Franck Natali received his MSc degree (2000) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bordeaux, France, and his PhD degree in physics from the University of Nice, France (2003). He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington.
Before Franck joined Victoria University of Wellington, he spent 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch and 2 years as a research operator on MBE systems inside Riber, a world leading supplier of molecular beam epitaxy products and services to the compound semiconductor community. He has been a Principal Investigator with the MacDiarmid Institute since 2010.
Most of Franck's scientific research spans from semiconductor material science, including ultra-high vacuum technology, epitaxial growth, structural, electrical and optical characterizations, to the fabrication of devices such as light emitting diodes and transistors.
His work on the description-comprehension of the epitaxial growth processes as well as the understanding-control of materials properties is driven with the aim of technological progresses in the electronic (powerful transistors for broadcast communications, etc) and optoelectronics (energy savings) sectors.
There is a need to research how we deal with the increase of data, and we need more and more advanced devices to address this problem.Dr Franck Natali
In The Media
August 26, 2019
A new Viclink position is helping Dr Franck Natali commercialise his many ideas to begin solving real-world problems sooner.
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.
April 8, 2019
This article from our 2018 Annual Report provides information about the MacDiarmid Institute's latest inventions, patents and spinouts.
April 8, 2019
How do you go from a physics lab to Rocket Lab? Or from a chemistry lab to a new start-up company?
September 14, 2018
The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to share the following successes from MacDiarmid researchers in this year’s MBIE Endeavour fund round.
December 2, 2019
Dr Franck Natali introduces the element Aluminium on RadioNZ Nights' Element of the Week.
August 19, 2019
Principal Investigator Dr Franck Natali introduces the element Nitrogen on RadioNZ Nights' Element of the Week.
October 21, 2019
Principal Investigator Dr Franck Natali introduces the element Thallium on RadioNZ Nights' Element of the Week.
February 16, 2019
Dr Franck Natali and 'Nanogirl' Dr Michelle Dickinson present A Materials History of the World.