Alan MacDiarmid in 2004

  Alan MacDiarmid will attend the 4th APEC Ministers’ Meting on Regional Science Professor Alan MacDiarmid will visit New Zealand again in 2004. Last year he came to attend AMN-1, our International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, and to attend his investiture as a member of the Order of New Zealand. This year, Alan […]

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A Helping Hand from the MacDiarmid Institute

  During September 2003, Dr Jason Hindmarsh, a University of an Auckland Chemical Engineering graduate, left his Cambridge UK research laboratory to return to New Zealand for a two week tour of science research laboratories. The trip was sponsored by the MacDiarmid Institute in order to give this talented young Kiwi scientist the chance to […]

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Collaborating While Competing : The case for significant and sustained investment by the FRST

  The Foundation for Research, Science and Technology provides a major portion of the external grant funding enjoyed by MacDiarmid Institute researchers. At the establishment of the Institute in 2002, our combined university-based FRST grants totalled nearly $3 million per annum, while CRI-based principal investigators managed an even larger sum. In 2003, most of these […]

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Rheology in Pittsburg

  During October last year, MacDiarmid PhD student, Rosario López González had the opportunity to fly to Pennsylvania for The 75th Annual Meeting of the Society of Rheology† conference held in Pittsburgh. She gave her first oral presentation, part of a collaboration involving Professor Paul Callaghan (her supervisor), Professor Panos Photinos from the Southern Oregon […]

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New Marsden Grants for MacDiarmid Researchers

  Three research teams from the MacDiarmid Institute gained new three-year Marsden research grants in the 2003 round out of the 12 awarded by the Physical Sciences and Engineering panel. The projects were: “Sub-wavelength optics using surface plasmons” at $255,000 per annum and led by Associate Professor Richard Blaikie, and Dr Maan Alkaisi; “Inhomogeneity and […]

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Getting the Blues

  Listening to music in the car is a simple pleasure that many of us enjoy. However, especially on long journeys, it can often seem like a startlingly short amount of time before the CD ends and needs to be changed. The problem is that there is simply a limited amount of information that can be […]

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Canterbury Outreach

  The University of Canterbury Science Outreach Programme sends graduate students into secondary school classrooms to deliver presentations on topical issues in science and engineering. In 2003, the MacDiarmid Institute funded the Science Outreach Programme to provide presentations on Nanotechnology and Materials Science, and to develop hands-on activities for visiting students and teachers. The first […]

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Update on the Synchrotron Project

  For a facility that is scheduled to see first light in 2007, much seems to be happening right at the moment in the Australian synchrotron project. A number of milestones, critical decisions and documents have appeared since the report in the August 2003 issue of Interface. On both sides of the Tasman we are […]

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Institute Videoconference Seminars 2003

  28 March 2003Surface enhanced Raman scattering in single moleculeDr Pablo Etchegoin, The Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London Victoria, Canterbury, Otago, Massey, IRL (Lower Hutt) 11 April 2003Atomistic Materials ModellingDr Shaun Hendy, Industrial Research Ltd, Lower HuttVictoria, Canterbury, Otago, Massey, IRL (Lower Hutt) 21 May 2003Staff Meeting, Chaired by Prof Paul CallaghanVictoria, Canterbury, Otago, Massey, […]

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Singaporean Focus

  Over the past two years, the MacDiarmid Institute has hosted visits by the ambassadors of both The United States and Mexico. During 2003 both our Canterbury and Wellington laboratories were visited by Singaporean diplomats. They must have liked what they saw. On the 26th of November, the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee […]

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Glittering Prizes – Ken MacKenzie

    Associate Professor Ken MacKenzie is the 2003 recipient of The NZ Association of Scientists Shoreland Medal and Royal Society of New Zealand Hector Medal. Ken is a ceramics chemist who has specialized in solid state NMR techniques, featuring in our previous “Interface” following the publication of his book on solid state NMR, jointly […]

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There are still secrets to uncover : Update on the work of Professor David Officer

  The sun is the single biggest energy source in our solar system, firing almost 40,000 times as much power to the Earth than we use. With a growing population, providing energy to people will be one of the most pressing problems of the future – yet, an efficient and affordable use of solar energy […]

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Bright Lights Beckon for OLED Research : Looking at the future of OLEDs

  The bright lights of Las Vegas may get a little brighter thanks to some clever technology under development through a New Zealand collaboration of academic researchers and commercial interests. One New Zealand company, ScreenSign Arts , is already exporting $10 million in gaming machines, making use of the current generation of screen-printed, light- emitting […]

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Patent Battle Victory

  Two MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigators, Professor Jeff Tallon and Dr Bob Buckley, are part of a team which has won a 14 year international patent battle.A patent has finally been awarded by the US Patent Office for Industrial Research’s key high-temperature superconducting ceramic discovery. This material is the only substance being used commercially in […]

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