Events

The MacDiarmid Regional Lecture Series

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Little Materials, Big Stories – Women Nanoscientists tell their stories (July-October 2017) The 2017 MacDiarmid Institute Regional Lecture Series has now finished.  These free public talks in six locations around New Zealand (Tauranga, Napier, Whanganui, Nelson, Wanaka and Oamaru) discussed the realities of life as a scientist and the research in the MacDiarmid Institute – […]

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NanoCamp

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Applications for January 2018 NanoCamp are now closed.    This event will run again in January 2019; please check back here mid-2018 for more details      

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DiscoveryCamp – Te Tohu Huraina

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  Applications for January 2018 DiscoveryCamp are now closed.    This event will run again in January 2019; please check back here mid-2018 for more details     Find out more – The Spinoff article August 2017 Mana Magazine article November 2016  January 2015 compliation of high-speed photography by MacDiarmid Institute DiscoveryCamp students Vaihola Mausa […]

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SANZ-O-MAG2 workshop

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The second SANZMAG workshop, SANZ-O-MAG2, will be hosted by the University of Otago from Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 February 2017. The aim of SANZMAG conferences is to bring together researchers, especially from Australia and New Zealand, who have an interest in molecular magnetism. Whether you’re a magnetochemist in an established group, or an honours […]

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University of Otago

Rare Earth Nitrides

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Rare Earth Nitrides: The New Kids On The Block For Semiconductor Spintronics   The rare earth nitrides (RENs) are almost unique materials, displaying the properties of both semiconductors and magnets, even in their intrinsic state. They offer opportunities across a broad range of electronic-optical technologies and “spintronics” applications, an emerging energy-saving branch of electronics which […]

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NMR diffusometry for porous media research

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Dr Petrik Galvosas Victoria University of Wellington Studying molecular motion with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is nearly as old as the discovery of NMR itself [1]. However, with the introduction of so called pulsed magnetic field gradients [2] NMR became a highly versatile tool for studying diffusion and flow in many areas such as physics, […]

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Zoom Video Conferencing

Student & Postdoc Symposium 2015

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Mātauranga Māori, Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Victoria University of Wellington 19-20 November 2015 Tēnā koutou katoa The theme of the 2015 Student and Postdoc Symposium is ‘Mātauranga Māori, Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials’. Mātauranga Māori encompasses historic, local, and traditional knowledge; systems of knowledge transfer and storage; and goals, aspirations and issues from a Māori perspective. […]

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Victoria University of Wellington

Functional Nanostructures – what’s it all about?

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Professor Juliet Gerrard The University of Auckland In this talk, I’ll present an overview of the work that is getting going in the new Functional Nanostructures theme of the MacDiarmid Institute.  Come along and find out who is doing what, and how you can get involved.      

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Scopia Desktop, Victoria University of Wellington - RB901, University of Auckland - Engineering 403-406, University of Canterbury – Psychology 164

Public Lecture Series: The Energy Revolution Tauranga – Napier – Nelson – Whanganui

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The age of fossil fuels is coming to an end.  Global warming from their burning is undeniable.  But when will tomorrow begin? Will there be a long transition period, with a mish-mash of renewables while we learn to harness the sun’s energy efficiently, as plants have been doing for 3.5 billion years?  Is there even enough sunlight […]

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Tauranga, Napier, Nelson and Whanganui

Using computational tools to study the interaction between nano and biological materials

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Dr Tamsyn Hilder Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Computational Biophysics Group, Research School of Biology, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia and Visiting Research Fellow, School of Chemistry and Physical SciencesVictoria University of Wellington Biological ion channels are selectively permeable to specific ionic species, and regulate the flow of ions across the cell membrane. They maintain the resting […]

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Scopia Desktop, Victoria University of Wellington - RB901, University of Auckland - Engineering 403-406, University of Canterbury – Psychology 164

Practical microfluidics: applying basic micro scale physics to address problems in biology and medicine

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Professor David Bebbe University of Wisconsin-Madison David J. Beebe is the Claude Bernard Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Co-Leader of the Tumor Microenvironment Program in the UW Carbone Cancer Center, and a John D. MacArthur Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is the recipient of the IEEE EMBS Early Career Achievement Award, the Lab on […]

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Scopia Desktop, Victoria University of Wellington - RB901, University of Auckland - Engineering 403-406, University of Canterbury – Psychology 164

