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Robert Holt

Robert Holt

Team Leader

Advanced Manufacturing

Electrical Engineering

Areas of expertise

• Electronic system design
• Project Manager R&D
• Renewable energy, including hydrogen as an energy vector for the future
• IoT communication technology
• LabView developer
• Building multidisciplinary teams


• MSc Physics, Victoria University Wellington 2005
• BSc ARCS (Hons) Imperial College of Science and Technology 1980

Professional activities

• Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology
• Chartered Engineer


Robert started his career in the UK electricity supply industry, working in specialised radio systems and then developing high value pre-press equipment to process and print coloured images.

After migrating to New Zealand in 1996, he worked for a telecommunications system developer before moving back to research, including carbon capture, hydrogen-based energy storage and recently IoT wireless technologies.


•Investigation of the friability of Ca looping sorbents during and after hydration based reactivation, Vlatko Materic, Margaret Hyland, Mark Ian Jones, Robert Holt, Fuel, Volume 127, 1 July 2014, Pages 70-77 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016236113009046
•An internally circulating fluid bed for attrition testing of Ca looping sorbents, Vlatko Materic, Robert Holt, Margaret Hyland, Mark I. Jones, Fuel, Volume 127, 1 July 2014, Pages 116-123,  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001623611301020X
•Measurement of polymer shear modulus using thickness shear acoustic waves, Robert C. Holt, Gideon J. Gouws, John. Z. Zhen, Current Applied Physics, Volume 6, Issue 3, June 2006, Pages 334-339,  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1567173905002531