Professor Simon Brown is based at the University of Canterbury. Simon has a BSc (Hons) degree from Victoria University of Wellington and a PhD. from the University of Cambridge, UK.
He has been on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Canterbury since 1998, and is currently a Professor in that Department. He was heavily involved in the formation of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, and is a Principal Investigator and served as Deputy Director from 2011-2013.
Simon has published more than 100 refereed papers in a variety of areas of nanotechnology, semiconductor and solid state physics. His current research interests focus on properties of devices fabricated from nanoparticles, as well as scanning probe investigations of nanoscale systems.
Simon was founder of NZ’s first nanotechnology company, and has an ongoing interest in the wider ethical, social, environmental and health impacts of nanotechnology.
We are deliberately trying to replicate the structure of the human brain, so there are no ones and zeros here.Professor Simon Brown
April 18, 2023
There has been an evolution to move the focus of applications more towards global challenges of climate change and sustainability.
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.
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.
In The Media
March 6, 2018
Professor Simon Brown and his research regarding neuromorphic computer chips is featured on TVNZ and at the idealog.
October 18, 2016
12 of our Investigators were successful in MBIE 2016 Endeavour Round and are involved in both Smart Ideas and Research Programmes.