Dr Stuart Wimbush

Associate Investigator

Phone: +64 4 463 0093

Postal Address:

Robinson Research Institute
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Stuart Wimbush is a Senior Scientist in the newly-formed Robinson Research Institute of Victoria University of Wellington.   

After obtaining a degree in Applied Physics in his home country of the UK, Stuart undertook his doctoral training in Germany followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Japan before returning to the UK to take up a position at the University of Cambridge. From there, he was lured to Lower Hutt to work at the interface of science and industry, bringing high-performance superconducting technologies out of the lab and into widespread commercial use.


Research Interests

Stuart’s long-running research interest lies in the interplay of superconductivity and magnetism, two cornerstones of solid state physics. Along the way, he has been diverted into the materials science aspects of the synthesis of wide-ranging novel materials, in particular via thin film routes and biochemical bulk synthesis. This in turn has led him to broader fields of investigation, encompassing other types of functional materials and nano-scale device fabrication. The recently emerged field of sustainable energy devices is one of rapidly growing importance that offers the opportunity to combine these diverse interests towards a common goal.

Associated Content


Stuart Wimbush: From materials to systems

Story by Ruth Beran Commercialising high temperature superconductors is what the 25 scientists and engineers at the Robinson Research Institute (RRI) do best. Formerly part of IRL, and called the Superconductivity and Energy Team, the RRI is now part of Victoria University of Wellington. The Robinson Research Institute was named after the late Dr Bill […]

Controlling their own destiny

The scientific legacy of Dr Bill Robinson is a new Institute at Victoria University Wellington bearing his name. The Robinson Research Institute is a newly-formed institute at Victoria which comprises the 25 scientists and engineers who previously formed the Superconductivity & Energy team at Callaghan Innovation (formerly IRL). This team has moved in its entirety from their previous employer to Victoria University […]