Michelle Dickinson

Dr Michelle Dickinson has degrees in both science and engineering. She teaches materials engineering at the University of Auckland but also studied biomedical engineering and loves how science in the biological world is being combined with engineering in the artificial materials world to create novel solutions to age old diseases. By day she runs a nanomechanical research laboratory where she pushes, prods and breaks all sorts of materials including gold nanoparticles for antimicrobial treatments, zinc oxide nanowires for solar cells and biological cells for disease research. By night she fills her life with adventure sports (mostly kitesurfing and snowkiting), flying planes, her dog and reading about or building new technologies. Michelle is on Twitter @medickinson

How exercise is good for your brain as well as your body - Nano Girl

May 21, 2015

In this age of screen driven office life, it’s easy to forget that we are actually built to move all day.  Our caveman self didn’t sit hunched over a desk staring at the same spot, our caveman self was aware of our environment around us, listening, seeing, smelling, touching, stimulating all of our senses to […]

Can you blame your parents for being a ‘drama queen’? - Nano Girl

May 18, 2015

I’m using the term ‘drama queen’ for both genders by the way, it’s not just a female issue as the name implies, but we all know those people who seem to blow things out of all proportion, who overreact to a negative situation as if its much worse that it actually is and those who […]

The power of success - Nano Girl

May 14, 2015

If you ask a child what being successful means to them, they typically describe things that involve money, power or fame.  It’s what society seems to strive towards, that big pot of money and celebrity at the end of the rainbow. You only need to watch reality TV, or read celebrity gossip magazines to see […]

Spiders create super-strong webs with nanotechnology! - Nano Girl

May 11, 2015

Take two fascinating strong materials, spider silk and carbon nanotubes, and mix them to create a material with a combined strength, toughness and ductility that’s just not been seen before. If you just want to watch this story, click on the picture video link, otherwise keep reading. It sounds like a happy weekend in Italy […]

Sexism in Engineering and Science – you only know what you know - Nano Girl

May 03, 2015

Being a woman in engineering I’m in the minority. Only 11% of practising engineers are female and although I’ve never had my ponytail touched as an engineer (but I have as a bartender and waitress), I do come across situations that do not make me feel welcome based on my gender. Studies show that 40% of […]

Catching oil in a net with nanotechnology - Nano Girl

Apr 19, 2015

Catching liquid in a net may seem like a crazy idea, but by adding a fine dusting of silica nanoparticles to a metal mesh, researchers have been able to create a new type of net. Hydrophobic surfaces (surfaces which repel liquid) are not new and several sprays can now be bought in your local hardware […]