Dr Michelle Emma Dickinson

MEng, PhD

Biography

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.
 

Qualifications

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

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)

  • Grinstaff, M. W., Willmott, G. R., Colby, A. H., Dickinson, M., Loho, T., & Weatherall, E. (2017). Tunable resistive pulse sensing and nanoindentation of pH-responsive expansile nanoparticles. International Journal of Nanotechnology, 14 (1/2/3/4/5/6), 1-1. 10.1504/IJNT.2017.10000603
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Geoff Willmott, Thomas Loho
  • Weatherall, E., Loho, T., Dickinson, M., Colby, A. H., Grinstaff, M. W., & Willmott, G. R. (2017). Tunable resistive pulse sensing and nanoindentation of pH-responsive expansile nanoparticles. International Journal of Nanotechnology. 10.1504/IJNT.2017.082426
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Geoff Willmott, Thomas Loho
  • 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
  • Chaudhary, O. J., Calius, E. P., Kennedy, J. V., Dickinson, M., Loho, T., & Travas-Sejdic, J. (2016). Poly(dimethylsiloxane) grafted with adhesive polymeric chains provide a route towards cost effective dry adhesives. European Polymer Journal, 84, 13-21. 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2016.08.035
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, Thomas Loho
  • Framil Carpeño D, Dickinson, M., Seal, C., & Hyland, M. (2016). Induced hydrophobicity in micro- and nanostructured nickel thin films obtained by ultraviolet pulsed laser treatment. physica status solidi (a), 213 (10), 2709-2713. 10.1002/pssa.201600101
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Margaret Hyland
  • Greene, C. A., Green, C. R., Dickinson, M. E., Johnson, V., & Sherwin, T. (2016). Keratocytes are induced to produce collagen type II: A new strategy for in vivo corneal matrix regeneration. Experimental cell research, 347 (1), 241-249. 10.1016/j.yexcr.2016.08.010
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30604
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Trevor Sherwin, Colin Green, Carol Greene
  • Naot, D., Watson, M., Callon, K. E., Tuari, D., Musson, D. S., Choi, A. J., ... Dickinson, M. (2016). Reduced Bone Density and Cortical Bone Indices in Female Adiponectin-Knockout Mice. Endocrinology, 157 (9), 3550-3561. 10.1210/en.2016-1059
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31898
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Grey, David Musson, Dorit Naot, Justin Fernandez, Jillian Cornish, Karen Callon, Greg Gamble, Donna Tuari
  • Nguyen, C. L., Preston, A., Tran, A. T. T., Dickinson, M., & Metson, J. B. (2016). Adhesion enhancement of titanium nitride coating on aluminum casting alloy by intrinsic microstructures. Applied Surface Science, 377, 174-179. 10.1016/j.apsusc.2016.03.117
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chuong Nguyen, James Metson

Contact details

Primary location

ENGINEERING BLOCK 1 - Bldg 401
Level 7, Room 707
20 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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