AMN-4

  AMN-4 Advanced Materials and Nantechnology conference was held in February 2009 at The University of Otago in Dunedin. Professor Sally Brooker and Professor Keith Gordon headed the organising team. 331 delegates attended, of whom 181 were from New Zealand and 150 were interna­tional. The registration was very pleasing considering that travel to the southern […]

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Co-ordination Chemistry

  When it comes to efficient use of chemistry, nature is often a few steps ahead of science, but Annie Powell and her team at the University of Karlsruhe are usually not far behind. Professor Powell visited New Zealand earlier this year to catch up with some of her collaborators at the MacDiarmid Institute and […]

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Nanofabrication laboratory officially opened

Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee visited the MacDiarmid Institute at Canterbury on 10 June and opened the newly refur­bished nanofabrication laboratory. He was hosted by Institute Director, Richard Blaikie and met with members of Canterbury staff and MacDiarmid Principal Investigators. A highlight of the visit was a video-link to the Institute at Victoria. Richard Blaikie gave […]

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A Solar Sandwich

  It’s a fact that more energy, in the form of sunlight, strikes Earth in one hour than all of the energy consumed by humans in an entire year. So why not use it? With oil and gas supplies running out, energy demands expected to increase 50% by 2030 and the earth heating up, solar […]

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A Spirit of Collaboration

  In 2003, the MacDiarmid Institute was given a 10 million dollar grant from the Government’s education budget to spend on new equipment. It was a shower of rain after drought. Researchers finally had access to world class facilities and the Institute flourished. In four years the number of papers published more than tripled and […]

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Drawing a Model of the Future – in pencil

  Pick up a graphite pencil and draw something. It might not sound high-tech, but you´ve probably created a nano-scale material that is fascinating and puzzling some of the best minds on the planet. In amongst your doodling will be fine flakes of graphene — a single layer of carbon atoms that could lead to […]

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It’s All in the Name

  If you´re wondering why an agriculturally based country such as New Zealand should be very highly regarded around the world for its expertise in nanotechnology, there´s a clue in the name of the organisation at the forefront of this work – the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Kiwi Alan MacDiarmid received the […]

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The MacDiarmid Institute Challenge

  One of the many important issues discussed in Paul Callaghan’s “Wool to Weta: Transforming New Zealand’s Culture and Economy” is New Zealand’s declining productivity relative to other OECD countries. Economists sometimes refer to this decline in productivity as the New Zealand paradox: “The mystery is why a country that seems close to best practice […]

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Nanocamp at Massey University

A dozen senior high school students from around New Zealand converged on Massey University for the inaugural NanoCamp mid-January 2009. The event was funded by the MacDiarmid Institute, and a number of local PI’s and AI’s were involved. Shane Telfer marshalled the troops, and was joined by Bill Williams, Uli Zuelicke, Ashton Partridge, Mark Waterland […]

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Cells in action: a solution of two sciences

    John Evans, Principal Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute is based at the Centre for Neuroendocrinology, University of Otago, Christchurch. Recently I visited four departments in Scotland and England, deciphered assorted accents and presented two seminars on our cell manipulation and imaging studies. The visits included discussions with members of groups who were considering […]

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Not Easy Technologies

  Jim Metson is a MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator based at the University of Auckland. I am currently spending a short period of leave at the Hydro Aluminium Research Centre at the Herøya (literally hare island) Industrial Park in Porsgrunn, Norway. The Research Centre is part of a much wider centre which covered all of […]

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The MacDiarmid Discovery Awards 2009-10

  The pilot programme of the awards was held over a period from December 2008 to February 2009. Here are selected comments from the five participants in the pilot project: Being able to meet and talk to some of the world’s leading scientists and actually learn and know about some of the things they were […]

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Atamira in the City 2008

A team headed by Matthias Meyer with help from James “Elf” Eldridge, Ashton Lindsay, and Lina Schroeter took the MacDiarmid travelling roadshow to the Atamira event in Auckland 3-5 July. The event was a wonderful opportunity to showcase some amazing and exciting aspects of science and to transmit the fascination of being involved in scientific […]

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