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DVC Research & Enterprise

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Lab 426
Room DVC
Phone numbers
8513 (Office)
64 3 479 8513 (Office Direct Dial)
8712 (Lab)

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Professor Blaikie is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise, and Professor in Physics, at the University of Otago. He received the B.Sc. (Hons) degree from the University of Otago, New Zealand, in 1988 and the Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Cambridge, U.K., in 1992. For one year, he was a visiting scientist at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory, investigating single-electron transport effects in semiconductor nanostructures. He returned to New Zealand in 1993, taking up a position in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Canterbury prior to moving to his current role at Otago.


As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Blaikie oversees all of the research and commercialisation activities of the University.

Current research includes:

Nanophotonics – super-resolution optical lithography Plasmonics and related surface-wave phenomena, deep sub wavelength optical field confinement for sensing and imaging, intense lighting and transient luminous events (e.g. red sprites)

Micro- and Nano-fabrication – optical and electron beam lithography fabrication technologies for novel applications

Electronic Device Engineering – single-electron logic and memory devices and novel nano-electronic devices


Liu, F., Chen, K., Yan, W., Tang, W., Zhang, H., Blaikie, R. J., … Ding, B., & Qiu, M. (2024). Revealing exciton transport in atomically thin semiconductors. Physical Review B, 109, 205418. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.109.205418 Journal - Research Article

Misiiuk, K., Willmott, G. R., Blaikie, R. J., Sommers, A. D., Kumar Pandian, S., & Lowrey, S. (2024). Surveying the directional transport of water droplets upon impact on metallic topographic gradients. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 16, 24094-24107. doi: 10.1021/acsami.4c02773 Journal - Research Article

Misiiuk, K., Blaikie, R., Sommers, A., & Lowrey, S. (2023). Direction, shape, and scale dependence of ice adhesion on topographical wetting gradients. Journal of Materials Engineering & Performance. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11665-023-08826-0 Journal - Research Article

Ijaz, M., Zhang, H., Chan, S. V., Holt, R., Davis, N. J. K. L., & Blaikie, R. J. (2023). Plasmonically coupled semiconductor quantum dots for efficient hydrogen photoelectrocatalysis. Applied Physics Letters, 123, 053901. doi: 10.1063/5.0157677 Journal - Research Article

Tian, C., Sedlmeir, F., Blaikie, R., & Schwefel, H. (2023). Nanocrystals on the crystalline whispering gallery mode resonator. Proceedings of the Te Whai Ao: Dodd-Walls Centre (DWC) Rotorua Symposium. (pp. 43). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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