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Professor Jadranka Travas-Sejdic

Professor Jadranka Travas-Sejdic

Principal Investigator

Functional Nanostructures

Phone:
+64 9 373 7599

Address:
School of Chemical Sciences
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92 019
Auckland 1142

Biography

Jadranka Travas-Sejdic is a Professor at the School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland. She is Director of the Polymer Electronics Research Centre at The University of Auckland and a Principal Investigator at the MacDiarmid Institute.

Jadranka is internationally recognised for her vibrant, creative and impactful research advancing polymers and nanomaterials. Her work on biosensors, self-assembled nanostructured conjugated polymers and functionalised organic electronic materials is both scientifically insightful and grounded in practical applications, as evidenced by a recently incorporated spinout company she co-founded (Spot Check Technologies Ltd). She has authored over 230 publications, and 9 book and 2 encyclopaedia chapters.

Jadranka is a Fellow of the Royal Society New Zealand (2017), a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (2009), she received Early Career Research Excellence Award (2005), Easterfield Medal (2006), Maurice Wilkins Centre Prize for Chemical Sciences (2017) and Shorland Medal (2018). She has been a Councillor of the Pacific Polymer Federation since 2009.​

Research interests

Professor Travas-Sejdic’s current research is in the field of advanced polymeric materials, particularly those based on conducting polymers, and their application in health and bioelectronics, and polymer electronic devices.

The current projects include development of novel gene sensors; conducting polymers-based switchable surfaces and actuators; and development of novel tools for micro- and nano-fabrication and characterization of conducting polymers.

We must continue to consciously nurture, grow and utilise the MacDiarmid collaboration culture.

Professor Jadranka Travas-Sejdic
Professor Jadranka Travas-Sejdic

In the news

News Article

MacDiarmid Institute Research Honours winners

October 18, 2019

Five MacDiarmid Institute-related researchers were awarded medals at the Royal Society Te Apārangi 2019 Research Honours ceremony.

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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?

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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.

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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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Annual Report

Awards - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

This article from our 2018 Annual Report provides information about the range of awards received by MacDiarmid Institute Investigators over the past year.

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Annual Report

Patents and spinouts 2018 - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

This article from our 2018 Annual Report provides information about the MacDiarmid Institute's latest inventions, patents and spinouts.

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Alumni

Dr Bhuvana Kannan

July 12, 2017

Revolution Fibres Ltd is a world leading nanofibre production company based in Auckland developing products for air filtration, skincare, acoustics, composites and much more. It’s where MacDiarmid Institute alumni Dr Bhuvana Kannan works as Research & Innovation Manager.

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News Article

MI Investigators successful in MBIE Endeavour Round 2016 & Smart Ideas

October 18, 2016

12 of our Investigators were successful in MBIE 2016 Endeavour Round and are involved in both Smart Ideas and Research Programmes.

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