Meet your Mad Scientist -  Professor Thomas Nann

1. What is your current position, and what do you do?

I am Head of School. I work with many fantastic and creative people to make the world a better place.

2. What interests did you have growing up? 

I was always interested in science and took everything apart, because I wanted to know how things work.

3. Would you recommend pursuing a career in the sciences?

Absolutely. It's never boring and there are many, many different things you can do with a Science degree, ranging from working with the government, over media, teaching, to research and development in industry (and everything in between).

4. What advice would you give to kids who are interested in the sciences?

Don't drop math at school!

About Thomas

Professor Thomas Nann is Professor and Head of School at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Newcastle in Australia.

He received his MSc (Chemistry) in 1994, and PhD (Physical Chemistry) in 1997, both from the Albert-Ludwig University Freiburg, Germany.From Freiburg, Thomas first moved to the University of East Anglia in the UK, then to the University of South Australia in Adelaide.

In 2015, he accepted an appointment as Director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology in New Zealand, and finally returned to Australia in 2019 to take up his current position.

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