Simon is an experimental materials physicist and NZ expert in thin film magnetic materials. His field is spin-electronics, or spintronics, where he investigates the advanced magnetic materials needed to bring about a future generation of energy-efficient, ultra-high-speed and high-performance computer memory and logic that uses the magnetism, or “spin”, of electrons.
Simon was one of the first MacDiarmid Institute PhD students in 2003, and after a postdoc at EPFL in Switzerland, he returned to NZ and rejoined the MacDiarmid Institute in 2011 as an Investigator. Simon collaborates enthusiastically across the Institute and internationally, particularly where magnetic materials are involved.
Simon is a Senior Scientist at the Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington, where he co-manages the most advanced magnetic materials lab in New Zealand, hosting several pieces of MacDiarmid Institute equipment. He is also an avid field hockey player, fan of Doctor Who and pro wrestling, and turn-based strategy gamer.
We’re bringing together people with a deep knowledge in specialist areas and seeing how magnonics can be applied to be completely revolutionary.Dr Simon Granville
October 22, 2020
Becoming CEO of a startup is never straightforward, but Dr Kyle Webster has taken the ‘long road’ to an extreme
May 26, 2020
Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2019. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.
March 13, 2020
A new trans-Tasman collaboration is laying the groundwork for a low-energy computing revolution.
April 8, 2019
Could bio-inspired self-assembled magnetic structures make computers more efficient?
April 8, 2019
An overview of the research interests of each of our eight new Principal Investigators.
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.
September 14, 2018
The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to share the following successes from MacDiarmid researchers in this year’s MBIE Endeavour fund round.
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.
March 21, 2019
Dr Simon Granville is developing magnetic sensors to detect eddy currents, giving crucial clues to the integrity of key infrastructure.