Professor Alan Kaiser

Alan Kaiser

Professor Alan Kaiser

Emeritus Investigator

Phone: 04 463 5957

Postal Address:

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

Print_GCK9327Alan Kaiser received his MSc in Physics and BA in Economics from Victoria University of Wellington, and his PhD in Solid State Physics from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. He has been a research assistant at Stanford University, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max-Planck Institut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart, Royal Society (U.K.) Bursar at the University of Leeds, and McCarthy Fellow at the University of Michigan. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1998 and was awarded the Shorland Medal in 2009.  His main research interest is electronic conduction and related properties of novel materials, including graphene, carbon nanotubes, conducting polymers, superconductors and glassy metals.


Research Interests

Current research interests are in understanding the electronic properties of novel materials (especially those with nanoscale dimensions), focusing on how the electronic conduction process occurs in different types of material.  The materials we investigate include:

Graphene: We are investigating the conductance and related properties of graphene (sheets of carbon with thickness of only one atom) in collaboration with German experimentalists.

Carbon nanotubes and cupric oxide thin films and nanowires:  Properties of thin transparent films of carbon nanotubes, and cupric oxide thin films and nanowires, have been measured by Shrividya Ravi and Chris Bumby and are being analyzed to understand these unusual materials

Associated Content


A better understanding of graphene

Story By Ruth Beran “We make power bits run around in dark stuff” was the title of Chun Y Cheah’s winning entry in the Up-Goer Five Challenge* held at The MacDiarmid Institute’s ninth student and postdoc symposium held in November 2013. He was describing his research using only words from a list of the ten hundred […]

Understanding electronic and optical properties of nanoparticles and nanostructures (Gaston, Kaiser, LeRu)

Further work will be aimed at understanding electronic transport in graphene, a new form of carbon, consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms that has many unique properties.  One focus will be graphene prepared by different techniques.  Finally, electronic structure calculations are used to characterise the development of metallicity in nanoscale metal clusters.  This […]

It’s All in the Name

  If you´re wondering why an agriculturally based country such as New Zealand should be very highly regarded around the world for its expertise in nanotechnology, there´s a clue in the name of the organisation at the forefront of this work – the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Kiwi Alan MacDiarmid received the […]

Drawing a Model of the Future – in pencil

  Pick up a graphite pencil and draw something. It might not sound high-tech, but you´ve probably created a nano-scale material that is fascinating and puzzling some of the best minds on the planet. In amongst your doodling will be fine flakes of graphene — a single layer of carbon atoms that could lead to […]

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 […]

Conducting Polymers in Queenstown and Wollongong

2004 saw MacDiarmid Institute researchers involved in organising a highly successful satellite symposium to ICSM04, the 2004 International Conference on The Science and Technology of Synthetic Metals. The symposium “ New Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage” was held in June at the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown with international speakers including Alan MacDiarmid (University of Pennsylvania), Arthur Epstein (Ohio State University) […]