Chris Bumby is an applied materials physicist whose research spans a diverse range of materials engineering topics, including hydrogen steelmaking, ceramic semiconductors and superconducting machines. Born and raised in England, Chris completed his DPhil. in Physics at the University of Oxford in 2005. Shortly afterwards, he arrived in New Zealand to undertake a Royal Society (UK) Fellowship at Victoria University of Wellington. He has subsequently never left...
Today, Chris is a Principal Scientist at the Robinson Research Institute of Victoria University of Wellington, where he works on a range of commercial and industry-facing applied research projects. At present he leads two research programmes funded by the NZ Government (MBIE) and supervises a number of postgraduate students. Further details of these projects and post-graduate opportunities available with Professor Bumby can be found here.
The value of the MacDiarmid Institute to me is quite a personal thing. For the group as a whole it’s an extremely important link into the broader physical sciences community in New Zealand and particularly the fundamental and basic science community.Professor Chris Bumby
April 20, 2023
One of the early considerations on the path to market for materials science is what should be patented and why.
April 19, 2023
Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2022. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.
In The Media
April 28, 2021
Dr Chris Bumby is part of a team working on how to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from industrial materials including steel.
March 31, 2021
As classes and meetings moved online in March as Aotearoa New Zealand entered Level 4 lockdown, we adapted our community outreach activities to the virtual environment.
March 24, 2021
Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2020. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.
May 27, 2020
This article from our 2019 Annual Report provides information about the MacDiarmid Institute's latest inventions, patents and spinouts.
March 16, 2020
Steel and vanadium could be cleaned up thanks to our scientists.
In The Media
March 6, 2020
Dr Chris Bumby has received the HERA 2020 Innovation Award in recognition of his work towards developing a hydrogen-ironmaking process.
In The Media
January 28, 2020
In today’s urbanised world, steel is everywhere.
October 25, 2019
Seven MacDiarmid Institute Investigators have been awarded $20.29 million funding for their research through MBIE Endeavour fund.
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.
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.
September 15, 2020
Dr Chris Bumby and Dr Michel Nieuwoudt give their scientific take on whether fictional materials could be reality in a not too far off future.
May 15, 2020
Dr Chris Bumby discusses the science behind Adamantium from the Marvel Universe with RNZ Nights' Bryan Crump.
March 26, 2020
In this episode of RNZ's 'Materials: Fact or Fiction' Dr Chris Bumby discusses Mithril from Lord of the Rings.
April 7, 2021
Dr Chris Bumby, gives us his scientific take on Shipstone from the novel 'Friday' by Robert Heinlein.
April 9, 2021
In Part 2, Bryan asks Chris, how much power might we be able to store in a battery?
April 1, 2022
Dr Chris Bumby regales Bryan with scientific tales of Mithril from Lord of the Rings.