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Dr Sam Lowrey

Senior Lecturer

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Lab 426
Room 315
Phone numbers
7787 (Office)
64 3 479 7787 (Office Direct Dial)
4600 (Lab)
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I carried out my undergraduate and postgraduate studies in physics at the University of Otago and completed my PhD in 2012. I then carried out a research fellow position at Otago working on the development of an optical lithographic system for large area imaging in the evanescent wave regime. During 2016-2021, I led several industry and government funded projects in the areas of engineering thermodynamics and open surface microfluidics. I joined the Department of Physics as a senior lecturer in October 2021.

Microfluidics – development of novel micro-/nano-fabricated surfaces for controlling frost and ice formation via surface tension gradients. Passive control of droplets and bubbles on open surfaces.

Engineering Thermodynamics – computational fluid dynamics modelling and performance testing of novel heat exchanger technology. Design, development and performance testing of energy efficient heat pump technology configured for drying processes.

Optical Lithography – development of advanced interference based optical lithographic imaging techniques for nanofabrication. Specific areas include high and ultra-high NA lithography using liquid-immersion and solid-immersion techniques.