Professor Samulski goes to Washington DC

  Ed Samulski and Paul Callaghan first met some years before the MacDiarmid Institute was established, but this first encounter at a conference 15 years ago marked the beginnings of a prolific and stimulating collaboration. Professor Samulski, a Cary Boshamer Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has since become […]

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Green Light for Spectroscopy

Traffic lights, the sun, and semi-conductors. What’s the connection? Dr Roger Reeves at Canterbury University shines a light on the answer for Mike Bodnar… If all the bulbs in Japan’s traffic lights were replaced with light-emitting diodes, generating green, amber and red light, the country could shelve some of its future nuclear power proposals. That’s just one practical application […]

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Capturing the Cell

  Biological cells are the fundamental unit of life, and in many areas of biology and medicine it is essential to be able to study and manipulate them. Because of their tiny size, however, working with individual cells can be very challenging and so they are usually dealt with in very large numbers. But now, […]

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In the News – “Glass Transition of Polymer Films” – Pablo Etchegoin

Dr Pablo Etchegoin, a MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator based at Victoria University, had one of his papers “Glass transition of polymer films” selected by the prestigious Journal of Condensed Matter Physics as being among the most cited in 2004. The Top Papers 2004 Showcase highlighted the leading and most frequently downloaded papers.

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Future in their Sights

  On the 17th of May excited pupils from St Patricks College (Kilbirnie), Wellington High School and Wellington College, all participants in a secondary school technology promotion initiative, descended on Victoria’s Kelburn campus to hear Professor Paul Callaghan speak about “The Future of Science”. Professor Callaghan talked about the significant role played by New Zealand’s […]

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Rising to the Nanochallenge

  In November this year two MacDiarmid Institute scholarship students present their ground-breaking research into nanoscale imaging of cells to an  international panel of scientific and investment experts in Italy. At stake is a major prize, potential world fame, and maybe a medical breakthrough… With hospital dramas all the rage on TV these days we’ve […]

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A Cleaner Energy Source

  Amidst international discussions about how the world should adapt to and deal with global climate change, one of New Zealand’s leading material scientists is at the forefront of what could become the basis for a cleaner energy source and a new economy. Ian Brown, a research scientist at Industrial Research Ltd and one of the MacDiarmid Institute’s […]

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Simon Brown Takes Nano Cluster Devices to the International Stage

  The April issue of Semiconductor International, featured New Zealand technology on its front cover and in its lead article. Semiconductor International is the largest publication targeting the semiconductor industry worldwide, with a circulation of 50,000. The technology was developed by Dr Simon Brown a MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator based at the University of Canterbury whose work has […]

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Slip Slidin’ Away

  Hands up if you drove your car to work this morning. OK, so that’s most of us. In which case, whether we appreciate it or not, we’ve applied the scientific principle of viscosity, and will again when we hop in the car to go home. For the average Kiwi – and indeed the average […]

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Metamorphosis From Academic to Businessman

  At a time in life when most people start thinking about slowing down, David Beaglehole decided to reinvent himself as a businessman. After nearly 30 years as a professor of physics at Victoria University, he could have simply retired. But he had developed a range of instruments that could measure the thickness of interfaces and surfaces to […]

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AMN–2 International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotecnology

  The international conference, AMN-2, was an outstanding success. Held in scenic Queenstown in February 2005, the conference was attended by 354 participants, including two Nobel laureates, Prof Alan MacDiarmid and Prof Klaus von Klitzing. Participants came from Australia, North America, Asia, the UK and Europe with an approximate ratio of 2:1 international to New Zealand attendees. […]

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