Dr Chris Bumby

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Senior Scientist Robinson Research Institute

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Dr Chris Bumby’s research spans a broad range of applied physics and materials science and engineering. This has included functional materials synthesis and characterisation, HTS machines and cables, hydraulic power systems and minerals processing.

Chris is highly motivated to undertake applied research which will deliver substantial commercial outcomes. He has undertaken commercial research and development projects in partnership with a wide range of companies including multinational and New Zealand firms. He has authored three patents, all of which are commercially licensed to New Zealand companies.

Chris has previously held postdoctoral research fellowships from the Royal Society (UK), the MacDiarmid Institute and the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST). He is currently an Associate Investigator at the MacDiarmid Institute and has supervised research students from the University of Oxford, WelTec, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Canterbury.

Chris holds a DPhil in condensed matter physics from the University of Oxford, where his research focussed on the development of high efficiency infrared photovoltaic devices. He has also completed courses with the New Zealand Institute of Management in project management and accounting. Chris is the Science Leader for 2 research programmes currently funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.