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Shaun Hendy joined IRL in 1998 as a NZ Science & Technology Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Applied Mathematics team. He is now a Distinguished Scientist at IRL, and Deputy Director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and nanotechnology, hosted by Victoria University of Wellington.
The MacDiarmid Institute is a Centre of Research Excellence that is a partnership between VUW, Canterbury University, IRL, the University of Otago, Massey University and GNS Science.
Shaun has more than 80 scientific publications in mathematics, physics, chemistry and multi-disciplinary science, and has given more than 30 plenary and invited talks. He has worked on problems in genetics, agriculture, astrophysics and general relativity, fluid mechanics and granular flow, nanoscience, and on the innovation process itself. Today, his research group use computer simulations as an experimental research tool to investigate the behaviour of materials at the nanoscale. His work at IRL has led to applications in micro and nanofluidics, and in nanotechnology. In 2010, he was awarded an inaugural Massey University Distinguished Young Alumni award for his research into nanotechnology.
He collaborates widely both within New Zealand and internationally, with on-going research programmes with scientists in the USA, the UK, Europe and Australia.
He has developed post-graduate level courses in theoretical physics, which he teaches in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at VUW. He has also supervised more than 10 post-graduate students and 8 post-doctoral fellows, mentoring several into permanent positions at IRL.
Shaun is active in science communication. He regularly gives interviews to the media, has a regular slot on physics on Radio New Zealand Nights with Bryan Crump and contributes to Sciblogs.co.nz through his blog A Measure of Science.