Michele Governale

Professor Michele Governale

Principal Investigator

Phone: 04 463 5951

Postal Address:

School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600
Wellington 6140

After obtaining his PhD from the University of Pisa in Italy in 2001, Michele has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Karsluhe, Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Ruhr-Unversität Bochum, and Dusiburg-Essen University. In 2009 he moved to Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, where he is currently based.

His present research focuses on the theory of quantum transport in nanostructures, spin-dependent phenomena, and hybrid normal-superconducting systems.


Research Interests

Theoretical condensed matter physics, theory and modelling of nanoscale systems, quantum transport in low-dimensional systems (Nanoelectronics), spin-dependent phenomena (Spintronics), time-dependent transport in nanodevices, hybrid normal-superconducting structures.

Associated Content


Nanocamp 2014 in Review

By Associate Professor Michele Governale From the 15th to the 17th of January SCPS hosted the 6th edition of Nanocamp, a week-long science camp sponsored by The MacDiarmid Institute for students starting their last year of high school in 2014. The selection process to be admitted to Nanocamp is extremely competitive, with the best science students in the country […]


Last thoughts for 2011

We have had a large number of successes this year, starting with Professor Sir Paul Callaghan (VUW) being named New Zealander of the Year which led straight into our biennial International conference.  This year the conference was held in Wellington and it was the largest of the five that we have held, bringing several hundred […]

Theory and modelling of new functionality at the nanoscale (Zulicke, Governale, Hendy)

We plan to elucidate unconventional nanoelectronic properties of small systems arising from size quantisation, correlations, unconventional band structures, and spin-dependent effects. Microscopic modeling of material-growth processes at the nanoscale will be used to inform a more phenomenological description of relevant physical mechanisms. As any useful operation performed by a nanodevice will require time-dependent signals, we […]


Grounded In Theory – Michele Governale

Story by Ruth Beran Walking into Associate Professor Michele Governale’s office at Victoria University, it’s hard to miss the big whiteboard with equations scribbled in red pen. “These things have been written by my students and co-workers,” Governale explains. “At the moment there is no one complete thing, there are many.” It’s a testament to […]

Just a Few Words of Encouragement

 Elf Eldridge describes his unusually rocky road to physics research, his burgeoning career as a science communicator, and the immense impact MacDiarmid researchers have had on his life. Kia ora, I’m Elf – or ‘technically’ James Alexis Eldridge. I wasn’t a great student at high school, scraping through most of my subjects apart from English. […]

Pumps Go Quantum

  I feel really privileged to have been offered the opportunity to contribute to the theoretical description of possibly the first successful realisation of a quantum pump. An everyday fluid pump works according to the law of Newtonian mechanics and transfers a large number of molecules per cycle (of the order of 1023, that is one […]

Zooming In

If nano-sized machines and devices are to be part of our future world, research into the basic electronic properties of these miniscule systems is a prerequisite. However, most questions are impossible to investigate, let alone answer, through experiments alone and require the input of theoretical physicists such as Michele Governale. Governale joined Victoria University’s School of […]

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 […]