Franck Natali

Dr Franck Natali

Principal Investigator

Phone: 04 463 5809

Postal Address:

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

Natali July 13th 2012

Franck Natali received his M.Sc. degree (2000) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bordeaux, France, and his PhD degree in physics from the University of Nice, France (2003). He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington and Deputy Director in Stakeholder Engagement in the MacDiarmid Institute. Before to join Victoria University of Wellington, he spent 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch and 2 years as a research operator on MBE systems inside Riber, a world leading supplier of molecular beam epitaxy products and services to the compound semiconductor community. He has been an Associate Investigator with the MacDiarmid Institute since 2010.


Research Interests

Most of his scientific research spans from semiconductor material science, including ultra-high vacuum technology, epitaxial growth, structural, electrical and optical characterizations, to the fabrication of devices such as light emitting diodes and transistors. his work on the description-comprehension of the epitaxial growth processes as well as the understanding-control of materials properties is driven with the aim of technological progresses in the electronic (powerful transistors for broadcast communications, etc.) and optoelectronics (energy savings) sectors.


Associated Content


Building electronics atom by atom

Victoria University of Wellington has unveiled a unique piece of equipment used to make everyday electronics by layering atoms on top of each other very precisely. The research equipment—Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE)—creates solid materials by depositing atom by atom, and is the only system of its kind in New Zealand. Victoria’s School of Chemical and […]


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 […]


The Christmas Wrap

We’ve had another big year. We welcomed two new Deputy Directors Profs David Williams (UoA) and Alison Downard (UoC) (Shaun Hendy stepping down at the end of last year and Simon Brown at mid year). We also welcomed six new Principal Investigators (Natalie Plank (VUW), Cather Simpson (UoA), John Kennedy (GNS), Duncan McGillivray (UoA), Bernd […]


Marsden Success 2013

Four Principal Investigators of The MacDiarmid Institute have been awarded Marsden Fund grants. Congratulations to Principal Investigators Profs Sally Brooker (Otago) Alison Downard (Canterbury) and Jeff Tallon (Callaghan Innovation) and Associate Investigator Dr Franck Natali (Victoria) for their success as the lead scientists on newly awarded Marsden grants. Graphene supercapacitors: transforming energy storage solutions Professor […]


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 […]


MacDiarmid Emerging Scientists Association 2012

A new Emerging Scientists Group was formed at the Student and PostDoc Symposium. You can visit the MESA website here. The committee is chaired by Natalie Plank, Back, left to right: James “Elf” Eldridge (IRL Gracefield) BenMallett (IRL Gracefield) Andrew Gross (Canterbury) Ojas Mahapatra (Canterbury) Franck Natali (VUW) Cosmin Laslau (Auckland Front, left to […]


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