From the Surface to the Scientific Melting Pot

  Jim Metson doesn’t have to dig deep to achieve big changes. As a professor of chemistry at the University of Auckland and a Principal Investigator for the MacDiarmid Institute he’s involved in several research projects exploring different materials. But his focus is always on the surface. “People have different ideas about what a surface is,” he says. “Physicists tend to view a surface […]

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IPENZ Pickering Lecture Tour 2006 – Nanotechnology

  Every year the Institution for Professional Engineers in New Zealand (IPENZ) hosts the Pickering Lecture Tour on a topic of current interest. In 2006 between 4 and 14 September the topic was Nanotechnology. The lectures were double-act performances combining Mike Treder, the director of the US-based Center for Responsible Nanotechnolgy (CRN), alongside a speaker from the MacDiarmid Institute. These speaking duties were split between Richard Blaikie, […]

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The Value of Science and Communicating that Message

  “Your country needs you,” exclaimed Paul Callaghan, the MacDiarmid Institute Director, opening the November 2007 symposium for MacDiarmid Institute students. They came together to consider the ethical issues and social impacts of science, as well as to be exposed to the challenges and opportunities for science communication and for commercialisation of science. “If not you, then who?” he asked, looking ahead to a New […]

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Outstanding Posters in the Second MacDiarmid Institute Student Symposium

  The November 2006 MacDiarmid student symposium was organised slightly differently this time. None of the speakers spoke of their respective research or the MacDiarmid Institute. Topics were chosen for their capability to give advice and information and it was the same of the poster session of the symposium. Rather than give a synopsis of their research the students […]

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New Board Members

  The MacDiarmid Institute is delighted to welcome three new members to our Board, and one new member to the International Advisory Board. Professor Shaun Coffey Professor Shaun Coffey, the new CEO of Industrial Research Ltd, joins our Board representing IRL. Shaun, who is adjunct professor at the University of Melbourne came to IRL from Australia’s […]

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When Nanoclusters Collide

  A team of MacDiarmid Institute researchers has achieved a rare double with new research results being published in two top international physics journals in November 2006. The results stem from a joint project looking at nanoclusters and their use in tiny electronic devices, and is part of work being undertaken by researchers at Industrial Research, Victoria […]

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Using the “weird” properties of quantum mechanics

In October 2006 in the world’s foremost scientific journal, Nature, scientists announced a technological advance in the field of cavity quantum electrodynamics (CQED) – the interactions of light and matter. In CQED, the matter is as small as a single atom, trapped by light as faint as a single photon, resonating back and forth inside a tiny cavity. Each resonator cavity, with its trapped […]

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