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).
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
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.
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.
May 5, 2022
MacDiarmid Institute scientists try to tip the carbon balance in NZ’s favour.
October 15, 2021
Three MacDiarmid Institute affiliated researchers were awarded prizes from the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC).
March 30, 2021
Virtually emissions-free energy - using electrolysers to split water (H₂O) and using the resulting H₂ to power fuel cells.
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.
March 8, 2021
PhD candidate and MacDiarmid Institute researcher Stephanie Lambie from successfully kick-started a new collaboration with FLEET.
May 28, 2020
In 2019, we focused our annual regional showcase on 'NZ Innovation for Sustainability.'
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.
May 25, 2020
In partnership with the New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI), we held Kōrero sessions teaching nanoscience to early childhood and primary teachers.
In The Media
June 20, 2019
Associate Investigator Dr Anna Garden may be the scientist to solve the nitrate problem in Canterbury's municipal water supplies.
April 8, 2019
Our researchers use computers to reproduce conditions unachievable in a lab, such as the magnetic forces inside a white dwarf star.
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).
September 18, 2019
Come and hear MacDiarmid Institute scientists talk about how materials science is offering a greener future for our planet.
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.
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.
July 30, 2019
Associate Investigator Dr Anna Garden introduces the element Hydrogen on RNZ Nights' Element of the Week segment.
May 14, 2021
Geoffrey Weal, PhD student at the University of Otago gives us his scientific take on The Force From Star Wars.