Thomas’ research interests focus on the synthesis, characterisation and application of functional nanomaterials and their application in the areas of energy, health and catalysis. He has a track record of fundamental and applied research on these topics, which is documented by numerous publications in high ranking journals. Furthermore, he has successfully supervised PhD and PostDoctoral students, concluded many industrial collaborative projects, holds several patents and is a member of editorial boards of scientific journals.
“Finding and exploring new nanomaterials paves the way for new products and the associated advanced manufacturing industry. In my opinion, it is crucial for New Zealand's future economy to build a strong and diverse high-tech industry base to maintain our standard of living and competitiveness.” – Thomas Naan in an interview with NZ Herald.