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

Drawing sensors with a simple ball point pen powered by nanotechnology - Nano Girl

Mar 22, 2015

What do you normally do once your ball point pen runs out?  Most people would throw them away, but now engineers at the University of California, San Diego have created a new type of refill ink for your pen that isn’t harmful allowing you to draw sensors anywhere including on your skin and on your plants! […]

A Jacket that powers your devices using nanotechnology - Nano Girl

Mar 14, 2015

What if the jacket that you were wearing to keep you warm, also had the capability of generating electricity from your tiniest movements such as your heartbeat or blood flow to the larger movements from you walking around to use for powering integrated electronics or sensors. Well researchers at Sungkyunkwan University and the University of […]

Chameleons colour changing secret discovered to be nanotechnology! - Nano Girl

Mar 11, 2015

Chameleons are one of natures most incredible creatures with their ability to quickly change colour for social reasons or personal protection. They have populated myths and legends and were even described by Aristotle due to their unusual features including their independently moveable eyes, long projectile tongue and zygodactylous (two toes forward, two behind) feet. Previously […]

How a temporary tattoo can measure blood glucose levels - Nano Girl

Jan 25, 2015

Anyone who has had to manually measure their blood glucose levels using the finger pin prick method knows that it’s not a pleasurable experience.  For many patients with diabetes, this process needs to happen several times a day, every day to monitor glucose spikes after eating in order to administer the correct dosage of insulin. […]

Quantum dots in your TV! - Nano Girl

Jan 25, 2015

This years CES (consumer electronics show) has just drawn to a close. A place where us tech obsessed nerds scour the exhibitor list looking for the next big thing in gadgets and gismos. Drones and wearable devices were prominent this year, but the big announcement that caught my nano attention was the launch of Quantum Dot televisions. […]

Company Paid Egg Freezing Empowering Working Women? - Nano Girl

Oct 15, 2014

This week, Facebook and Apple shared publicly that they are or will pay for egg freezing for their female employees without a medical condition. The media jumped on this relatively small change to the surrogacy benefit (Facebook) and fertility benefit (Apple) portion of the healthcare plans offered and sensationalist headlines took over the media suggesting […]

Why I chose to speak at a tech event which had booth babes - Nano Girl

Sep 29, 2014

It was only a week ago that I wrote a blog entitled “where are all the women in tech” having been at New Zealand’s largest tech conference as one of only 13 females out of a total of 117 speakers. Not ideal, but moving in the right direction and working hard to create a safe […]

Where are all the women in tech? - Nano Girl

Sep 22, 2014

I’m just winding down from the fantastic Microsoft TechEd conference last week and was lucky enough to be one of the keynote speakers in front of an audience of over 2500 at the Vector arena. However, there was something startlingly different about me compared to the other keynote speakers. It wasn’t because I was the […]

Adding graphene to rubber bands could save lives! - Nano Girl

Aug 31, 2014

Graphene is flexible and conductive, rubber bands are stretchy and cheap, so what happens if you combine the two? A discovery by Europeans scientists published this week shows a cheap and easy way to add graphene to rubber bands turning them into a sensor which could measure vitals such as your breathing or pulse rate. […]