Think Science Day – Science In The City

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Short and sharp talk-sessions that lift the scientific lid on Auckland’s infrastructure, planning and population. Learn what makes the city tick. Three science experts deliver fast-and-furious 25-minute presentations followed by Q+A sessions, and then panel members debate Auckland’s future. Ideas and Innovation (12:30 -2:00pm) How can ideas chance our world? Can we live off knowledge not nature? […]

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Paradiso Spiegeltent Aotea Square Auckland

Nanogirl at Auckland Arts Festival

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Blow things up! Blow things over! Blow your mind!  THINK SCIENCE SPECIAL EVENT NANOGIRL Superpowers for superheroes – wall climbing, flying, fire, levitation and invisibility! New Zealand’s science superhero, Nanogirl (aka Dr Michelle Dickinson) takes you and your family on a super ride in an unpredictable science performance. Invisibility and invincibility are two superpowers that Dr […]

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Auckland Town Hall

Public Talk: Prof Laurens Molenkamp

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Topological-insulator properties of HgTe quantum wells: Introduction & Recent results Proffessor Laurens Molenkamp, University of Wuerzburg, Germany Prof Molenkamp is an experimental physicist studying the electric and magnetic properties of nano-structured semiconductors. He was awarded numerous prizes, including the 2012 Oliver Buckley Prize of the American Physical Society, for experimental observations that established HgTe quantum […]

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Laby Lecture Theatre (LBLT 118) Victoria University of Wellington

Public Talk: Michael Graetzel on the future of solar energy

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Professor Michael Graetzel, Ecole Polytechnique of Lausanne, is in New Zealand as an invited keynote speaker for the MacDiarmid Institute’s  AMN-7 conference in Nelson, 8-12 Feb. He will be visiting Auckland en route, and giving a talk on the future of solar energy on 5 February at 3pm at the University of Auckland (Room 301-G053 […]

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University of Auckland, 23 Symonds Street

AMN-7 Nelson, 2015

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Save the date! AMN-7, the seventh biennial series of meetings that focus on the latest research on advanced materials and nanotechnology will take place in Nelson in February 2015. AMN-7 will continue the best traditions of previous events, including a range of high-impact plenary presentations, cutting-edge invited and contributed talks, interactive poster presentations and convivial […]

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Rutherford Hotel, Nelson, New Zealand

Nanocamp 2016

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Nanocamp is a week long residential science camp held by the MacDiarmid Institute delving into nanoscience and nanotechnology.  Students selected for this event will spend a week working with the Institute’s top scientists completing hands-on investigations into topics ranging from electron microscopy, laser physics and nanoelectronics. This time Nanocamp will be hosted by Victoria University […]

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Victoria University of Wellington

Percolating Cluster Devices

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When clusters (nanoparticles) are randomly deposited on a surface they produce percolating films which have remarkable electrical properties. [1] Here we will focus on devices that contain percolating films of Sn and Pb clusters, and especially those that are deliberately constructed so as to guarantee that the film is close to the percolation threshold (onset […]

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Nanomaterial field effect transistor biosensors

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Dr Natalie Plank, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, VUW   Semiconducting nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes and ZnO nanowires, are promising active elements of electronic biosensors.1Not only do they show high sensitivity to environmental changes, such materials can be printed onto plastic substrates.   One challenge for these devices is to achieve selectivity as well as […]

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Get it out!

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The 10th MacDiarmid Student and Postdoc Symposium will be held at the University of Auckland on 24-25 November 2014. This year’s symposium is about how our science can fit into the commercial world and focusses on different aspects of the early stages of the commercialization process. There will be a number of informative talks as […]

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Intrinsic Electron Quantum Well States in Solids

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We have measured a set of unusual electron states in the conduction band of this material.  The states are observed for a relatively narrow range of photon excitation energies and electron momenta, they are located only near the Fermi level, EF, and they are nested around the Brillouin zone center.  The states are associated with […]

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Communications Survey

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As you will now know, The MacDiarmid Institute has been given the vote of confidence and the funding to continue for another six years. This issue outlines the new directions our science will take and profiles some of the researchers at the forefront of our research. We consider our new funding not only a vote […]

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Secret Life of Inorganic Polymers

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Inorganic polymers, also called geopolymers, are being increasingly used as ecologically-friendly substitutes for Portland cement, in waste remediation applications and as fireproof building materials. However, interesting aspects of their chemistry enables other functionalities to be built into them, opening up a range of less-well known possibilities. These include electronic composites with carbon nanotubes, photoactive composites […]

