Principal Investigators » The MacDiarmid Institute
Principal Investigators

Our people

Dr Volker Nock

Dr Volker Nock

Principal Investigator

Functional Nanostructures

Phone:
+64 3 369 3366

Address:
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch

Biography

Volker Nock is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Co-Director and Principal Investigator of the Biomolecular Interactions Centre at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

He holds a Dipl-Ing degree in Microsystem Technology from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and a PhD degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Canterbury. From 2009 to 2012 he was a MacDiarmid Institute and Marsden Research Fellow. Since 2012 he has been an Associate Investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute and MedTech CoREs.

Research interests

Volker's research interests include micro- and nanofabrication, surface patterning and the application of microfluidics to Lab-on-a-Chip devices. He applies engineering technologies to study how biomolecules interact in plants and animals.

Knowledge gained as part of this helps to increase our understanding of how biological systems function when healthy or diseased, enabling us to develop new treatments for plant and animal diseases.

If the lab-on-a-chip works, it will be so exciting and could have a huge impact.

Dr Volker Nock

In the news

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.

Read more about MacDiarmid researchers successful in 2019 MBIE round

News Article

Protecting our native trees with lab-on-a-chip research

October 10, 2019

Principal Investigator Dr Volker Nock was awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship to research fungi that spread disease to native trees.

Read more about Protecting our native trees with lab-on-a-chip research

Annual Report

Feeling the force of fungi to stop it killing our forests - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

In 2018 the government announced a $13million funding boost for research to combat the spread of kauri dieback and myrtle rust. Could microfluidics be the solutions we are looking for?

Read more about Feeling the force of fungi to stop it killing our forests - Annual Report 2018

Annual Report

Connecting with researchers at UCLA - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

The discovery of conducting polymers – plastics that conduct electricity – won New Zealander Alan MacDiarmid the Nobel Prize in 2000.

Read more about Connecting with researchers at UCLA - Annual Report 2018

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.

Read more about New Principal Investigators - Annual Report 2018

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.

Read more about 2018 funding successes - Annual Report 2018

In The Media

Feeling the force of fungi to stop it killing our forests

November 20, 2018

Could microfluidics be the solution we are looking for to combat the spread of kauri dieback and myrtle rust?

Read more about Feeling the force of fungi to stop it killing our forests

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.

Read more about MacDiarmid researchers successful in latest MBIE round

News Article

New Principal Investigators

August 27, 2018

The MacDiarmid Institute proudly welcomes eight new principal investigators.

Read more about New Principal Investigators

Podcasts

Research could find answers to kauri dieback and myrtle rust

Research could find answers to kauri dieback and myrtle rust

October 23, 2019

Dr Volker Nock went on RadioNZ's Afternoons to discuss his research finding answers to kauri dieback and myrtle rust.

Read more about Research could find answers to kauri dieback and myrtle rust