Dr Michelle Emma Dickinson

MEng, PhD


Dr Michelle Dickinson obtained her PhD from Rutgers University (USA) and her MEng from Manchester University (UK) in Biomedical Materials Engineering. She has previously held positions in industry which brings an applied focus to her academic research.

Her research is involved in measuring the mechanical properties of materials from the nanoscale through to the macro scale, specifically using indentation techniques.

She has a special interest in biological material behaviour and adapting traditional engineering measurement techniques and models to suit realistic biological testing conditions.


PhD Materials Engineering and Biomedical Engineering (Interdisciplinary), Rutgers University, USA

Research | Current

  • Nanomechanical testing of small scale materials and thin films
  • Mechanical testing of biological and biomaterials
  • Ocean acidification and effect on mineralised materials
  • In-vivo testing of biological materials

Research groups

Teaching | Current

  • CHEMMAT 121 - Materials Science
  • CHEMMAT 100G - Materials of the Modern World
  • CHEMMAT 221 - Materials
  • CHEMMAT 724 - Advanced Materials Characterisation
  • CHEMMAT 754 - Materials Engineering

Areas of expertise

  • Nanotechnology
  • Nanomechanical testing
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Materials engineering
  • Biomimetics
  • Calcified biological structures.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional affiliations

  • Committee Member SMNZI (Society of Materials New Zealand Incorporated)
  • Member of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)
  • Member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Merrilees, M. J., Falk, B. A., Zuo, N., Dickinson, M. E., May, B. C. H., & Wight, T. N. (2017). Use of versican variant V3 and versican antisense expression to engineer cultured human skin containing increased content of insoluble elastin. J Tissue Eng Regen Med, 11 (1), 295-305. 10.1002/term.1913
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lulu Zuo, Mervyn Merrilees
  • Framil Carpeño D, Ohmura, T., Zhang, L., Dickinson, M., Seal, C., & Hyland, M. (2016). Softening and compressive twinning in nanosecond ultraviolet pulsed laser-treated Ti6Al4V. Scripta Materialia, 113, 139-144. 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2015.10.027
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Margaret Hyland
  • Patil, K. M., Dickinson, M. E., Tremlett, T., Moratti, S. C., & Hanton, L. R. (2016). Synthesis of Diamondoid and Lonsdaleite Networks from the Same Ag(I)–Ligand Combination, with Lonsdaleite the Softer Network. Crystal Growth & Design, 16 (2), 1038-1046. 10.1021/acs.cgd.5b01601
  • Al-Shannaq, R., Kurdi, J., Al-Muhtaseb, S., Dickinson, M., & Farid, M. (2015). Supercooling elimination of phase change materials (PCMs) microcapsules. Energy, 87, 654-662. 10.1016/j.energy.2015.05.033
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mohammed Farid, Refat Al Shannaq
  • Chaudhary, O. J., Calius, E. P., Kennedy, J. V., Dickinson, M., Loho, T., & Travas-Sejdic, J. (2015). Bioinspired dry adhesive: Poly(dimethylsiloxane) grafted with poly(2-ethylhexyl acrylate) brushes. European Polymer Journal, 68, 432-440. 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2015.05.016
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, Thomas Loho
  • Framil Carpeño D, Ohmura, T., Zhang, L., Leveneur, J., Dickinson, M., Seal, C., ... Hyland, M. (2015). Nanomechanical and in situ TEM characterization of boron carbide thin films on helium implanted substrates: Delamination, real-time cracking and substrate buckling. Materials Science and Engineering: A, 639, 54-64. 10.1016/j.msea.2015.04.073
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Margaret Hyland
  • Smith, G. C., Ong, W. K., Costa, J. L., Watson, M., Cornish, J., Grey, A., ... Rewcastle, G. W. (2013). Extended treatment with selective phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase and mTOR inhibitors has effects on metabolism, growth, behaviour and bone strength. FEBS Journal, 280 (21), 5337-5349. 10.1111/febs.12428
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30641
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Shepherd, Gordon Rewcastle, Jillian Cornish, Andrew Grey, Maureen Watson, Greg Gamble
  • Raos, B. J., Unsworth, C. P., Costa, J. L., Rohde, C. A., Doyle, C. S., Bunting, A. S., ... Simpson, M. C. (2013). Infra-red laser ablative micromachining of parylene-C on SiO2 substrates for rapid prototyping, high yield, human neuronal cell patterning. Biofabrication, 5 (2)10.1088/1758-5082/5/2/025006
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Charles Unsworth, Scott Graham, Cather Simpson, Brad Raos

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Level 7, Room 707
New Zealand

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