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Entries open for science prizes

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Entries are now open for the 2014 Prime Minister’s science prizes, which will award a total of one million dollars in prize money to some of New Zealand’s top scientists and researchers.  A total of five prizes are presented each year, with the aim of highlighting how science underpins innovation and helps to build a more competitive […]

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The soft x-ray “RIXS map”

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Dr Clemens Heske ANKA Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation (IPS), and Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Resonant Inelastic soft X-ray Scattering (RIXS) combines the power of soft x-ray emission and absorption spectroscopy to derive insights […]

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Critical Currents in Superconductors

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Upon discovering superconductivity in 1911 Kamerlingh Onnes almost immediately grasped that superconductors could lead to high field magnets in a way that could not be achieved by metallic conductors. The reason being that the lossless transport of current would not require the removal of large amounts of heat from a coil. What Onnes couldn’t anticipate […]

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A Place To Live

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A PLACE TO LIVE   Following the exciting and groundbreaking 2012 Transit of Venus Forum in Gisborne, the MacDiarmid Institute and Victoria University of Wellington, in association with the Royal Society of NZ and Wanganui District Council, are hosting a national conference to continue the drive to make New Zealand – all of New Zealand […]

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Amyloid nanofibrils

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Biological nanomaterials such as self-assembled amyloid nanofibrils have the potential of making an enormous impact in future technologies because of the many advantages they provide as a protein nanomaterial, such as inexpensiveness, ease in production and high surface-to-volume ratios. Using biochemical and nanotechnological tools we have investigated their properties, showing additional benefits that make amyloid […]

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Organic Photovoltaics

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Ultrafast Probes of Free Charge Generation in Organic Photovoltaics We have developed a series of time-resolved optical spectroscopy experiments that resolve different properties of bound and free charges, including the characteristic length scales associated with the key branching step. Using ultrafast photoluminescence spectroscopy, we resolve emission from hot excitons prior to energetic relaxation. Ultrafast annihilation […]

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Rheo-NMR and complex fluids: “rapid” velocimetry

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On top of them both, we use these aspects and throw in motion-sensitive tricks of the trade to measure velocities and diffusion in complex fluids undergoing deformational flows. Historically, the “Rheo-NMR” (Greek /rheos/: flow) lab has explored one particularly fascinating shearing flow scenario, a set of fluid structures known as “worm-like micelles”.  Such structures resemble 1-D […]

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Bioengineering of cells

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Bacteria are capable to produce a vast diversity of biopolymers comprising polyesters, polysaccharides, polyanhydrides and polyamides. Bioengineering of bacterial cells for the production of functional materials Advances in understanding of metabolic pathways and the molecular mechanisms of polymer synthesis will increasingly inform bioengineering of bacterial cells towards the production of novel and functional biopolymer-based materials. […]

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AulanaTM and NgaPureTM

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Novel Nanogold Coloured and Antimicrobial Silver Woollen Textiles: The Journey of Discovery, the Nanoscience and Pathway to Commercialisation A talk by Professor Jim JohnstonMacDiarmid Institute of Advanced Materials and NanotechnologySchool of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Victoria University of WellingtonNoble Bond Ltd The chemical affinity of gold and silver for sulfur and nitrogen provided the opportunity […]

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Spread the Word

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Registration is closed for the 9th Student and Postdoc Symposium. This year’s symposium “Spread the word!” is about communicating our science.  We will cover science communication to a number of various audiences, using a range of presentation formats.  If you have ever wondered about how to get published, take good photos, design better posters or […]

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Welcome to Game Day!

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  Today sees New Zealanders around the country, and around the world logging in from their homes, schools, workplaces and public playing hubs to play help shape the future by playing Pounamu. If you have pre-registered to Play Pounamu you can log in from 12noon NZST. To log in with a pre-registered player name go to the […]

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Photovoltaic Devices

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In the last two years we have witness for the first time significant drop in the cost of photovoltaic devices to less than $1/Wp with cumulative installations rises to 102GW in 2012 and an estimated worldwide revenue of $134 billion by 2020. This was the result of years of intensive research into lowering the cost […]

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Commercialisation Symposium

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As they develop a deeper understanding in their subject area, new opportunities for research materialise. Real value to society comes when research is transferred from the lab to the outside world. The enquiring minds of scientists are responsible for the environment in which we now live and will live as research is transferred into impact […]

