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Sep
14

MacDiarmid researchers successful in latest MBIE round

The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to share the following successes from MacDiarmid researchers in this year’s MBIE Endeavour fund round. All up, these grants come to around $28M, which is shared with non-MacDiarmid research collaborators in many cases (not all listed below).   Research Programs   Addressing the need for magnetic memory to enable superconducting […]

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Sep
04

Applications are now open for the 2018 round of MacDiarmid Institute Business Scholarships for Alumni

The MacDiarmid Institute is offering a limited number of competitive scholarships for alumni to undertake further postgraduate study in business-related areas.   This call is open to alumni who completed their PhD under the supervision of a MacDiarmid Institute investigator.   These scholarships can be used for qualifications including Master of Business Administration, Master of […]

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New Principal Investigators

The MacDiarmid Institute proudly welcomes eight new principal investigators. Pauline Harris Dr Pauline Harris is a lecturer in the Faculty of Science at Victoria University of Wellington, where she lectures in the Science and Society programme on science communication, science in everyday life and the importance of energy in society. She has a PhD in […]

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Aug
21

Alumni videos

How do you go from the lab to the marketplace? MacDiarmid Science – to industry and beyond! Alumni videos   Nihan Aydemir Kirsten Edgar Julie Kho Brendan Darby

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Brendan Darby alumni video

    Watch the other alumni videos here: Nihan Aydemir Kirsten Edgar Julie Kho

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Julie Kho alumni video

    Watch the other alumni videos here: Nihan Aydemir Kirsten Edgar Brendan Darby

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Kirsten Edgar alumni video

    Watch the other alumni videos here: Nihan Aydemir Julie Kho Brendan Darby

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Nihan Aydemir alumni video

    Watch the other alumni videos here: Kirsten Edgar Julie Kho Brendan Darby

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Media coverage of MacDiarmid Principal Investigator Professor Juliet Gerrard’s appointment as PM’s science advisor

Professor Gerrad’s appointment has been covered by the NZ Herald, stuff.co.nz, and TheSpinoff.

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Jun
28
Jun
28
May
30

MacDiarmid Researcher and University of Auckland Professor David Williams shortlisted for 2018 KiwiNet Award

MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology Principal Investigator and University of Auckland Professor David Williams was today announced as a finalist for the KiwiNet Baldwins Researchers Entrepreneur Award. This award recognises an entrepreneurial researcher who has made outstanding contributions to business innovation or has created innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licensing, start-up […]

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May
08

Change in leadership sees MacDiarmid Institute head in new direction

Chair of the MacDiarmid Institute Board, Paul Atkins, today announced the appointment of Associate Professor Nicola Gaston and Associate Professor Justin Hodgkiss as Co-Directors of the Institute. “I’m delighted to see both Associate Professor Gaston and Associate Professor Hodgkiss take up the roles of Co-Director of the MacDiarmid Institute.  Both have long experience as MacDiarmid […]

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Apr
27

Productivity Commission cites MacDiarmid Institute as key organisation contributing to low emissions materials and technologies

MacDiarmid Institute welcomes Productivity Commission Report on Low Emissions Economy MacDiarmid Deputy Director Dr Geoff Willmott today welcomed the Productivity Commission Report on Low Emissions Economy. The report notes the MacDiarmid Institute has research strength in this area. “We welcome the Commission’s call for more research into low-emissions research and development. The report correctly identifies […]

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DANCING WITH ATOMS: PAUL CALLAGHAN

World Premiere Embassy Theatre Sunday, 20 May, 3.30pm to 5.30pm Tickets $25/$15 for children 16 and under and students with ID https://dancingwithatoms.eventbrite.co.nz/, door sales on 1st floor (cash and eftpos) Watch the trailer here. All proceeds to the Cancer Society of NZ   DANCING WITH ATOMS A documentary film by Point of View Productions In […]

