Professor Justin Hodgkiss

Principal Investigator

Phone: 04 463 6983

Postal Address:

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

Dr Justin Hodgkiss is Co-Director of the MacDiarmid Institute, an Professor in Physical Chemistry at Victoria University of Wellington, and was a Rutherford Discovery Fellow from 2012-2016. Justin completed his BSc (hons) in chemistry at the University of Otago in 2000, and his Ph.D. as a Fulbright Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006. Following his Ph.D., he carried out post-doctoral research in the Cavendish laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Justin’s research program is focused on the development of molecular electronic materials for low-cost printable electronics – primarily solar cells. Recently, he has used laser spectroscopy to develop a detailed understanding of the physics of photocurrent generation in polymer solar cells and elucidate how power conversion efficiencies can be markedly improved. A second research focus is on DNA aptasensors. Through collaboration with biologists, Justin’s group are creating ultrasensitive and highly specific colorimetric and electronic sensors for biological targets, including hormones.



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Change in leadership sees MacDiarmid Institute head in new direction

Chair of the MacDiarmid Institute Board, Paul Atkins, today announced the appointment of Associate Professor Nicola Gaston and Associate Professor Justin Hodgkiss as Co-Directors of the Institute. “I’m delighted to see both Associate Professor Gaston and Associate Professor Hodgkiss take up the roles of Co-Director of the MacDiarmid Institute.  Both have long experience as MacDiarmid […]

AMN8: The Solar Revolution

Oxford Prof Henry Snaith and VUW Assoc Prof Justin Hodgkiss discuss ‘The Solar Revoluation’ to the Royal Society in Wanaka, February 2017


Industry speed-dating – video and media coverage

The Interface Industry Challenge is a new joint initiative conceived by the MacDiarmid Institute and the Dodd-Walls Centre, under which scientists from two Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) tackle real world problems faced by New Zealand companies. “We wanted to extend our partnerships with industry. Asking industry to set problems for the Dodd-Walls Centre and […]

AMN8 Outreach

680 secondary school students came along to hear and be inspired by David Leigh in Christchurch. Professor Leigh also appeared on RadioNZ and was featured in an article about molecular machines by TheSpinoff. An enthusiastic crowd of 200 people turned up to listen to Henry Snaith and Justin Hodgkiss at the Royal Society in Wanaka. […]

The MacDiarmid Institute faciliates the New Zealand nano-revolution

Director of the MacDiarmid Institute, Professor Thomas Nann, associate Professor Justin Hodgkiss, and post-doctoral fellow Dr Renee Goreham give an overview over the MacDiarmid Institute’s research activities. Read more


AMN8: From science to spinoff companies

Associate Professor Justin Hodgkiss shares his experiences in founding a company based on research that was conducted in his group. Read more


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’.


Pitch on a Peak – NZ tech investments

New Zealand hosted a major event in the technology investment world this month, with the Asian Business Angels Forum 2015 taking place in Queenstown (October 14-16). The forum drew over 150 angel investors from around the world. A centrepiece was ‘Pitch on a Peak’ – a showcase of NZ tech investment opportunities ranging from early […]


Public Lecture Series: The Energy Revolution

The age of fossil fuels is coming to an end.  Global warming from their burning is undeniable.  But when will tomorrow begin? Will there be a long transition period, with a mish-mash of renewables while we learn to harness the sun’s energy efficiently, as plants have been doing for 3.5 billion years?  Is there even enough sunlight […]

Powering up

A SURPRISING DISCOVERY is set to accelerate the global search for better solar materials. Total darkness. A large black table sprouts mirrors like some kind of extra-terrestrial mushroom farm. Orange laser light bounces from one mirror to the next, hits a small square of plastic and disappears into a black box. The laser has just […]

Energy, Emulating Leaves and an Emmy Nomination

  Professor Daniel Nocera thinks that if the world behaved more like scientists, there’d be less war – everyone would see themselves as the part of the world, rather than individual countries. Nocera’s long and illustrious career has seen him work with many promising young scientists who now work in laboratories around the world creating […]

Improving Effciency

When Justin Hodgkiss accepted his Fulbright fellowship from Alan MacDiarmid in 2001, he didn’t expect to join a research institute named in honour of the late Nobel laureate within less than a decade. In fact, he didn’t even expect to return to New Zealand, at least not as a scientist. “Back then,” he says, “I […]

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 […]