Professor Thomas Nann

Principal Investigator

Phone: 04 463 5804

Postal Address:

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

Thomas Nann is former Director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, and Alan MacDiarmid Professor of Chemistry at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Thomas’ career began at the University of Freiburg, Germany, where he completed his PhD in Electrochemistry in 1997. He then started to work on the synthesis, characterisation and functionalisation of nanomaterials in Freiburg, where he was awarded his habilitation in 2004. In 2006 he accepted an appointment to the Chair of Nanoscience at the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK, which he held for almost four years. Between 2010 and 2015, Thomas was Professor at the Ian Wark Research Institute at the University of South Australia (UniSA). In 2011 he was awarded one of the prestigious ARC Future Fellowships. During this time, he also held the positions of Associate Director of the Ian Wark Research Institute and Director of the South Australian node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF). In August 2015, Thomas commenced his current role at the MacDiarmid Institute and School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington.  


Research Interests

Thomas’ research interests focus on the synthesis, characterisation and application of functional nanomaterials and their application in the areas of energy, health and catalysis. He has a track record of fundamental and applied research on these topics, which is documented by numerous publications in high ranking journals. Furthermore, he has successfully supervised PhD and PostDoctoral students, concluded many industrial collaborative projects, holds several patents and is a member of editorial boards of scientific journals.  

PhD Scholarships

Functional nanomaterials for energy storage Multi-modal contrast agents  

Associated Content

Micronutrient profiling of human breast-milk derived exosomes

Frontiers in Genetics paper about studying exosomes derived from human breast milk from MacDiarmid alumni and VUW lecturer Dr Renee Goreham and MacDiarmid PI Professor Thomas Nann. More info: A collaborative review article on exosomes found in breastmilk, paying particular attention to the proteomics and biochemistry. This review was motivated by the research interests […]

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


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’. 


Why nanotech is sexier than ever

Professor Thomas Nann recently took up his new post as director of New Zealand’s renowned MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. He answered these questions from the Herald. You recently arrived in Wellington following a tenure as director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility. Can you tell us about the kind of work that […]


Nano-LEGO® – assembling functional nanoparticles

Thomas Nann et al. Nanomaterials and their mesoscopic properties have fascinated many scientists in recent years. The general public associates Nanotechnology probably more with microscopic robots as depicted in Figure 1. Figure 1: Artistic view of a micro-submarine in a blood vessel. CONEYL JAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY To date, there is still a huge […]


New Director for the MacDiarmid Institute

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is delighted to announce that Dr Thomas Nann has been appointed as the new Director of the Institute, and will start with us on 17th August. Along with this appointment, Thomas will also be Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, in the School of Chemical and Physical […]