Amy joined Lincoln Agritech’s New Materials Group to research new uses for wool. She has a strong interest in chemistry and materials science and has experience working in both academic and commercial environments.
Amy has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Canterbury. Her doctoral research focussed on developing an alternative electrochemical approach for industrial wool processing that has a lower impact on the environment than conventional chemical methods. Her work was co-sponsored by Canesis Network Ltd and AgResearch Ltd.
After completing her PhD studies, Amy moved to the United Kingdom and worked as a Postdoctoral Scientist at Imperial College London for four years where she researched the electrodeposition of ZnO nanostructures on molecular thin films for photovoltaic applications.
Since returning to New Zealand, she has been involved in several start-up technology companies including ArcActive Ltd, a company engineering a new electrode for lead-acid batteries for micro-hybrid vehicles, and CertusBio Ltd, where she worked on developing lactose biosensors.
At Lincoln Agritech, Amy is developing novel wool-based materials for use in a variety of applications such as personal care, filtration and textiles.