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Apr
19

Call for new Associate Investigators

Call for new Associate Investigators (AIs) The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology   Deadline: 10th May 2018   The MacDiarmid Institute invites applications for new Associate Investigators (AIs).   Selection criteria: All investigators have to support and implement the vision and mission of the MacDiarmid Institute; AIs have to contribute to one or […]

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DANCING WITH ATOMS: PAUL CALLAGHAN

World Premiere Embassy Theatre Sunday, 20 May, 3.30pm to 5.30pm Tickets $25/$15 for children 16 and under and students with ID https://dancingwithatoms.eventbrite.co.nz/, door sales on 1st floor (cash and eftpos) Watch the trailer here. All proceeds to the Cancer Society of NZ   DANCING WITH ATOMS A documentary film by Point of View Productions In […]

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Micronutrient profiling of human breast-milk derived exosomes

Frontiers in Genetics paper about studying exosomes derived from human breast milk from MacDiarmid alumni and VUW lecturer Dr Renee Goreham and MacDiarmid PI Professor Thomas Nann. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fgene.2018.00092/full More info: A collaborative review article on exosomes found in breastmilk, paying particular attention to the proteomics and biochemistry. This review was motivated by the research interests […]

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MacDiarmid Institute Equity Policy

MacDiarmid Institute Equity Policy. Read More (opens pdf)

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Mar
08

Call for Personal Post-Doctoral Fellowships by 10th April 2018

Call for Personal Post-Doctoral Fellowships The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology Deadline: 10 th April 2018 The MacDiarmid Institute invites applications for new Personal Post-Doctoral Fellowships. Up to five positions are available in this round of funding. Funding will be awarded for a fixed term, full-time (37½ hour week) position with the employment […]

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Computer chips that work like human brains may ease global energy problem

Professor Simon Brown, MacDiarmid Principal Investigator at the University of Canterbury, and his research regarding neuromorphic computer chips is featured on TVNZ and at the idealog.

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Mar
06

Dr Carla Meledandri on RadioNZ

Dr Carla Meledandri, 2017 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize Winner, appeared on RadioNZ on several occasions to present her exciting research. http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/2018631847/our-changing-world-for-15-february-2018 http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/2018631849/science-speed-dating-leads-to-top-award http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018632547/nanotechnology-can-save-your-teeth-carla-meledandri

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Mar
06

Harvard Professor Daniel Nocera – Fuels to Food from Sunlight, Air, and Water

Harvard Professor and MacDiarmid Institute International Science Board member Dan Nocera talk at the Royal Society: Fuels to Food from Sunlight, Air, and Water. 20 February 2018. Read more at RadioNZ and TheSpinoff.                      Professor Nocera’s talk at the Royal Society

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Dec
12

MacDiarmid Professor Shane Telfer helps easing life for asthmatics

Scientists hope to help asthma sufferers and others needing oxygen at home by developing ‘molecular sponges’ with nanoscale-sized pores to purify the air. There’s possibly nothing more frightening than struggling to take a breath. Something asthmatics and others with respiratory diseases know all too well. Many of these people depend on portable oxygen concentrators, small […]

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Jenny Malmström on RadioNZ

Associate Investigator Jenny Malmstrom talks to RadioNZ about stem cells, implants and materials science. Read more

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Sep
04

Women in Nanoscience

In the light of the MacDiarmid regional lecture series we gathered some pieces where women in Nanoscience tell their stories: Dr Carla Meledandri Professor Cather Simpson

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AMN8: The Solar Revolution

Oxford Prof Henry Snaith and VUW Assoc Prof Justin Hodgkiss discuss ‘The Solar Revoluation’ to the Royal Society in Wanaka, February 2017

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AMN8: Women in Nanoscience

Women in Nanoscience talk  about their lives and work at the AMN8 Women in Nanoscience panel, February 2017

