Professor Thomas Nann
Professor Thomas Nann is the Head of School at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Newcastle in Australia.
Thomas’ research interests focus on the synthesis, characterisation and application of functional nanomaterials and their application in the areas of energy, health and catalysis.
He has a track record of fundamental and applied research on these topics, stemming from his 1997 PhD from the University of Freiburg, Germany, on the simulation of electrochemical processes utilising finite method analysis. Intrigued by the implications of semiconductor nanocrystals on electrochemical applications, Thomas began delving into the world of quantum dots and other nanostructured functional materials. After his work earned him his habilitation in 2004, he's found success in the field ever since. His research has taken him and his family all over the world. From Freiburg, Thomas first moved to the University of East Anglia in the UK, then to the University of South Australia in Adelaide. During this time he established a strong leadership and research track record in the areas of Nanosciences and Nanotechnology. In 2015, he accepted an appointment as Director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology in New Zealand, and finally returned to Australia in 2019 to take up his current position.
Naturally, as his work developed, so did his group. Over the years he has successfully supervised numerous PhD and Postdoctoral students: most recently celebrating Dr. Geoffry Laufersky for his work on Aminophosphine Reduction Mechanisms and the Synthesis of Indium Phosphide Nanomaterials, Dr. Yatin Mange with his work on the reductive photocurrent enhancement of Ni4O4 cluster complexes, Dr. Siobhan Bradley for her examination of heterogeneity in graphene and graphene oxide quantum dots, Dr. Thomas Macdonald's fabrication of quantum dot sensitised carbon nanotube photocathodes, and Dr. Melissa Dewi's assembly of iron oxide and gold nanoparticle heterodimers.
“Finding and exploring new nanomaterials paves the way for new products and the associated advanced manufacturing industry. In my opinion, it is crucial for New Zealand's future economy to build a strong and diverse high-tech industry base to maintain our standard of living and competitiveness.”
– Thomas Nann, interview with Jaime Morton, NZ Herald