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Associate Professor Ben Ruck

Associate Professor Ben Ruck

Principal Investigator

Tomorrow's Electronic Devices

Phone:
+64 4 463 5089

Address:
School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600
Wellington 6140

Biography

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.

Research interests

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
Associate Professor Ben Ruck

In the news

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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Annual Report

Industry pathways for science graduates - Annual Report 2018

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?

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News Article

MacDiarmid researchers successful in latest MBIE round

September 14, 2018

The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to share the following successes from MacDiarmid researchers in this year’s MBIE Endeavour fund round.

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Alumni

Dr Harry Warring

July 12, 2017

When Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket made it to space on 25 May 20017 it also made it into headlines all around the world as it was the first orbital-class rocket launched from a private launch site in the world.

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Interface Magazine

Harry Warring: Meet 2015’s MESA Chair

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.

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Podcasts

Element of the Week - Iridium (Ir)

Element of the Week - Iridium (Ir)

June 24, 2019

Principal Investigator and Associate Professor Ben Ruck introduces the element Iridium on RadioNZ's Nights Element of the Week segment.

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Videos

2018 Lecture Series: MacDiarmid - to Industry and Beyond!

February 16, 2019

Associate Professor Ben Ruck (Victoria University of Wellington) and Dr Harry Warring (Rocket Lab) talk about their lives and work.

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