Maan Alkaisi

Professor Maan Alkaisi

Principal Investigator

Phone: +64 3 3642 987

Fax: +64 3 364 2761

Postal Address:

Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140

Dr. Alkaisi is a Principal Investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Material and Nanotechnology. He is the founder and coordinator of the MacDiarmid Institute BioNanoNetwork. 

He holds a full Professor position at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. 

He is a founding member of the Nanostructure Engineering Science and Technology NEST research group formed back in 1998 at Canterbury University and was the core group that introduced nanotechnology to New Zealand. 

Dr Alkaisi carried out his postgraduate studies in the UK where he received his MSc degree from Salford University in 1976 and PhD degree from Sheffield University in 1981 both in Electronic Engineering. 

His current research interest including, interactions of biological cells with surfaces and pattern and development of nanoscale patterning technologies.  He has over 120 refereed articles and holds two patents, has given a number of invited and plenary talks.   

Prof. Alkaisi is a Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand (MRSNZ).


Associated Content


MI Investigators successful in MBIE Endeavour Round 2016 & Smart Ideas

12 of our Investigators were successful in MBIE 2016 Endeavour Round.

MacDiarmid Investigators are involved in both ‘Smart Ideas’ and ‘Research Programmes’.


Nature Of Science – Meet Our Scientists

  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 persepectives. One thing they all have in common is their passion for science. Click on a scientist’s name to watch their video, or watch the whole playlist here.     […]

Interacting with the Animate

This objective concerns manipulations and measurements of single biological cells within controlled, specific micro and nano-environments. We have particular interest in examining the responses of biological cells to lithographically-defined surfaces and materials. The interactions of cells with bio-imprinted patterns, used as secondary culture platforms, can be explored – it is found that the cell morphology […]

Manipulation of Individual Biological Cells (Evans, Alkaisi, Williams(D), Partridge)

Novel physical technologies will be used for studying biological systems, and exocytosis in cancer cells will be studied using the biochip and BioImprint technologies we have developed.   Additionally, a new project has been established to investigate how cells interact with micro/nano patterns made of biocompatible materials. An investigation that will lead to bioactive/biocompatible coatings […]

Next generation semiconductor materials and devices (Allen, Alkaisi, Markwitz, Zulicke, Blaikie)

These are rapidly gaining an international profile as highly functional materials with the potential to deliver “next generation” semiconductor devices in UV optoelectronics, transparent electronics for solar cells and displays, high frequency/high temperature power electronics, and in nanoarchitecture due to their dramatic range of spontaneous polarisation induced nanostructures. Our semiconductor fabrication expertise gives us the […]

Sub-wavelength patterning with interference lithography (Blaikie, Alkaisi)

Sub-wavelength patterning will be achieved using optical interference lithography (IL), to complement existing electron-beam, nano-imprint and near-field optical nanolithography techniques.  This will bring advantages of simplicity and the ability to pattern over large areas (~cm2), and we will use this technique to provide patterned substrates for other Institute research. Objective 1.  Sub-wavelength patterning with interference […]

Making Patterns

These days, the sound of drilling at the University of Canterbury is usually associated with the huge amount of construction going on after the earthquakes, but sitting in Maan Alkaisi’s office on the fifth floor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering building, the drilling outside his office signifies something far more auspicious. “So you’re witnessing the sign with my name being changed. I got promoted to […]

Portals into Other Worlds

  Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Hidden in six locations around New Zealand are over twenty portals into other worlds. Unlike Narnia or Middle Earth, these worlds are real, although you would have to shrink around a hundred million times to enter them. At this scale, an orange would loom the size of a […]

Obituary: Maysoon Mahdi Abbas

This obituary was written by Maysoon’s husband Maan Alkaisi (Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch); and daughters Sarah Alkaisi (Consultant Software Engineer), Marwa Alkaisi (Associate Project Engineer) and Mariam Alkaisi (University of Canterbury student, Environmental Science).  Maan is a Principal Investigator at the MacDiarmid Institute.  It was published in the New […]

Nanocamp 2010

  Twelve students took part in the 2010 MacDiarmid Institute week-long Nanocamp held at Canterbury University. The students not only learned about nanosciences and how chemists, biologists, physicists and engineers are working together, but they have also been exposed to the most advanced facilities and equipment that the MacDiarmid institute has supported and funded. Camp co-ordinator, […]

New Zealand – Taiwan Symposium on Bio-nanotechnologies and MacDiarmid Institute BioNanoNetwork (BNN) Meeting

The joint New Zealand – Taiwan Symposium on Bionanotechnologies and the MacDiarmid Institute BioNanoNetwork (BNN) annual meeting was held in April 2010 in Wellington and in Christchurch, organized by Richard Tilley and Maan Alkaisi. The symposium was sponsored by the NZ Ministry of Research, Science & Technology, National Science Council, Taiwan and the MacDiarmid Institute BioNanoNetwork. Dr […]

Korea – New Zealand AMN-3 Satellite Meeting

  The high international profile created by the MacDiarmid Institute’s Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology conferences means that it has been possible for researchers with interests in certain key areas, such as the Nano- and Bionano-Technology to meet together as part of the larger conference, and to host the International Conference on Quantum Transport and Quantum […]

Capturing the Cell

  Biological cells are the fundamental unit of life, and in many areas of biology and medicine it is essential to be able to study and manipulate them. Because of their tiny size, however, working with individual cells can be very challenging and so they are usually dealt with in very large numbers. But now, […]

New Marsden Grants for MacDiarmid Researchers

  Three research teams from the MacDiarmid Institute gained new three-year Marsden research grants in the 2003 round out of the 12 awarded by the Physical Sciences and Engineering panel. The projects were: “Sub-wavelength optics using surface plasmons” at $255,000 per annum and led by Associate Professor Richard Blaikie, and Dr Maan Alkaisi; “Inhomogeneity and […]