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Elisabeth Thorn

RDTI Customer Engagement Team Manager

Research & Development Tax Incentive (RDTI)

Helping Aotearoa’s innovators access the R&D Tax Incentive

I am the R&D Tax Incentive Customer Engagement Team Manager at Callaghan Innovation.  I lead a team of dedicated R&D experts with a deep knowledge of the RDTI programme, and a passion for supporting our customers on their RDTI journey. We support Kiwi innovators in effectively engaging with the R&D Tax Incentive programme and are here to answer your questions and provide you support along the way.

I’m a scientist myself, and previously worked as a Technical Support Manager within the Applied Technologies team at Callaghan Innovation. My role was to help Kiwis solve technical challenges on their R&D journey, by connecting innovators with our world-leading Callaghan Innovation experts, scientists and engineers. 

Now, rather than helping innovators to overcome their scientific and technical challenges, I’m helping them overcome some of the commercial challenges, and helping to ease some of the financial strain of developing new and exciting products and services.

I have learned never to be surprised because innovators are everywhere. My team is fortunate to talk to inspiring people every day with amazing new ideas.

Areas of expertise
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Development
  • Optical Engineering
  • Ultrafast laser technology
  • Nonlinear optics
  • PhD in Physics from Victoria University (2020)
  • BSc. (hons) in Physics from Otago University (2000)
Selected publications
  • Adaptive optics for vision science, H Queener, J Lin, K Thorn, A Awwal, Wiley-Interscience 47405, 115-148
  • The photoprotection mechanism in the black–brown pigment eumelanin, A Ilina, KE Thorn, PA Hume, I Wagner, RR Tamming, JJ Sutton, ...Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 119 (4e2212343119
  • Efficient and tunable spectral compression using frequency-domain nonlinear optics, KE Thorn, NR Monahan, SKK Prasad, K Chen, JM Hodgkiss, Optics Express 26 (21), 28140-28149
  • Simultaneously Enhancing Exciton/Charge Transport in Organic Solar Cells by an Organoboron Additive, H Lu, K Chen, RS Bobba, J Shi, M Li, Y Wang, J Xue, P Xue, X Zheng, … Advanced Materials 34 (42), 2205926
  • Free charge photogeneration in a single component high photovoltaic efficiency organic semiconductor, MB Price, PA Hume, A Ilina, I Wagner, RR Tamming, KE Thorn, W Jiao, … Nature Communications 13 (1), 2827
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