysts for existing processes that may allow for more environmentally friendly production.

She uses both quantum mechanical and empirical methods in her research.

We can develop alternative catalysts for existing processes that may allow for more environmentally friendly production.

Associate Professor Anna Garden
 Associate Professor Anna Garden

In the news

Annual Report

2023 Regional Lecture Series - Annual Report 2023

April 14, 2024

Sustainability has been a theme throughout our Regional Lectures Series, and this year we focused on tangible sustainability tech.

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Annual Report

New Deputy Directors - Annual Report 2023

April 13, 2024

We have appointed two new Deputy Directors - for Outreach and Education, and for Commercialisation and Industry Engagement.

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Annual Report

MacDiarmid Independent Postdoctoral Fellowships - Annual Report 2023

April 13, 2024

We welcome Dr Caitlin Casey-Stevens, Dr Amy Yewdall, and Dr Bicheng Zhu with Independent Postdoctoral Fellowships.

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Annual Report

Catalysts for positive change - Annual Report 2023

April 12, 2024

Our researchers are on the hunt to find new materials and technologies that can help reduce greenhouse gases.

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Annual Report

Board Chair’s report - Annual Report 2023

April 12, 2024

I continue to be amazed and inspired as I look across the breadth of mahi undertaken by the Institute.

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Annual Report

Co-Directors’ Report - Annual Report 2023

April 12, 2024

2023 was a year full of activity, and we are pleased to share this report on the Institute's progress.

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News Article

Celebrating Matariki values in our research

July 13, 2023

Deputy Director Māori, Dr Pauline Harris, sets out below some of the research of the MacDiarmid Institute that relates to the values of Matariki.

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News Article

We welcome two new Deputy Directors

July 3, 2023

We welcome Associate Professors Anna Garden and Natalie Plank as our new Deputy Directors, and bid farewell from our directorship team to Professor Paul Kruger and Associate Professor Geoff Willmott.

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Annual Report

Science for a sustainable future

May 27, 2022

The 2021 Regional Lecture Series was able to go ahead in-person this year, with the theme of Science for a Sustainable Future.

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Annual Report

Awards - Annual Report 2021

May 9, 2022

This provides information about the range of awards received by MacDiarmid Institute Investigators in 2021.

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Annual Report

Producing technology-critical materials for a low-emission future

May 5, 2022

MacDiarmid Institute scientists try to tip the carbon balance in NZ’s favour.

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News Article

MacDiarmid Institute researchers awarded three NZ Institute Chemistry awards

October 15, 2021

Three MacDiarmid Institute affiliated researchers were awarded prizes from the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC).

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Annual Report

The quest to unlock the green hydrogen revolution

March 30, 2021

Virtually emissions-free energy - using electrolysers to split water (H₂O) and using the resulting H₂ to power fuel cells.

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Annual Report

Funding successes - Annual Report 2020

March 24, 2021

Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2020. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.

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News Article

Liquid metals that create nanostructure - it’s the little details that count

March 8, 2021

PhD candidate and MacDiarmid Institute researcher Stephanie Lambie from successfully kick-started a new collaboration with FLEET.

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Annual Report

Funding successes - Annual Report 2019

May 26, 2020

Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2019. 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 2019

May 26, 2020

This article from our 2019 Annual Report provides information about the range of awards received by MacDiarmid Institute Investigators over the past year.

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Annual Report

Kōrero partnership with NZEI - Annual Report 2019

May 25, 2020

In partnership with the New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI), we held Kōrero sessions teaching nanoscience to early childhood and primary teachers.

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In The Media

Converting nitrates: science’s alternative solution for clean drinking water

June 20, 2019

Associate Investigator Dr Anna Garden may be the scientist to solve the nitrate problem in Canterbury's municipal water supplies.

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Annual Report

Virtual materials - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

Our researchers use computers to reproduce conditions unachievable in a lab, such as the magnetic forces inside a white dwarf star.

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Annual Report

Kōrero partnership with NZEI - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

Kōrero sessions were again held around the country – with two sessions held in each of three centres (Auckland 120 attendees, Wellington 32, Christchurch 49).

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Events

NZ Innovation for Sustainability - Gore (14 October)

September 18, 2019

Come and hear MacDiarmid Institute scientists talk about how materials science is offering a greener future for our planet.

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Science for a Sustainable Future - Wanaka (12 November)

November 4, 2021

Assoc Prof Carla Meledandri and Dr Anna Garden talk about the new research programmes, our Institute, and what the start of the new contract means for us.

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Good news for a change: Sustainability Tech in Aotearoa New Zealand and the science behind it - Wanaka (11 August)

July 11, 2023

Join us in Wanaka for our annual Regional Lecture Series, where Associate Professor Anna Garden and Dr Emilia Nowak will talk about things happening within the sustainability tech ecosystem.

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Podcasts

Element of the Week - Hydrogen (H)

Element of the Week - Hydrogen (H)

July 30, 2019

Associate Investigator Dr Anna Garden introduces the element Hydrogen on RNZ Nights' Element of the Week segment.

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Materials: Fact of Fiction - The Force

Materials: Fact of Fiction - The Force

May 14, 2021

Geoffrey Weal, PhD student at the University of Otago gives us his scientific take on The Force From Star Wars.

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