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The MacDiarmid Institute brings together and equips New Zealand’s leading researchers in nanotechnology and materials science. Our culture of collaboration and excellence enables scientists to work together across disciplines at the highest level, and remain connected internationally.
We partner with New Zealand businesses to take our innovations through to export markets in areas as diverse as health, electronics, food and fashion. The Institute also inspires and trains young researchers and engages the public with science-centred events.
Our Investigators work throughout New Zealand, while the Institute is hosted by Victoria University of Wellington. Named after Alan MacDiarmid, whose curiosity and determination saw him awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the MacDiarmid Institute was New Zealand’s first Centre of Research Excellence.
SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE, LEADERSHIP, INSPIRATION: ADVANCEMENT OF NEW ZEALAND
Creative, ambitious, innovative research in advanced materials and nanotechnology
Scientifically astute, entrepreneurially and socially aware inspirational leaders
Engendering passion for science and innovation across society
Pursuit, support and delivery of economic, environmental and social wealth and well-being
The Science Executive
The Science executive, which meets every two months, provides a vital sounding board and source of guidance for the Director and Deputy Directors in their day-by-day leadership roles. This executive comprises the Director, the Deputy Directors, the Board Chair, and eight elected Principal Investigators.
The Director, Deputy Directors, Centre Manager, and two Administrators; the Management Team work to provide an environment in which our researchers achieve at their highest level.
Wise governance is central to the Institute's ability to function effectively. Underpinning that goverance are pricipals of partnership, fairness, transparency and excellence. The Institute is not established as a seperate legal entity, but as an expression of the partnership intent embodied in a founding partnership agreement
The Board is informed by an International Advisory Board (IAB), comprising some of the world's leading scientists in the fields of research represented by the Institute. The IAB meets every two years.
The MacDiarmid Institute’s research covers a huge range of activities, from very fundamental to purely applied, but most of this activity has long term commercial potential.
The MacDiarmid Institute's researchers have had some notable successes in commercialising their research, including Magritek and Anzode, and has provided valuable support to a number of emerging companies, such as Izon and Aeroqual. A significant number of new commercialisation projects are underway (e.g. Synthodics), or are emerging. Researchers like Simon Hall, David Williams and Bob Buckley have been involved in commercializing research for more than 20 years.
Sponsorship and Support
The MacDiarmid Institute is proud to support the following organisations:
The Asia Nano Forum (ANF) is a Nanotechnology networking organisation covering 15 economies in the Asia Pacific region. ANF's Mission is to promote responsible research & development of nanotechnology that educationally, socially, environmentally and economically, benefits each economy by fostering international network and collaboration. Read the ANF newsletter here.
CHIASMA is New Zealand's premier student-led organisation that fosters connections between science and business, connecting university students to high-tech industries.
Eureka! The Sir Paul Callaghan Awards for young Science Orators.
Te Rōpū Āwhina in the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Architecture and Design at Victoria University of Wellington, was established in 1999. The kaupapa of Āwhina is to produce Māori and Pacific scientists, technologists, engineers, architects and designers to contribute to Māori and Pacific community development and leadership.