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.
In early 2018 he took on the role as Deputy Director in Commercialisation and Industry Engagement in the MacDiarmid Institute.
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
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.
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 21, 2019
From fog harvesters to self-cleaning surfaces, Dr Geoff Wilmott is looking at how water is repelled by and attracted to surfaces.