Chemistry PhD candidate Hannah Robinson is investigating new paint technology to prevent biofouling.
Hannah Robinson completed a BSc in Biochemistry at Saginaw Valley State University in her hometown in Michigan and received her Masters of Science in Medical Microbiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before moving to Wellington to start her PhD in Chemistry at the Ferrier Research Institute.
Hannah’s PhD research alongside supervisors, Simon Hinkley and Bradley Williams, is looking at developing new antifouling paint technology to prevent biofouling.
“This project is a good match for me—it’s giving me the opportunity to develop my skills and become an independent scientist. It’s interdisciplinary, and I’m able to utilise different aspects of my background and knowledge to, hopefully, produce a commercial product that is a “green” alternative to current antifouling paints.
“My supervisors are knowledgeable, accessible, and approachable: we have many productive conversations about the project. I really enjoy our partnership. It’s also great being part of the Ferrier Research team—everyone here is friendly and willing to share their expertise, and there are opportunities for collaborative work.”
Hannah says being a Victoria University of Wellington student offers her the chance to present her work locally, nationally, and even internationally, and, after graduating, she plans to continue working on developing antimicrobial treatments.