Dr Chris Bumby

Dr Chris Bumby

Associate Investigator

Phone: 04 463 0071

Postal Address: Robinson Research Institute
P O Box 31 310
Lower Hutt 5040

Chris Bumby is an applied materials physicist whose diverse research interests have ranged from semiconductor device physics and the chemical synthesis of nanocrystals, through to prototype superconducting machines. Born and raised in England, Chris completed his DPhil. in Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Oxford in 2005. Shortly afterwards, he arrived in New Zealand to undertake a Royal Society (UK) Fellowship at Victoria University of Wellington. He has subsequently never left…

Today, Chris is a Senior Scientist at the Robinson Research Institute of Victoria University of Wellington, where he works on a range of commercial and industry-facing applied research projects. At present he leads two research programmes funded by the NZ Government (MBIE) and supervises a number of postgraduate students. Further details of these projects and post-graduate opportunities available with Dr. Bumby can be found here.


Associated Content 


MacDiarmid Investigators success with MSI bids

Congratulations to the following MacDiarmid Institute Investigators named on awarded MSI grants, in no particular order:   New Cathodes, $964,050 over 2 years: Simon Hall (Lead Scientist, MU) Magnetic Devices, $3.9 m over 4 years: John Kennedy (Co-Lead Scientist, GNS) and Simon Granville (IRL) [Grant co-lead with Nick Long, IRL] Laser Micromachining, $7.8 m over […]


Minister visits the Institute

Minister for Research Science and Technology Dr Wayne Mapp visited the MacDiarmid Institute on 12 August. Presentations about the work of the Institute were followed by visits to laboratories. with Professor Sir Paul Callaghan in the NMR lab,  with Dr Geoff Willmott in the Raman Lab, with Professor of Nanotechnology, Pablo Etchegoin in Raman lab […]


Stuart Wimbush: From materials to systems

Story by Ruth Beran Commercialising high temperature superconductors is what the 25 scientists and engineers at the Robinson Research Institute (RRI) do best. Formerly part of IRL, and called the Superconductivity and Energy Team, the RRI is now part of Victoria University of Wellington. The Robinson Research Institute was named after the late Dr Bill […]

Controlling their own destiny

The scientific legacy of Dr Bill Robinson is a new Institute at Victoria University Wellington bearing his name. The Robinson Research Institute is a newly-formed institute at Victoria which comprises the 25 scientists and engineers who previously formed the Superconductivity & Energy team at Callaghan Innovation (formerly IRL). This team has moved in its entirety from their previous employer to Victoria University […]