Ben completed a PhD at Victoria University of Wellington before undertaking postdoctoral work at in the Molecular Beam Epitaxy Laboratory of Professor Tom Tiedje at the University of British Columbia. He returned to New Zealand on a FRST Postdoctoral Fellowship working with Professor Joe Trodahl before taking a position on the academic staff at Victoria University in 2003.
Ben's area of research interest is experimental condensed matter physics, with a particular focus on growing thin films of novel materials and determining their atomic structure and electronic properties.
This work involves collaboration with numerous students, postdocs, and academics at VUW and the MacDiarmid Institute, and at other institutions in New Zealand and around the world.
Current research projects include investigating the electronic and magnetic properties of rare-earth nitrides, including their potential use in spintronics, and investigating the electronic structure of transition metal nitrides.
Because of our patents we have international companies wanting to work with us.Associate Professor Ben Ruck
May 27, 2020
This article from our 2019 Annual Report provides information about the MacDiarmid Institute's latest inventions, patents and spinouts.
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.
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.
April 8, 2019
How do you go from a physics lab to Rocket Lab? Or from a chemistry lab to a new start-up company?
September 14, 2018
The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to share the following successes from MacDiarmid researchers in this year’s MBIE Endeavour fund round.
July 10, 2015
Harry Warring, the new Chair of the MacDiarmid Emerging Research Association (MESA) likes spin - spintronics to be precise – the use of an electron’s spin as well as its charge for the development of new materials. Materials used in electronics rely on the charge of electrons within the material, but the emerging field of spintronics also uses the magnetic properties of a material, associated with the spin of its electrons, to create new advanced materials.
June 24, 2019
Associate Professor Ben Ruck introduces the element Iridium on RadioNZ Nights' Element of the Week.
February 16, 2019
Associate Professor Ben Ruck (Victoria University of Wellington) and Dr Harry Warring (Rocket Lab) talk about their lives and work.