This week two of our Principal Investigators Professor Richard Blaikie and Professor Pablo Etchegoin were elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand is an honour conferred for distinction in research or the advancement of science or technology, or the humanities. This recognition is richly deserved, congratulations to Richard and Pablo.
Professor Pablo Etchegoin
Professor Pablo Etchegoin, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington – is one of the most successful condensed matter physicists worldwide, and a research leader in both experimental measurement and theory. Pablo works specifically in the development of laser spectroscopy techniques for single molecule detection, with emphasis on Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS). There is the hope that these techniques will in the future find widespread applications in analytical chemistry and biology, for applications as varied as early diagnostic of illness to forensic science. He is the co-author of over 100 papers.
Professor Richard Blaikie
Professor Richard Blaikie, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Canterbury – is a leading international contributor to the rapidly developing field of nano-scale optics. He has pioneered important developments, including a controversial superlensing phenomenon. Richard’s research is focused on answering questions such as: can we “see” nano-scale objects (atoms and molecules) using visible light? Can we design and engineer nano-scale systems with visible light? in the field of nano-optics. Examples of his most significant works to date include his development of so-called Evanescent Near-field Optical Lithography (ENFOL) to demonstrate nano-scale printing (lithography) using visible light – and his more recent experimental demonstration of a silver “superlens”. He is the co-author of over 100 papers.