Dr Natalie Plank is an Associate Professor in Physics in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington. Natalie completed a BSc (Hons) in Astrophysics at The University of Edinburgh before doing an MSc in Microelectronics. She then completed her PhD on the functionalisation of carbon nanotubes for molecular electronics with Rebecca Cheung also at The University of Edinburgh.
After arriving in New Zealand she has been a Foundation for Science Research and Technology (FRST) postdoctoral fellow and has established the cleanroom fabrication facility at Victoria. Since becoming a MacDiarmid Institute Investigator she has been actively involved in the role of emerging scientists in New Zealand and was the founder and inaugural chair of MESA.
Natalie’s research interests are in the area of nanomaterial device fabrication and the characterisation of novel materials. Her current work focuses on nanomaterial device platforms for sensing technology. She is interested in carbon nanotubes and ZnO nanowires for nanowire transistor applications and in particular the ability to functionalise the nanomaterial channels with specific biomarkers.
Natalie’s core interests are in low cost fabrication techniques which allow for high throughput of devices whilst maintaining the particular material properties of the unique nanowire system. This has been particularly important for device fabrication for both carbon nanotubes and ZnO nanowire transistors, where flexible electronics have huge potential.
First we have to tackle the science. And I find that really motivating.Associate Professor Natalie Plank
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.
February 24, 2023
FLEET and MacDiarmid Institute teamed up for AMN10 in Rotorua to conduct science outreach workshops for 320 school students.
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.
May 6, 2022
Systems that blend biology with electronics could answer some big questions.
February 22, 2022
Dr Kannan Ridings from Rongowhakaata is one of the MacDiarmid Institute’s newest Associate Investigators.
December 6, 2021
Dr Natalie Plank is leading a team using nanoelectric devices to investigate how olfactory receptors transmit signals to insects about their surroundings.
November 3, 2021
MacDiarmid Institute led research received $6.2 million funding in 2021 Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden, the Marsden Fund.
May 28, 2020
In 2019, we focused our annual regional showcase on 'NZ Innovation for Sustainability.'
May 18, 2018
Imagine a point-of-care electronic blood test that can provide an immediate result in a doctor’s surgery, instead of the current tests that have to be sent away to a lab. The blood test device would plug into a mobile phone to provide a reading, and would be cheap and biofriendly.
June 27, 2017
MacDiarmid Institute PhD student Leo Browning manipulates nano-wires to make neural networks that behave like living neurons.
March 21, 2019
Dr Natalie Plank explains how she is growing nanowires that can be manipulated to create electronic circuits on flexible films.