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Product Development Seminar

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Developing innovative new products and services is critical to driving your company’s revenue growth and increasing competitive advantage. But product development is often a complex and high risk exercise. How do you know your idea is worth pursuing? How do you go about developing succssful products? How do you reduce your risks? Improve your chances […]

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Science in 2023

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            Click the icons below to learn more…   Making A Living How can New Zealand use science and technology to build an innovation based economy?  Collaboration & Connectivity How will we communicate in 2023? Who will we work with?   Health & Wellbeing What advances can science make to […]

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Playing Hubs

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    Playing Hubs   Our sincere thanks to the following organisations who provided public playing hubs for their communities. Wellington                 Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa 55 Cable Street Wellington, New Zealand Pounamu Hub will be on Level 4 Te Papa are also hosted “Hard Science, […]

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Who Watches Over You?

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How will we stay safe? Who will be protect us? What will personal privacy look like in 2023?   Affordable Sensor Technology Everywhere We can currently produce sensors that can measure minute amounts of gases under a wide range of conditions. These are used for everything from monitoring pollution, to  helping improve traffic flows, to keeping fruit […]

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Treasuring Our Environment

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How do we look after what we have? How will you use science to help protect and sustain our environment.   From Trash To Treasure Today we are learning to use waste proteins (eg from abattoirs and fish waste) to make new nanostructures out of protein.  These structures have properties like spider silk – very strong […]

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Health and Wellbeing

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  What advances can science make to ensure a healthy future for all New Zealanders?   Sequencing An Individual’s Dna 10 years ago, it took $10 million and 1 year to sequence an individual’s DNA.  Now you can have your genome sequenced for $1000 in 1 day. In 2023 everyone could have their genome sequenced for $1 in […]

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Collaboration and Connectivity

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  How will we communicate in 2023? Who will we work with?     Smart Public Transport/Smart People Today we can share our calendars and locations with friends, track buses via GPS, and check the train timetable with smart phones. These technologies let us make use of public transport and our own time much more efficiently than […]

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Making A Living

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Making A Living How can New Zealand use science and technology to build an innovation based economy?       The future here today: Find out what Kiwis are already doing from New Zealand Aeroqual Aeroqual design and build high quality sensors to monitor air quality and to detect gases, even if they are only there in […]

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World Of Pounamu

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            Aotearoa New Zealand, 2023: The Facts   We demand 20% more energy Require 25% more water Consume 50% more food than we did in 2013 That’s because there are one billion more people on earth. The World in 2023 Fewer resources globally Because of the increased population, energy, water, food and […]

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Pounamu

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‘It’s 2023. With the new tools generated by science and technology, imagine the possibilities! How do we treasure and build on what we already have; our land, people, knowledge and connections – to create good health, sustainability, resilience and accessibility for all New Zealanders?’   WHAT IS POUNAMU?   Pounamu is a free, online game set in a […]

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Pounamu

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    ‘It’s 2023. With the new tools generated by science and technology, imagine the possibilities! How do we treasure and build on what we already have; our land, people, knowledge and connections – to create good health, sustainability, resilience and accessibility for all New Zealanders?’   WHAT IS POUNAMU?   Pounamu is a free, online game set […]

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When dots play dirty and nanowires play nice

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The transistor is now a very mature technology.  After 60+ years work, it has shrunk over a millionfold from a grenade-sized lump of Ge to the twenty-nanometre long transistors in today’s computers. The technology it enables has radically changed the way we live our lives. It has also brought some remarkable opportunities to discover new […]

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Venus: A Quest

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The astronomer in the story is Jeremiah Horrocks (1619–41). His observation of the transit of Venus across the sun in 1639 established the method of interplanetary measurement that prompted Cook’s scientific expedition to the Pacific in 1768. The ramifications for Aotearoa are well known, but the ramifications for the Horrocks family in 21st-century Auckland take […]

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Science Savvy 2023

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    The game is over, but the conversation is just starting – check out the blog for prize winners and read through the amazing blog posts that helped shape the conversation. Thank you to all our players! The full conversation will be available to download in CSV file shortly. Dion O’Neale from Callaghan Innovation has […]

