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Dr Simon Granville

Dr Simon Granville

Principal Investigator

Tomorrow's Electronic Devices

Phone:
+64 4 463 0074, ext. 30074

Address:
Robinson Research Institute
PO Box 33436
Petone 5046

Biography

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

In the news

Annual Report

When physics meets biochemistry - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

Could bio-inspired self-assembled magnetic structures make computers more efficient?

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Annual Report

New Principal Investigators - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

An overview of the research interests of each of our eight new Principal Investigators.

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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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News Article

MacDiarmid researchers successful in latest MBIE round

September 14, 2018

The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to share the following successes from MacDiarmid researchers in this year’s MBIE Endeavour fund round.

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News Article

New Principal Investigators

August 27, 2018

The MacDiarmid Institute proudly welcomes eight new principal investigators.

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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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Videos

Simon Granville - harnessing eddy currents

March 21, 2019

Dr Simon Granville is developing magnetic sensors to detect eddy currents, giving crucial clues to the integrity of key infrastructure.

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