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Dr Carla Meledandri

Dr Carla Meledandri

Principal Investigator

Functional Nanostructures, Materials for Energy Capture and Utilisation

Phone:
+64 3 479 5378

Address:
Department of Chemistry
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9016

Biography

Carla Meledandri received a BSc degree in Chemistry from Penn State, USA then went on to work for 3 years as a Research Associate in the Blood Research Department at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland.

In 2009, she obtained a PhD in Chemistry from Dublin City University, Ireland, where her research involved the preparation and fast field-cycling NMR characterisation of membrane-bound nanoparticles and nanoparticle assemblies for biomedical applications.

She undertook a brief postdoctoral fellowship at the same university before moving to New Zealand and joining academic staff in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Otago, where she is currently a Senior Lecturer.

Carla has been an Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute since 2010, and she is currently an elected representative of the Institute’s Science Executive. She is also a co-founder of Silventum Limited, a 2017 spin-out company of the University of Otago focused on innovative nanocomposite dental materials, and she serves as the company’s Chief Scientific Officer.

Research interests

The focus of Carla's research at Otago is the design and application of colloidal chemistry techniques to develop new functional nanoscale materials that can be directed towards solving practical problems, particularly in the areas of energy and biomedicine.

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Dr Carla Meledandri
Dr Carla Meledandri

In the news

Annual Report

Awards - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

This article from our 2018 Annual Report provides information about the range of awards received by MacDiarmid Institute Investigators over the past year.

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Annual Report

Patents and spinouts 2018 - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

This article from our 2018 Annual Report provides information about the MacDiarmid Institute's latest inventions, patents and spinouts.

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News Article

Women in Nanoscience

September 4, 2017

Following the MacDiarmid regional lecture series we have gathered some pieces where women in Nanoscience tell their stories.

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News Article

Dr Carla Meledandri

August 28, 2017

MacDiarmid Principal Investigator Dr Carla Meledandri runs a busy chemistry lab at the University of Otago, specialising in nanoscale materials.

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News Article

AMN8: Women in Nanoscience

August 17, 2017

Women in Nanoscience talk about their lives and work at the AMN8 Women in Nanoscience panel, February 2017.

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In The Media

AMN8 Outreach

March 28, 2017

680 secondary school students came along to hear and be inspired by David Leigh in Christchurch - who also appeared on RadioNZ and was featured in an article about molecular machines by TheSpinoff.

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In The Media

AMN8 Queenstown: Women in Science panel

March 22, 2017

Three female nanoscientists discuss their lives and work at the AMN8 Trio – Women in Science panel – a public engagement event held in Queenstown during AMN8 in February 2017.

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In The Media

AMN8: Silver nano particles in gel solution to fight tooth decay

March 22, 2017

Dr Carla Meledandri, principal investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute at the University of Otago, has found a way to use charged antibacterial silver nanocomposite structures to sterilise dentine prior to the placement of a dental restorative material.

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News Article

MI Investigators successful in MBIE Endeavour Round 2016 & Smart Ideas

October 18, 2016

12 of our Investigators were successful in MBIE 2016 Endeavour Round and are involved in both Smart Ideas and Research Programmes.

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News Article

MacDiarmid scientists win at KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards

July 5, 2016

MacDiarmid scientists Cather Simpson and Carla Meledandri win at KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards

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MacDiarmid Investigator wins at KiwiNet Awards

July 5, 2016

We congratulate MacDiarmid Principal Investigator Dr Carla Meledandri on winning the Norman F Barry Trust Emerging Innovator Award at the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards 2016 last night.

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Carla Meledandri shortlisted as a finalist in the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards 2016

May 24, 2016

Congratulations to Principal Investigator Dr Carla Meledandri - a finalist in the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards 2016.

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Videos

NZ Innovation for Sustainability - Napier

August 28, 2019

Dr Carla Meledandri and Dr Shane Telfer talk about how materials science is offering a greener future for our planet.

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