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Commercialisation Workshop

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Interested in a wonderful opportunity to work in a team commercialising a bright idea? There is a wonderful opportunity for a limited number of MacDiarmid students to take part in a Master’s level commercialisation workshop during the second week of September.  Since last year’s workshop was such a success (http://macdiarmid.ac.nz/newsroom/news/surviving-the-dragons-den)  the Institute has decided to […]

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Cell Cultures/SERS

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Camille Artur, PhD studentSchool of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington Single-molecule SERS (Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy) detection of C60  Buckminster fullerene (C60) is one of the most iconic molecules of modern times and its physical, chemical, spectroscopic and environmental properties have been investigated to an impressive level of detail. Raman spectroscopy of […]

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From Surgery to Solar Energy

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Professor Cather Simpson, The Photon Factory, The University of Auckland At the Photon Factory, we use our short-pulsed lasers to accomplish many goals.  This talk will highlight two ongoing projects. The invention of the laser in 1960 was almost immediately followed by its development as a surgical cutting tool. The use of lasers in surgery […]

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Young Science Orators

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The Rotary Club of Wellington invites you to Eureka! to hear the finalists in the Sir Paul Callaghan Awards for Young Science Orators. During the afternoon our 12 finalists will each deliver an exciting proposition to change our country for the better as a result of scientific endeavour. Their efforts will be judged by a […]

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The Best 100

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PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS:  Help us help your colleagues by giving us your all- time best science experiment/investigation/observation.  The one that is easy, always works, uses simple, readily available equipment, and is a hit with the kids. All you have to do is briefly describe what you do and how you present it and explain it […]

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Miracle Materials…

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Miracle materials and mystery particles High-energy physics uses accelerators such as the Large Hadron Collider to study elementary particles in our universe. In contrast, materials science creates matter where unusual particles can live. Professor Zuelicke will discuss his research into exotic elementary particles that appear in semiconductors. He will show some of the counter-intuitive properties […]

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Gluckman Addresses Science Challenges

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The Government released its decisions regarding the National Science Challenges on 1 May 2013. This is a very important step forward in reshaping New Zealand’s public science system. Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, who chaired the panel that made recommendations to Government following the consultation exercise will present the Challenges […]

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Nanoparticles for radiation dosimetry

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Dr Grant Williams, Victoria University of Wellington Nanoparticles for radiation dosimetry and optical amplification We have been studying a range of nanoparticles for applications that include radiation dosimetry and optical amplification. This talk with provide an overview of our research into rare earth and transition metal doped AMgF3 (A=Na, K, Rb), CaF2, BaF2, LaF3, and […]

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The MacDiarmid Institute Sponsors NZAMT “Maths Quest” Competition

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The Royal Society of New Zealand has named 2013 The Year of Mathematics in New Zealand; it is also the International Year of The Mathematics of Planet Earth and the International Year Of Statistics. In celebration,  The New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers is holding a Maths Quest poster design competition for year 7-11 High School students. The MacDiarmid Institute is […]

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Ultraviolet Vision

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Dr Martin Allen, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Canterbury New Frontiers in Health and Technology Ultraviolet (UV) light is under increasing scrutiny for its health implications and technological opportunities. The ultraviolet climate in New Zealand is complex and its impact on our health is more subtle than previously thought – New Zealanders […]

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Splashes and Spheres: Micro, Meso and Nanofluidics

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With lab-on-a-chip technologies now becoming established, researchers are pushing beyond conventional microfluidics. We often have limited understanding of systems involving complex surfaces, dynamic phase line motion, submicron length scales, and combinations of these. Nanofluidics, the study and application of fluid flow in and around nanoscale structures, is a particularly topical field, combining microfluidics, nanoscience and […]

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Hoffmann – Public Lecture

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On the 13th February 2013, The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, in association with the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Auckland Museum Institute provided a special opportunity to hear Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann at a Public Lecture as part of the AMN-6 conference. Roald Hoffmann is a theoretical chemist and writer at […]

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National Library Exhibition

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What is Big Data? Big Data is the new National Library’s inaugural programme of exhibitions, seminars, and workshops. Humanity has developed powerful tools to sense and depict our planet – the creation and use of data. How do we use these tools to find sustainability? In the era of big data and rapid change, where […]

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Nano Art Exhibition

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  Download Poster as PDF This collection of incredible of images is already getting media attention: virtualanz.net/exhibiting-invisible-nanoscapes/  

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Callaghan Symposium – Listen online now

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  A two-day symposium celebrating the life and work of the late Professor Sir Paul Callaghan was held in Wellington on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 February 2013. Organised by Victoria University and the MacDiarmid Institute, the Professor Sir Paul Callaghan Symposium  provided participants with an insight into Sir Paul’s life and career, and highlighted […]

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Ferromagnetic semi- and super-conductors?