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Aug
11

Mapping our Spin-outs, and other stories – read our 2016 Annual Report

The MacDiarmid Institute 2016 Annual Report    0.1 Director’s report 0.2 Chair’s report 1.1 Materials to combat our changing climate 1.2 Tomorrow’s Computers 1.3 Every atom counts 1.4 Nanotech at the heart of medicine 1.5 Materials stars 1.6 Emeritus Investigators 2.1 Bridging the gap 2.2 Mapping our spin-outs 3.1 Extending our engagement – taking Kōrero […]

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MacDiarmid Institute business scholarships for alumni

The MacDiarmid Institute is offering a limited number of competitive scholarships for alumni to undertake further postgraduate study in business-related areas.  These could be short or long-term courses.   This call is open to alumni who completed their PhD or postdoctoral fellowship under the supervision of a MacDiarmid Institute investigator.   These scholarships can be […]

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Jul
12

MacDiarmid Alumni News – start-ups, rocket launches and more

A new line of news articles that address the stories of MacDiarmid alumni is launched and can be found here or among the Newsroom categories above.   Picture Source: Nasa

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Dr Bhuvana Kannan

Revolution Fibres Ltd is a world leading nanofibre production company based in Auckland developing products for air filtration, skincare, acoustics, composites and much more.  It’s where MacDiarmid Institute alumni Dr Bhuvana Kannan works as Research & Innovation Manager   Dr Bhuvana studied chemistry on a MacDiarmid PhD under MacDiarmid PIs and Professors Jadranka Travas Sejdic and David […]

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Dr Harry Warring

When Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket made it to space on 25 May 20017 it also made it into headlines all around the world. The successful launch was the first orbital-class rocket launched from a private launch site in the world.    Rocket Lab has also launched the career of MacDiarmid Alumni Harry Warring, who now […]

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Dr Andrew Preston

MacDiarmid alumni Andrew Preston’s start-up company Publons was acquired by Clarivate Analytics on 1 June 2017. Dr Preston, who started the company in 2012 with colleague Daniel Johnston, studied on a MacDiarmid Institute PhD scholarship (2007-2009) under MacDiarmid PI Associate Professor Ben Ruck.  Preston and Johnston set up Publons to incentivise peer review by giving […]

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Jun
27

Tell me about your Thesis

MacDiarmid Institute PhD student Leo Browning manipulates nano-wires to make neural networks that behave like living neurons. His thesis focuses on the production of nanowire based neural networks and methods for their application in sensor and logic devices, and integrating networks to tune their behaviour.The long-term goal for this research is to explore electronics that […]

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May
11

Industry speed-dating – video and media coverage

The Interface Industry Challenge is a new joint initiative conceived by the MacDiarmid Institute and the Dodd-Walls Centre, under which scientists from two Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) tackle real world problems faced by New Zealand companies. “We wanted to extend our partnerships with industry. Asking industry to set problems for the Dodd-Walls Centre and […]

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Nanodiamonds may replace common techniques to administer drugs

Amanda Barnard, speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, works on how nanodiamonds may be used to control where and how much of a drug is administered within the human body. Read more

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AMN8 Outreach

680 secondary school students came along to hear and be inspired by David Leigh in Christchurch. Professor Leigh also appeared on RadioNZ and was featured in an article about molecular machines by TheSpinoff. An enthusiastic crowd of 200 people turned up to listen to Henry Snaith and Justin Hodgkiss at the Royal Society in Wanaka. […]

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Mar
24

TV clip – women nanoscientists at AMN8

Channel 39 clip features women nanoscientists at AMN8 – ‘Scientists flock to Queenstown for biggest conference in Southern Hemisphere’. Read more

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Nanoparticles may be used as drug carriers within the human body

Silvia Giordani, speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, works on nanoparticles and their medical applications. Read more

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The MacDiarmid Institute faciliates the New Zealand nano-revolution

Director of the MacDiarmid Institute, Professor Thomas Nann, associate Professor Justin Hodgkiss, and post-doctoral fellow Dr Renee Goreham give an overview over the MacDiarmid Institute’s research activities. Read more

