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Professor Bill Williams

Professor Bill Williams

Principal Investigator

Functional Nanostructures

Phone:
+64 6 356 9099, ext. 84645

Address:
Institute of Fundamental Sciences
Massey University
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North 4442

Biography

Bill Williams obtained an Honours degree in Physics with Astrophysics from Leeds University, UK and then undertook a PhD in NMR relaxation behaviour at the Open University. He went on to spend a number of years as a Postdoctoral Fellow in The Chemistry Department at York University, UK, working on various aspects of biological polymers.

Subsequently he spent 4 years with Unilever Research, before returning to academia in March 2003, with a position in The Institute of Fundamental Sciences at Massey University, NZ, where he is working on biophysics and soft-matter. (www.biophysics.ac.nz)

Bill is a fellow and currently secretary of the New Zealand Institute of Physics (NZIoP), and is the New Zealand representative in the International Union of Pure Applied Biophysics (IUPAB).

He was an invited participant at the Soft Meets Biology Gordon Research Conference in 2009, and was the Theme leader for the Soft Materials Theme of The MacDiarmid Institute from 2006 to 2011. He was an invited speaker at the 2010 International Hydrocolloids Conference, Co-chair and organiser of a Pectin Symposium at Pacifichem, and was recently invited to give the prestigious Pilnik Lecture at the 2011 Hydrocolloids conference in Wageningen.

He is also leading the PGP FSD Project Real-Time Measurement of Particle-Particle Formation and Growth Kinetics.

The inspiration comes from biology. Nowhere is the power of self assembly, and the properties that emerge from this self assembly, more prominent than in biology.

Professor Bill Williams
Professor Bill Williams

In the news

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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Interface Magazine

Outreach – Institute Investigators visit Nelson College for Girls

March 24, 2015

While in Nelson for AMN-7 the MacDiarmid Institute’s seventh international conference for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, three of the Institute’s Investigators visited Nelson College for Girls to share with the Year 12 and 13 students their passion and enthusiasm for science. Senior science students from Nelson College for Boys also attended the presentations.

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Learning Hub

Nature of Science – meet our scientists

October 23, 2013

Bill, Alex, Cather, Maan, Shaun and Sandy work at The MacDiarmid Institute - they all do science for a living, but have very different jobs and perspectives. One thing they all have in common is their passion for science.

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Videos

Bill Williams - the machinery of DNA

March 21, 2019

Professor Bill Williams explores how understanding biological problems from a physical point of view can help with better treatments.

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Nature of Science - Bill Williams

March 21, 2019

The MacDiarmid Institute's Professor Bill Williams talks about his job as a scientist and why he loves it.

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