Review of the Institute

  In June 2010 the MacDiarmid Institute was reviewed by an international panel. The panel started the review at Victoria University and went on to visit partner sites at Canterbury, Otago, Massey, IRL, GNS and principal investigators at Auckland.     The review panel from left, Prof Colin Raston, Western Australia, Dr Khiang Wee Lim, […]

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Asian Science Camp for senior secondary pupils 2010

Working in collaboration with the Maurice Wilkins Centre, the MacDiarmid Institute sponsored two pupils to attend the Asian Science Camp in 2010. The next camp will be held in Korea in 2011. In their own words: My week in India for the 2010 Asian Science Camp was amazing and definitely will be the highlight of […]

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Asia Nano Camp 2010

In October 2010,we had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the Asia Nanotech Camp (ANC) organized by Asia Nano Forum (ANF). ANF is a network organisation established in order to promote collaboration among scientists of the Asia Pacific region in the field of nanotechnology. It is now supported by 15 member countries across the Asia […]

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Symposium 2010

The annual Student/Post-Doc Symposium and Principal/Associate Investigator Meeting event is an opportunity for members of the Institute to exchange ideas, voice their opinions or concerns and to enjoy congenial company. There were 18 talks given by students and post-docs and 25 posters presented. Stefan Meyer won first prize for his talk and Laura Domigan won […]

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Understanding Metals

All chemical elements have specific properties, but just exactly how these properties are acquired is a challenging scientific question at the heart of Nicola Gaston’s research. A theoretical chemist at Industrial Research Ltd, Gaston was appointed as a Principal Investigator with the MacDiarmid Institute at the start of 2010, following two years of close collaborations […]

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The birth of MESA – MacDiarmid Emerging Scientists Association

  A new Emerging Scientists Group was formed at the Student and Post-Doc Symposium. MESA is committed to the development of MacDiarmid Institute students and postdocs through exposure to the Institute’s skills, knowledge and ideas. We hope to foster the talent of young scientists by encouraging interdisciplinary approaches and establishing new networks within the Institute and broader […]

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Changing Phase

Richard Bowles first met Shaun Hendy (now the Deputy Director of the MacDiarmid Institute) when they did a summer internship together at Industrial Research Limited in 1994. The two young scientists went their separate ways, doing very different things, but met again at a conference in Los Angeles not that long ago, and realised that […]

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An Alumnus Returns

Attending this year’s symposium was MacDiarmid graduate Simon Granville, who has been living in Lausanne, Switzerland for the past four years. He’s been there researching fundamental magnetism and spintronics for his post-doc at the École Polytechnique Fédérale deLausanne (EPFL). During his time there, his research has centred mainly on spin valves – magnetic nanostructures that have been developed […]

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Slip, Slop, Slap – Sense

Kiwi kids have grown up with the “slip, slop, slap” mantra of how to deal with the problems of exposure to the strong ultraviolet conditions of a New Zealand summer, and avoid the associated short-term sunburn and long-term melanoma risks. In future, slipping on a shirt, slopping on some sunscreen and slapping on a hat may […]

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A very good year!

  2010 Has proven to be exceptional in the recognition of so many of our valued researchers and associates. Congratulations! The Magnetic Resonance Innovation team, led by Paul Callaghan, was awarded the Prime Minister’s Science Prize. Professor Sir Paul Callaghan — • Elected an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand […]

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Room at the Bottom

  Dr Don Eigler, IBM Fellow and member of the MacDiarmid Institute International Advisory Board, is a pioneer in the art of nanotechnology. In September he visited Christchurch as a guest of the MacDiarmid Institute and gave a public talk entitled “Playing with Atoms” in The Great Hall at the Arts Centre. Eigler achieved fame […]

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Collaborating – a CoRE Issue

At first glance, there would seem to be little to connect a hi-tech nanotechnology-focused research centre with another concentrating on agri-foods, but look again.     Over the past three to four years, the MacDiarmid and the Riddet Institutes have worked together, sharing personnel and equipment to bring fundamental physical research on materials and structures […]

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Improving Effciency

When Justin Hodgkiss accepted his Fulbright fellowship from Alan MacDiarmid in 2001, he didn’t expect to join a research institute named in honour of the late Nobel laureate within less than a decade. In fact, he didn’t even expect to return to New Zealand, at least not as a scientist. “Back then,” he says, “I […]

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Going Two Places

In June this year, I visited collaborators at the Free University Berlin to explore a new project funded by a bilateral ISAT grant, working with Dr Dirk Andrae. As well as spending a productive few weeks working on the problem of how to calculate energy increments in knotted molecules, I was able to visit the […]

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