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Dr Chris Bumby

Dr Chris Bumby

Principal Investigator

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Phone:
+64 4 463 0071

Address:
Robinson Research Institute
P O Box 31 310
Lower Hutt 5040

Biography

Chris Bumby is an applied materials physicist whose research spans a diverse range of materials engineering topics, including hydrogen steelmaking, ceramic semiconductors and superconducting machines. Born and raised in England, Chris completed his DPhil. in Physics at the University of Oxford in 2005. Shortly afterwards, he arrived in New Zealand to undertake a Royal Society (UK) Fellowship at Victoria University of Wellington. He has subsequently never left...

Today, Chris is a Principal Scientist at the Robinson Research Institute of Victoria University of Wellington, where he works on a range of commercial and industry-facing applied research projects. At present he leads two research programmes funded by the NZ Government (MBIE) and supervises a number of postgraduate students. Further details of these projects and post-graduate opportunities available with Dr. Bumby can be found here.

The value of the MacDiarmid Institute to me is quite a personal thing. For the group as a whole it’s an extremely important link into the broader physical sciences community in New Zealand and particularly the fundamental and basic science community.

Dr Chris Bumby
Dr Chris Bumby

In the news

In The Media

How to eliminate C02 emissions from industrial materials

April 28, 2021

Dr Chris Bumby is part of a team working on how to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from industrial materials including steel.

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Annual Report

Adapting to the online environment

March 31, 2021

As classes and meetings moved online in March as Aotearoa New Zealand entered Level 4 lockdown, we adapted our community outreach activities to the virtual environment.

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Annual Report

Awards - Annual Report 2020

March 24, 2021

This provides information about the range of awards received by MacDiarmid Institute Investigators in 2020.

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Annual Report

Funding successes - Annual Report 2020

March 24, 2021

Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2020. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.

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Annual Report

Patents and Spinouts 2019 - Annual Report 2019

May 27, 2020

This article from our 2019 Annual Report provides information about the MacDiarmid Institute's latest inventions, patents and spinouts.

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In The Media

Hydrogen-steelmaking research wins Innovation Award

March 6, 2020

Dr Chris Bumby has received the HERA 2020 Innovation Award in recognition of his work towards developing a hydrogen-ironmaking process.

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In The Media

How to reduce the carbon cost of building our world with steel

January 28, 2020

Laurie Winkless speaks to the New Zealand scientists working to clean up the final frontier and how to make steel in a zero-carbon future.

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News Article

MacDiarmid researchers successful in 2019 MBIE round

October 25, 2019

Seven MacDiarmid Institute Investigators have been awarded $20.29 million funding for their research through MBIE Endeavour fund.

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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

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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Interface Magazine

Stuart Wimbush: From materials to systems

July 13, 2015

Commercialising high temperature superconductors is what the 25 scientists and engineers at the Robinson Research Institute (RRI) do best. Formerly part of IRL, and called the Superconductivity and Energy Team, the RRI is now part of Victoria University of Wellington.

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Events

Materials: Fact or Fiction - Tauranga (19 October)

September 15, 2020

Dr Chris Bumby and Dr Michel Nieuwoudt give their scientific take on whether fictional materials could be reality in a not too far off future.

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Podcasts

Materials: Fact or Fiction - Adamantium

Materials: Fact or Fiction - Adamantium

May 15, 2020

Dr Chris Bumby discusses the science behind Adamantium from the Marvel Universe with RadioNZ Nights' Bryan Crump.

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Materials: Fact or Fiction - Mithril

Materials: Fact or Fiction - Mithril

March 26, 2020

In this episode of RadioNZ's 'Materials: Fact or Fiction' Dr Chris Bumby discusses Mithril from Lord of the Rings.

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Materials: Fact or Fiction - Shipstone

Materials: Fact or Fiction - Shipstone (Part 1)

April 7, 2021

Dr Chris Bumby, gives us his scientific take on Shipstone from the novel 'Friday' by Robert Heinlein.

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Materials: Fact or Fiction - Shipstone (Part 2)

Materials: Fact or Fiction - Shipstone (Part 2)

April 9, 2021

In Part 2, Bryan asks Chris, how much power might we be able to store in a battery?

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