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Mar
22

AMN8: Molecular machines

David Leigh, plenary speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, builds machines that can work on the scale of DNA sized molecules. Read more He also talked to RadioNZ about these ‘molecular machines’. Read more       Here he works his magic on students from Burnside High School and other Christchurch schools.     Picture Source: University of […]

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Mar
22

AMN8: From science to spinoff companies

Associate Professor Justin Hodgkiss shares his experiences in founding a company based on research that was conducted in his group. Read more

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Mar
22

AMN8: Science for kids

During his visit of AMN8 Queenstown, Bioengineer Albert Folch tried to catch interest in science of local children. Read more Picture Source: TheSpinoff.co.nz

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AMN8: Unfolding of proteins

Professor Colin Raston, speaker at AMN8 Queentown, talks about how the ‘Vortex Fluid Device’ may unfold proteins. Read more

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Mar
22

AMN8: Silver nano particles in gel solution to fight tooth decay

Dr Carla Meledandri, principal investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute at the University of Otago, has found a way to use charged antibacterial silver nanocomposite structures ‘to sterilise dentine prior to the placement of a dental restorative material’ (publication). Read more

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Mar
22

Searching for high temperature superconductors

Superconductors already have various applications (electromagnets, digital circuits, particle detectors) but would be even more usefull if they operated at higher temperatures. They would be a revolution to power grids and how power is generated and distributed around the world. And they would make all other current applications cheaper and safer. Ben Mallett, research fellow at the University of […]

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Mar
22

AMN8: Conductive polymers may serve as power source

Rachel Segalman, speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, talks about the thermoelectric potential of polymers. Due to their inherent thermal conductivity, polymers might generate power through external heat gradients. The process also works in reverse so that they may be used as heaters or refrigerators, too. Read more Picture source: Segelman Group Website 

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Mar
22

AMN8: Perovskite solar cells might surpass current Silicon technology

Professor Henry Snaith, plenary speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, has a vision of how Perovskites shape the future of photovoltaic power generation. Read more Professor Snaith also spoke about Perovskites on RadioNZ. Read more Rebecca Sutton and Jesse Allardice, former Victoria University of Wellington students and now PhD students at Oxford and Cambridge, also talk about how […]

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Mar
22

AMN8 Queenstown: Women in Science panel

Three female nanoscientists discuss their lives and work at the ‘AMN8 Trio – Women in Science panel’ – a public engagement event held in Queenstown during AMN8 in February 2017. Watch the video Read more at TheSpinoff

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Mar
22

Coatings of nanopillars may double the speed of ships

MacDiarmid Institute International Science Advisory Board member Professor Thomas Schimmel spoke to Jesse Mulligan at RadioNZ about the Salvinia fern and how its properties might enable them to build ‘ships that will never get wet’. Read more Picture Source: Wikipedia

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Vision Matauranga – Workshop at Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Village

MacDiarmid PI and GNS scientist Andreas Markwitz has organised an international workshop at Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Village focussing on ion beam analysis in commercial environments. GNS has been working with Rototua’s Whakarewarewa Village since 2014, using ion beam analysis to explore air quality issues and the implications of polluted air. Rotorua Daily Post

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Oct
18

MI Investigators successful in MBIE Endeavour Round 2016 & Smart Ideas

12 of our Investigators were successful in MBIE 2016 Endeavour Round.

MacDiarmid Investigators are involved in both ‘Smart Ideas’ and ‘Research Programmes’. 

