The Miniature World of Silicon Nanowhiskers

  In today’s modern society, rapid advances in technology are an everyday event, both in our day to day lives, and in industry. This reliance on high-tech equipment means there is a constant quest for electronic devices to be improved – to be made smaller, more portable, or more efficient. A large part of achieving […]

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Honour for MacDiarmid Institute International Board Member

  It is with great pleasure that the Institute reports that Professor Lynn Gladden, a member of the International Board of the MacDiarmid Institute, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. In the Society’s list of new fellows the citation reads, “She has revolutionized the thinking of chemical engineers by applying modern scientific […]

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Tips from sea urchins, paua and other master builders

  The search for new materials is an ongoing quest for science. Stronger, tougher, more durable and less heavy are just some of the desirable attributes scientists are looking for, and they are learning about these qualities from some of Nature’s own master builders. Just think about the strength of bones, says Kate McGrath, a […]

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Videoconference Seminars 2004

  20 February 2004 Molecular controlled electronic devices. It is all a matter of contacts? David Cahen, Materials and Interfaces Dept, Weizmann Inst. Science, Rehovoth, Israel 19 March 2004 Spintronics with New Magnets – Or No Magnets at All Ulrich Zuelicke, Institute of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University PN 461 16 April 2004 Perfect Lensing Lithography: Imaging the Near-Field. David Melville, PhD student […]

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Alan MacDiarmid in New Zealand

  Alan has made two recent trips to New Zealand during which has continued to raise the national profile of science. At the APEC Science Ministers meeting held in Christchurch during March, Alan gave a keynote address as the guest of honour of the forum. While in Christchurch he also took the opportunity to visit […]

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Queen’s Birthday Honours for the Chair of the MacDiarmid Board

  The warmest congratulations of the Institute are given to Professor Ian D. Watson, Chair of the Board of the MacDiarmid Institute who was honoured in the 2004 Queen’s Birthday Honours with a ONZM (Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit) for his contribution to education. Ian has been Chair of the MacDiarmid Board […]

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A Couple in San Diego

  A trip to the Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication Conference (EIPBN’04) took us to the shores of San Diego, USA, where claims of blistering weather and moreish cuisine were proved not far from the truth. The conference was held in the aged, but homely, Marriott Hotel. Upon arrival we were pleasantly surprised to […]

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Good news – all you need is one cell!

  One molecule can make the difference between healthy and sick tissue, but despite advances in molecular biology, tracking such minute quantities and changes remains a challenge. Add some physics, however, and it becomes feasible to meet it – and with the possibility of measuring concentrations as low as a few molecules comes the hope that […]

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MacDiarmid Science Goes Commercial

MacDiarmid scientists are motivated to research because of their passion for science. They spend their time in the pleasure of wondering about clusters of atoms, new chemical reaction pathways, the interaction of light with electrons, evanescent waves near surfaces and nuclear spin dynamics. But when that wondering and that science results in obvious utility, the pleasure […]

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Magic Really!

  Small is beautiful in electrical engineering. However, the challenge to make computer chips and electrical components increasingly tiny comes up against limitations from both the cost of manufacturing miniature devices and the physical properties of the materials used. Now a group led by Richard Blaikie, the deputy director of the MacDiarmidInstitute for Advanced Materials […]

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Awhina Outreach

  Awhina Outreach focused on Te Ropu Awhina Putaiao mentors supporting science and mathematics pupils in local low decile (1-2) secondary schools and promoting these subjects at senior school and university level. Mentoring was weekly, school-based (school hours) and fortnightly, campus-based (evenings and school holidays). All mentored pupils were poor and predominately Maori or Pacific. […]

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