Joe Trodahl

Teaching in 2020

Medals and awards

Prince and Princess of Wales Award, 1984

NZ-Germany Science Cooperation Agreement Travel Award, 1987

Michaelis Memorial Prize, 1998

Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 1998


National Science Foundation (USA) Graduate Student Fellowship, 1963-68

Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship (UBC, Vancouver), 1968-71 Senior Scientist Fellowship, Norwegian Council for Science & Technology, 1990-91

Senior Scientist Fellowship, Canadian Science & Engineering Council, 1993-94

UK Engineering and Physical Science Res. Council, Senior Fellowship, 1998, 2003

Visiting Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne, 2006-2012

Research interests

Rare-earth nitrides, intrinsic ferromagnetic semiconductors, materials and spintronics devices

The VUW group opened a new field, firstly exploring and now working toward exploitation of the only series of intrinsic ferromagnetic semiconductors. We lead the world in this field of fundamental/applied materials physics. This project has been funded over more than ten years by NERF, Marsden and the MacDiarmid Institute.

Raman determination of ferroelectric-material phase diagrams

The expensive Raman capability in SCPS is used by me and Engineering Sr. lecturer James Quilty to delineate the phase changes in various ferroelectric and related materials. Our primary interest is in material strained by mixed-phase constituent or by epitaxial thin-film growth.

Selection of publications

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Teaching in 2020