Professor Jadranka Travas-Sejdic

Jadranka Travas-Sejdic

Professor Jadranka Travas-Sejdic

Principal Investigator

Phone: +64 9 373 7599

Postal Address:

School of Chemical Sciences
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92 019
Auckland 1142

Jadranka Travas-Sejdic received her MSc in Zagreb and Ph.D. from University of Auckland, New Zealand in 1999.  She worked as a scientist in Genesis Research Corporation Limited and as a scientist and senior project manager in Pacific Lithium Limited, Auckland, before returning to the University of Auckland in 2002 where she is currently a Professor at the School of Chemical Sciences and Director of the Polymer Electronic Research Centre (PERC). She has been a Principal Investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute since 2007. She is a recipient of the Easterfield Medal, a Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, a Councilor of the Pacific Polymer Federation and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry.



Research Interests

Professor Travas-Sejdic’s current research is in the field of advanced polymeric materials, particularly those based on conducting polymers, and their application in health and bioelectronics, and polymer electronic devices. The current projects include development of novel gene sensors; conducting polymers-based switchable surfaces and actuators; and development of novel tools for micro- and nano-fabrication and characterization of conducting polymers. She has published over 180 articles, including 8 book chapters.




Associated Content


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 […]


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 […]

Bottom-Up Soft Engineering

In the spirit of traditional condensed matter physics, this Objective focuses on understanding how the macroscopic properties of soft materials emerge from the chemical composition of, and the interactions between, the molecular components. We study the organisation of proteins into higher order assemblies, building on our successful manufacture of protein nanotubes (fibrils) from readily available […]


MacDiarmid Investigators success with MSI bids

Congratulations to the following MacDiarmid Institute Investigators named on awarded MSI grants, in no particular order:   New Cathodes, $964,050 over 2 years: Simon Hall (Lead Scientist, MU) Magnetic Devices, $3.9 m over 4 years: John Kennedy (Co-Lead Scientist, GNS) and Simon Granville (IRL) [Grant co-lead with Nick Long, IRL] Laser Micromachining, $7.8 m over […]

Organising protein fibrils (nanotubes) into higher order assemblies (Gerrard, Downard, Williams(D), Travas-Sejdic, Blaikie)

With collaborators in other Theme areas (particularly Themes 1 and 5), we will develop methods for organizing the fibrils into higher order structures and will explore the properties of the new materials.  

Functionalised surfaces (Travas-Sejdic, Downard, Hall, Williams(D))

Our work focuses in three areas: i) Optimisation of new approaches for grafting nanoscale organic layers on conducting and non-conducting surfaces and development of methods for patterning the layers and exploiting their reactivity. The approach under study relies on the generation of radicals which attack and bind to the substrate, resulting in strong and stable […]


Jadranka Travas-Sejdic – Stretching new frontiers

Story by Kate Hannah Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, face lit up, is explaining her work: “basically it comes down to opening new frontiers in developing simple electronic devices that will make our lives simpler and safer—exploiting enormous potentials of organic (polymer) electronics.” She is not only a Principal Investigator with the MacDiarmid Institute, but also Director of […]


Collaboration & competition in a small pool

Story by Vicki Hyde   The Lord of the Rings movies have made a lot of people want to come to New Zealand, and the MacDiarmid Institute’s PhD candidate Nihan Ayedemir confesses to being one of them. Stunning scenery aside, what really drew her to advanced polymer research at Auckland University’s Travas- Sjedic Group was […]

New Zealand – Taiwan Symposium on Bio-nanotechnologies and MacDiarmid Institute BioNanoNetwork (BNN) Meeting

The joint New Zealand – Taiwan Symposium on Bionanotechnologies and the MacDiarmid Institute BioNanoNetwork (BNN) annual meeting was held in April 2010 in Wellington and in Christchurch, organized by Richard Tilley and Maan Alkaisi. The symposium was sponsored by the NZ Ministry of Research, Science & Technology, National Science Council, Taiwan and the MacDiarmid Institute BioNanoNetwork. Dr […]

Secrets of the World

  Handheld devices for rapid se­quencing of DNA in the field; im­plantable drug pumps working on the nanoscale — these are two of the applications Jadranka Travas-Sejdic envisions for her ongoing investiga­tions into new polymer electronics materials. Working at the crossroads of nanotech­nology and biotechnology, Travas-Sejdic sees “exceptional opportunities for advancements” in her field that […]