AMN-5 Wellington 2011

The 5th biennial conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology was held at the Wellington Convention Centre, (Michael Fowler Centre and the Wellington Town Hall) from 5 to 11 February 2011. This was a very successful event, with 508 attendees (including sponsors) representing 56 countries. The conference programme included three Keynote speakers (Nobel Laureate Professor Sir […]

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Blue Genes in California

  I have been lucky enough to spend three months at the IBM Almaden research centre in San Jose, California. Given that my area is computational physics, working at the company that makes supercomputers like the Blue Gene was pretty exciting. There are in fact three Blue Gene racks on site at Almaden, two L […]

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What to do with Chemistry

It was a sense of adventure that led Eva Weatherall to study science at university, rather than law like all her school friends, or medicine like her father. “I wanted to do something where I didn’t quite know where I was going to end up,” she said. Now, three and a half years later, the […]

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Research Amidst the Rumbles

  What do you do when your laboratory starts to shake around you? Assume it´s just another aftershock and try to ignore it? Dive under your desk and ride it out? Make a dash for the precious samples vital for your PhD research? On February 22nd, those sorts of choices confronted staff and students alike […]

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Chemistry Variety Show

  Fourteen-hundred senior science students from high schools all over the Wellington region attended the Chemistry Variety Show at the Michael Fowler Centre. The special event was part of celebrations for the International Year of Chemistry in 2011. The event featured a fashion parade and speakers; Professor Richard Blaikie (shown in the picture), Director of theMacDiarmid […]

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A Golden Opportunity

Chemists Kerstin Lucas and Fern Kelly – PhD apprentices to Professor Jim Johnston, a Principal Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute and master of the secret art of bonding gold and silver atoms to merino wool – linked up with Massey fashion students last year to imagine garments rendered in this luxurious product. Fern presented the […]

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A Culture of Commercialisation

In general, I see my role as being to facilitate commercialization activity in the Institute, and to build a culture of commercialisation.  I’m not going to be doing the commercialisation in the sense of starting companies and writing business plans but, hopefully, I can help put structures and networks in place to support people who want […]

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The Big Picture – Launch of the Year of Chemistry

“If I’d known he’d hang onto the letter I might have written it more carefully,” said Sir Richard. “You must always remember that students are smart!” The student in question was, of course, Professor Richard Blaikie, Director of the MacDiarmid Institute of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, and the correspondence was a response to various letters […]

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Hot off the Press

  Physics World May 2011. An article on “Artificial Retinas” by Richard Taylor was featured on the cover of the May issue of Physics World.  The article is based on joint work with Simon Brown at University of Canterbury, and a joint patent application that was recently filed.         Angewandte Chemie International […]

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Bright sparks at AMN-5 Conference

“Apart from the wonderful wine, food, company and climate, we all sometimes wonder why we bother coming to conferences on the other side of the world,” admits Sir Richard Friend, “given that we can read what we all publish on the Internet without even having to get as far as a library.” “Of course the reason is […]

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Pumps Go Quantum

  I feel really privileged to have been offered the opportunity to contribute to the theoretical description of possibly the first successful realisation of a quantum pump. An everyday fluid pump works according to the law of Newtonian mechanics and transfers a large number of molecules per cycle (of the order of 1023, that is one […]

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Art of Nanotechnology

  Just like the explorers of the past could only reference the strange and wonderful flora and fauna they saw in the New World to the familiar sights of home, so too, the explorers of the nanoworld reference what they see down electron microscopes or scanning tunnelling microscopes to the visible objects in the everyday world. A recent […]

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Obituary: Maysoon Mahdi Abbas

This obituary was written by Maysoon’s husband Maan Alkaisi (Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch); and daughters Sarah Alkaisi (Consultant Software Engineer), Marwa Alkaisi (Associate Project Engineer) and Mariam Alkaisi (University of Canterbury student, Environmental Science).  Maan is a Principal Investigator at the MacDiarmid Institute.  It was published in the New […]

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Nanosafety Q & A

  Dr Mary Ryan is Reader in Materials Science and Nanotechnology at Imperial College London and the London Centre for Nanotechnology. She was an invited plenary speaker at The MacDiarmid Institute’s Fifth International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (AMN-5), where she sat down to discuss her research into nanosafety with Dacia Herbulock. What are your thoughts […]

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New Company Registered

Synthodics Ltd was registered on 17 June 2011. This new spin-out company was formed to commercialise intellectual property arising from a research programme at Massey University led by Simon Hall. Since September 2009, Simon had been working withhis colleagues, Mark Waterland (MacDiarmid Institute Associate Investigator) and Gareth Rowlands, on some new concepts for use in […]

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