Dr Carla Meledandri

Principal Investigator

Phone: 03 479 5378

Postal Address:

Department of Chemistry
University of Otago
P O Box 56
Dunedin 9016

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Dr Carla Meledandri is a Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Otago. Her research is focused on the design, synthesis and characterisation of functional nanoscale and nanocomposite materials, and the investigation of their efficacy for applications in the area of biomedicine; specifically, for improved medical diagnosis and targeted therapy, particularly dental therapy.

In 2001 Carla received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Penn State University. From 2002 – 2004, she worked as a Research Associate in the Department of Blood Research at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland, where her work involved the investigation of membrane lipid and protein interactions with novel cryoprotecting agents. She then carried out her PhD study from 2004 – 2008 at Dublin City University, where her work involved the preparation and fast field-cycling NMR characterisation of membrane-bound nanoparticles and nanoparticle assemblies for biomedical applications.

After completing a post-doctoral assignment (2008 – 2009) at the same University, where she worked on the development of hierarchical assemblies of hybrid magnetic nanoparticle clusters for applications in magnetic resonance imaging, Carla moved to New Zealand and began her current appointment at Otago in December 2009. Carla has been an Associate Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute since 2010.



Associated Content


Dr Carla Meledandri on RadioNZ

Dr Carla Meledandri, 2017 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize Winner, appeared on RadioNZ on several occasions to present her exciting research. http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/2018631847/our-changing-world-for-15-february-2018 http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/2018631849/science-speed-dating-leads-to-top-award http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018632547/nanotechnology-can-save-your-teeth-carla-meledandri


Dr Carla Meledandri

MacDiarmid Principal Investigator Dr Carla Meledandri runs a busy chemistry lab at the University of Otago, specialising in nanoscale materials. Back in 2011 she and her collaborator, Dr Don Schwass from the Faculty of Dentistry, had an inkling her research could lend itself to potential commercial applications using nanosilver for dentistry. After being awarded an […]

AMN8: Women in Nanoscience

Women in Nanoscience talk  about their lives and work at the AMN8 Women in Nanoscience panel, February 2017

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. […]


AMN8: Silver nano particles in gel solution to fight tooth decay

Dr Carla Meledandri, principal investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute at the University of Otago, has found a way to use charged antibacterial silver nanocomposite structures ‘to sterilise dentine prior to the placement of a dental restorative material’ (publication). Read more


AMN8 Queenstown: Women in Science panel

Three female nanoscientists discuss their lives and work at the ‘AMN8 Trio – Women in Science panel’ – a public engagement event held in Queenstown during AMN8 in February 2017. Watch the video Read more at TheSpinoff


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’.

Protecting Teeth With Silver

  Since arriving in New Zealand three years ago I have had the pleasure of participating in two AMN conferences. This year I was once again impressed by the high caliber of the conference, and thoroughly inspired by dynamic presentations from prominent scientists in the fields of materials science and nanotechnology. The collaborative spirit of […]