Geoff grew up in Auckland and studied at the University of Cambridge, obtaining a PhD in shock physics in 2005. The following year he returned to New Zealand and Industrial Research Limited, where he worked in the Nano and Micro Fluidics team for 8 years. He joined the University of Auckland in 2013 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and the School of Chemical Sciences.
Geoff has collaborated with industrial partners including Qinetiq, de Beers and Izon Science, and has previously worked in management consultancy. He currently leads the Institute’s “Bionano/Nanobio and Soft Matter” Theme and was awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship in 2012.
Nanofluidics is the study and application of fluid flow in and around nanoscale structures, inspired by microfluidics, nanoscience and biotechnology. The range of tools available to researchers who wish to manipulate fluids at the nanoscale is presently limited.
We use theory and experimentation to develop novel tools for harnessing nanofluidic transport. Key research topics include tunable nanopores, capillarity and motion of phase boundaries, and drop splashes on water-repellent surfaces.
It’s great to see this flow from fundamental research to applied technology.Associate Professor Geoff Willmott
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.
April 19, 2023
Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2022. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.
June 2, 2022
This page lists the various scientific journal covers that featured MacDiarmid Institute Investigators work in 2021.
May 9, 2022
Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2021. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.
February 22, 2022
New Associate Investigator Dr Taniela Lolohea is using some of his MacDiarmid funding for Pasifika science projects.
March 31, 2021
Physics biology collaborations are forging mechanobiology – a research area key to understanding health and disease.
June 11, 2020
In May, the Government hosted the Just Transition summit in Taranaki on preparing for a low emissions economy,
In The Media
June 4, 2020
Geoff Willmott discusses how the tech sector and the Māori economy is well-placed to lead New Zealand's recovery from Covid-19.
May 28, 2020
In 2019, we focused our annual regional showcase on 'NZ Innovation for Sustainability.'
In The Media
May 4, 2019
The answers to sustainability goals and energy commitments must involve materials research happening in New Zealand, writes Dr Geoff Willmott.
September 14, 2018
The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to share the following successes from MacDiarmid researchers in this year’s MBIE Endeavour fund round.
May 18, 2018
Unlike most of us, when physicist Dr Geoff Willmott thinks about milk, he thinks about droplets, surfaces and heat - and he’s eager to use surface interactions to solve problems in the dairy industry.
April 27, 2018
The Productivity Commission Report on Low Emissions Economy notes the MacDiarmid Institute has research strength in this area.
October 3, 2019
Dr Viji Sarojini and Dr Geoff Willmott are giving a joint presentation on sustainable innovation and commercialisation.
March 5, 2021
MacDiarmid Institute Deputy Director, Associate Professor Geoff Willmott, gives us his scientific take on the stillsuit from Dune.
March 21, 2019
From fog harvesters to self-cleaning surfaces, Dr Geoff Wilmott is looking at how water is repelled by and attracted to surfaces.