Leading innovation in materials science
I work as a Distinguished Scientist in the Applied Technologies team specialising in Advanced Engineering & Materials. My journey with Callaghan Innovation began in 2015 when I joined to spearhead a significant project focused on titanium metallurgy. Prior to that, I taught Manufacturing and Materials Science at Massey University and led groundbreaking research on novel materials highly resistant to wear and corrosion during my decade at Leeds University, UK.
You may know of the exceptional corrosion resistance exhibited by stainless steels. This is enabled by the formation of a thin protective layer, measuring less than 5nm in thickness (equivalent to 1/10,000th the diameter of a human hair).
One of the highlights of my career was developing a processing route for NiTi alloys, enabling a New Zealand company to manufacture products that were previously exclusively made by NASA. This achievement showcased the immense potential for innovation and collaboration in the field of materials science.
Together with my talented team at Callaghan Innovation, we will continue to revolutionise industries and shape a brighter future for New Zealand through groundbreaking research and technological advancements.