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High Quality research In Advanced Materials and NANOtechnology

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is a national network of New Zealand’s leading scientists, leveraging strength across the country and internationally. We build materials and devices from atoms and molecules, developing and applying cutting edge techniques in physics, chemistry and engineering. We capture our diversity to create benefit and build strength.

We partner with New Zealand businesses to take our innovative new technologies to export markets in sectors as diverse as health, electronics, food and fashion. We train entrepreneurial and socially-aware young scientists, many of whom go on to work in industry or start their own companies, in a culture of excellence and collaboration.

Through sharing the results of our scientific research with the public and with Government, we are inspiring researchers and working to generate a nationwide culture change where science and innovation are celebrated as the keys to New Zealand’s future prosperity.

While the Institute is hosted by Victoria University of Wellington, our Investigators work throughout New Zealand. 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.

Strategic Plan

Our Vision:
Our Mission:

To deliver excellent scientific research and education

Creative, ambitious, innovative research in advanced materials and nanotechnology

To forge New Zealand’s future leaders

Scientifically astute, entrepreneurially and socially aware inspirational leaders

To inspire New Zealanders

Engendering passion for science and innovation across society

To advance a new future for New Zealand

Pursuit, support and delivery of economic, environmental and social wealth and well-being

Our Values:



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 ScienceEngineeringArchitecture 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.