Martin Allen

Associate Professor Martin Allen

Principal Investigator

Phone: 03 3642987 Ext. 7036

Postal Address:

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

martin_allenMartin Allen is an Associate Professor in electrical engineering at the University of Canterbury.  He has a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Physics from the University of Bristol, UK, an M.Sc. in Plasma Physics from the University of Oxford, UK, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Canterbury.

His current research interests include the fundamental properties and commercial device applications of metal oxide semiconductors, particularly those that are optically active in the UV spectrum.  Martin also has a Diploma of Teaching from the Christchurch College of Education and is involved in international science education programmes concerning the risks and benefits of solar UV exposure.



Associated Content


MacDiarmid Investigators success with 2012 Rutherford Discovery Fellowships

Congratulations to MacDiarmid Principal Investigators, Dr Geoff Willmott (IRL) and Dr Martin Allen (CU), who have been awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships, two of only ten this year.  The Fellowships are designed to help develop their research careers in New Zealand and will provide financial support of $160,000 per annum to them over a five-year period.  […]

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 […]


Videos – Meet our scientists

During AMN-7 the Science Media Centre “SAVVY Express” team offered our Investigators and students targeted 15 minute sessions to practice speaking about their research on-camera, with feedback and training from a professional interviewer. The result is a series of seventeen interesting 90 second videos all of which are now available to watch via SMC’s Youtube channel, or you can […]

Profile: Giang Dang – Postdoctoral Fellow

MESA Chairperson Brendan Darby had a chat with a couple of students at different stages of their careers.  Meet postdocoral fellow, Giang Dang. Can you give a brief overview of your journey to New Zealand in science? I was born in Vietnam, and went to Russia to take my specialist degree, where the diploma is […]


Gazing out from the fifth floor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering building on the Canterbury campus, it seems fitting that one of Martin Allen’s research areas is transparent devices for smart windows. “There’s so much glass involved in modern construction that actually being able to make fully transparent devices, that can go onto that glass and harvest their own energy from the sun, is […]

Slip, Slop, Slap – Sense

Kiwi kids have grown up with the “slip, slop, slap” mantra of how to deal with the problems of exposure to the strong ultraviolet conditions of a New Zealand summer, and avoid the associated short-term sunburn and long-term melanoma risks. In future, slipping on a shirt, slopping on some sunscreen and slapping on a hat may […]

New Principal Investigators

  Following the call for applications for new Principal Investigator positions in the MacDiarmid Institute 7 appointments were made to commence on 01 January 2010. They are: Martin Allen Martin in based at the University of Canterbury. His research interests are: The physical properties and device applications of metal oxide semiconduc­tors (in particular the oxides […]