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Aug
31

Peter Murmu talks about his experience with the MacDiarmid Institute

Dr Peter Murmu was an MSc student at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay when he was offered a PhD scholarship from GNS Science and Victoria University of Wellington. He says he was drawn to New Zealand in part because it was the birthplace of Ernest Rutherford. “I had heard about New Zealand before […]

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Aug
11

MacDiarmid Deputy Director Nicola Gaston talks with Kathryn Ryan about the science of stuff used to make things

MacDiarmid Deputy Director Nicola Gaston talks with Kathryn Ryan about the science of stuff used to make things Listen to the Podcast on RadioNZ  

By Christoph Hasenoehrl | In The Media . Newsroom
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Aug
11

MacDiarmid Investigators Cather Simpson and David Williams discuss how materials science is changing the way farmers analyse milk – Our Changing World

MacDiarmid Investigators Cather Simpson and David Williams discuss how materials science is changing the way farmers analyse milk – Our Changing World Listen to the Podcast on RadioNZ

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Jul
23

MacDiarmid Institute supports tech-transfer with new Internship

For most new companies, getting the right staff on board is important.  For high-tech start-up companies, it is vital. The smooth transfer of technology from a research institution can be a challenge for a new company. This was a problem facing Hi-Aspect, a new MacDiarmid start-up that had developed protein-based nanomaterial for use in skincare […]

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Jul
05

MacDiarmid scientists win at KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards

Associate Professor Simpson, a Principal Investigator with the MacDiarmid Institute, won the Supreme Award at the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards on 30 June. She also won her section – the Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award. MacDiarmid Institute Director Professor Thomas Nann said the Institute was seeing dynamic and innovative research being translated into high commercial value. […]

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Jul
05

MacDiarmid and Dodd-Walls Investigator wins KiwiNet Supreme Award

The Directors of the two Centres of Research Excellence, the MacDiarmid Institute and the Dodd-Walls Centre, today both congratulated Associate Professor Cather Simpson on winning the Supreme Award at the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards last night. Associate Professor Simpson is a Principal Investigator with both Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs).  She also won her section […]

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Jul
05

MacDiarmid Investigator wins at KiwiNet Awards

The Director of the MacDiarmid Institute today congratulated MacDiarmid Principal Investigator Dr Carla Meledandri on winning the ‘Norman F. Barry Trust Emerging Innovator Award’ at the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards 2016 last night. The KiwiNet ‘Norman F. Barry Trust Emerging Innovator Award’ recognises an entrepreneurial researcher who has made outstanding contributions to business innovation or […]

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Jun
09

Materials science is all around us – Annual Report 2015

  Materials Science is Everywhere From the touchscreen on your mobile to the magnets in your laptop, materials science is everywhere. And MacDiarmid scientists have been nearly everywhere too – from dairy sheds to an angel investor forum and into classrooms. Read more in our Annual Report 2015 Or read our stories here: Out of the […]

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Jun
02

Engender Technology wins in AgTech, World Cup Tech Challenge

The Directors of the two Centres of Research Excellence, the MacDiarmid Institute and the Dodd-Walls Centre, today both congratulated Associate Professor Cather Simpson on her company winning the AgTech section of the World Cup Tech Challenge in Silicon Valley.  Associate Professor Simpson is a Principal Investigator with both Centres of Research Excellence.  The Director of […]

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May
24
May
24

Cather Simpson’s start-up company Engender Technology shortlisted for the World Cup Tech Challenge

New Zealand tech start-up company named as finalist for World Cup Tech Challenge led by MacDiarmid Institute and Dodd-Walls Centre Principal Investigator, 14 May 2016 Listen to the Cather’s interview with Kim Hill on Saturday Mornings at RadioNZ: Vote here The MacDiarmid Institute and Dodd-Walls Centre congratulated Associate Professor Cather Simpson, a Principal Investigator in […]

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Mar
22

Teamwork facilitates a detailed pressure-induced spin crossover study

Our team around Principal Investigator Sally Brooker, Associate Investigator Geoff Jameson and Emeritus Investigator Jeff Tallon took on the challange and investigated a first row transition metal complex upon their spin states under the influence of external stimuli such as pressure and temperature. When the ligand field in octahedral d4-d7 first row transition metal complexes […]

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Feb
24

Building electronics atom by atom

Victoria University of Wellington has unveiled a unique piece of equipment used to make everyday electronics by layering atoms on top of each other very precisely. The research equipment—Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE)—creates solid materials by depositing atom by atom, and is the only system of its kind in New Zealand. Victoria’s School of Chemical and […]