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Professor Joe Trodahl, Victoria University of Wellington It’s been six years since we published our first report in what has become a productive rare-earth nitride (REN) programme. That first report established that gadolinium nitride is an intrinsic ferromagnetic semiconductor, a very rare class of material. Since then we have grown thin films of now almost […]

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Intrinsic Unmanufacturability at the Nanoscale

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Professor Michael J Kelly, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge Manufacture is much more than fabrication.  It is fabrication to achieve a pre-specified device performance, with a high yield, to a tight tolerance, with a right first-time design capability.   I discuss many of the problems associated with manufacture at the nanoscale, and show that any […]

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Win! $2000 in prizes

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We are running a competition to find the best NZ images from nanotechnology research. There are $2000 in prizes, courtesy of the MacDiarmid Institute. The best images will be displayed at a special exhibition at the Gus Fisher Gallery in Auckland in February, in conjunction with the AMN6 conference. All NZ based researchers and research […]

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Fishing for Chloride in Salty Waters

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Fishing for Chloride in Salty Waters using Photoactive Polymers Chloride is an abundant ion that plays critical roles in human biology and chemical processes. For these reasons, mastering ways to manipulate its availability across many environments will have far-reaching consequences. We are focusing supramolecular chemistry onto this task by taking advantage of triazole-based receptors that […]

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Student and Post-Doc Symposium 2012

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This year’s theme is: Mind the gap: Future proofing your skillset REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED Posters All students and postdocs, who are not already presenting oral contributions, must present a poster. The poster should be A1 sized and clearly describe your research to your target audience. You may choose at least one of the following […]

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Gold, silver & copper

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Dr Doreen Mollenhauer, Industrial Research Limited Dr Nadia Grillet, University of Canterbury Dr Doreen MollenhauerIndustrial Research Limited Towards the understanding of the chemical environment effect on small gold-containing clusters Gold clusters and nanoparticles have attracted continuing attention due to interesting and important electronic, catalytic and optical properties [1,2]. The understanding of the effect of the […]

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NanoCamp 2013

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NanoCamp is a week long science camp sponsored by the MacDiarmid Institute delving into nanoscience and nanotechnology.  Students selected for this event will spend a week working with the University of Otago’s top scientists completing hands-on investigations into topics ranging from solar cells to electron microscopy and nanoparticles. Nanocamp is a week-long programme where Year […]

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Interested in Entering the “Dragon’s Den”?

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Or would you like to develop such skills using someone else’s intellectual property? There is a wonderful opportunity for a limited number of MacDiarmid students to take part in a Dragon’s Den competition during the second week of September.  If you would like to take part please send a copy of the reasons why (in […]

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Future of Clean Energy

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The Future of Solar Technology as Clean Energy Emerging new technologies and materials investigated in Japan aimed to increase the efficiency and to reduce the cost of solar power generation will also be reviewed. (1)     Overview          History, cultural background of Japanese solar cell research and industry. (2)     New Technologies          CPV: Concentrating Photovoltaics Technology. […]

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Economic Development from Research: Observations from High Tc Superconductivity

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Dr Bob Buckley, Industrial Research Limited There are significant challenges in translating R&D into economic outcomes in New Zealand as expected by government and private sector investors. Through the development of a range of HTS technologies and their subsequence commercialisation we have developed an approach which is working. I will talk about the journey we […]

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Resonant Raman Spectroscopy and Origins of Superconductivity

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Hide-and-seek games in resonant Raman spectroscopy Dr Baptiste AuguiéVictoria University of Wellington A persistent challenge in Raman spectroscopy has always been the characterisation of resonant dye molecules, where an overwhelming fluorescence often masks the weak Raman signals, with an intensity ratio that can reach as much as 5 orders of magnitude. A noise analysis performed […]

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UV radiation in New Zealand: implications for health

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Dr Richard McKenzie, Principal Scientist, NIWA The UV environment in New Zealand is compared with that in other locations, and the implications for human health of its large seasonal variability are discussed. High levels of UV in summer contribute to skin cancer risk, but low levels of UV in winter contribute to vitamin D deficiency […]

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