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Feb
24

MacDiarmid students presenting at ICONN 2016

Bringing together New Zealand’s and Australian’s nanotechnology research, several members of our Institute presented at the International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2016, held in Canberra. Below is a small summary of Christoph Hasenöhrl, one of our Ph.D. students how he experienced the conference. “The MacDiarmid Institute gave me the unique opportunity to travel overseas […]

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Feb
11

New 2016 Chair MESA

Shyamal Prasad is part of the Justin Hodgkiss group at Victoria University doing ultrafast laser spectroscopy. They focus on understanding how charges (electricity) is generation in next-generation photovoltaics. With this understanding he hopes to push solar energy production to its next level. His area of interest are organic photovoltaics, data analysis, and ultrafast (transient absorption) […]

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Jan
28

Māori and Pasifika students discovering passion for science

A group of talented Māori and Pasifika pupils from around the country descended on Victoria University of Wellington last week to get a taste of tertiary-level science. From 18-22 January five secondary school pupils with an interest in science participated in the Discovery Awards, sponsored by the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. The […]

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Jan
28

Discovery Awards

Discovery Awards are sponsored by the MacDiarmid Institute, and give high school students a residential laboratory experience at either Victoria University or the University of Auckland, and aims to encourage the pupils to continue on to university study.

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Jan
27

Nanocamp

Nanocamp is an annual summer programme run by the MacDiarmid Institute to introduce high school students to nanoscience and advanced materials.

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Jan
27

Happy campers at NanoCamp 2015

Fifteen of New Zealand’s brightest high school science pupils from across the country spent a week in Wellington getting an introduction to nanoscience and advanced materials during NanoCamp 2015. The annual camp, sponsored by the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and held for the sixth year, introduces year 12 and 13 pupils to […]

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Nov
16

Pitch on a Peak – NZ tech investments

New Zealand hosted a major event in the technology investment world this month, with the Asian Business Angels Forum 2015 taking place in Queenstown (October 14-16). The forum drew over 150 angel investors from around the world. A centrepiece was ‘Pitch on a Peak’ – a showcase of NZ tech investment opportunities ranging from early […]

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Oct
12

Nanoscale melting: how size changes thermodynamic stabiility

The properties of nanomaterials change in a number of different ways, some of which are predictable, while others can be quite surprising! Nanoparticles usually melt at lower temperatures than the bulk material, due to the reduced stability of atoms at the surface. This paradigm – called melting point depression – has been challenged by experimental […]

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Oct
12

Why nanotech is sexier than ever

Professor Thomas Nann recently took up his new post as director of New Zealand’s renowned MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. He answered these questions from the Herald. You recently arrived in Wellington following a tenure as director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility. Can you tell us about the kind of work that […]

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Sep
22

Nano-LEGO® – assembling functional nanoparticles

Thomas Nann et al. Nanomaterials and their mesoscopic properties have fascinated many scientists in recent years. The general public associates Nanotechnology probably more with microscopic robots as depicted in Figure 1. Figure 1: Artistic view of a micro-submarine in a blood vessel. CONEYL JAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY To date, there is still a huge […]

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Sep
21

Electronic devices assembled by protein building blocks

Electronic devices assembled by protein building blocks Hodgkiss, Gerrard, Plank, et al Natural proteins have evolved amino acid sequences that adhere to each other with exceptional strength and specificity. In a highlight publication this month,1 a team of biologists, chemists, and physicists exploited such sequences to encode the assembly of electronic devices from hybrid materials. […]

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Aug
07

The Energy Revolution is happening now……

Watch THE ENERGY REVOLUTION by Justin Hodgkiss and Luke Liu and get an overview of the global and local energy situation. Learn about the rapid advances in solar and carbon capture technologies – the installed solar energy capacity worldwide is doubling every 22 months, but despite leading the science, New Zealand is a late adopter. […]

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