In this issue we meet some of the renowned plenary and keynote speakers who attended The MacDiarmid Institute’s seventh international Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology conference AMN-7, which took place in Nelson in February 2015. We also catch up with the team at Ngā Hononga Marae (Charitable) Trust Hononga Marae (Charitable) Trust to see how our partnership with them is progressing, and we hear from a primary school teacher who attended Dr Michelle Dickinson’s Nanogirl Live show as part of the Auckland Arts Festival.

Table of contents

  • Editorial By Professor Kate McGrath
  • Flax roots Whanganui partnership growing in all directions
  • Professor Laurens Molenkamp – Materials with a new spin
  • Professor Jeffrey Long – The beauty of chemistry
  • Jadranka Travas-Sejdic – Stretching new frontiers
  • Professor Pat Unwin – Living a life in flux
  • Professor Nicola Spaldin – Cosmic strings
  • Small Matters nanoart exhibition delights Nelson
  • Outreach – Institute Investigators visit Nelson College for Girls
  • Videos – Meet our scientists
  • Dr Michelle Dickinson – Nanogirl at the Auckland Arts Festival
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    Editorial By Professor Kate McGrath

    There is a lot I could focus on in this editorial; the enormous success of our 7th International conference, AMN7, thanks to the hard work of Shane Telfer and his team; the calibre of our speakers at the conference with topics from threads of electric charge to creating complex molecular architectures as MOFs; and the […]

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    Flax roots Whanganui partnership growing in all directions

    Story By Nicola Young In the first six months of the pioneering partnership between Ngā Hononga Marae (Charitable) Trust and the MacDiarmid Institute, many layers of change have happened already—and not just in the compost. The Trust, which aims to help Whanganui Māori develop sustainable, community-based ventures to provide local economic and employment opportunities, signed […]

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    Professor Laurens Molenkamp – Materials with a new spin

    Story by Ruth Beran When Professor Laurens Molenkamp discovered the quantum spin Hall effect, he knew he was onto something big. At the time he thought it was the type of discovery that an active researcher makes every ten years or so, and with his team, he decided to send it into a bigger journal—Science. […]

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    Professor Jeffrey Long – The beauty of chemistry

    Story by Veronika Meduna About a tenth of the energy we use globally goes into chemical separations—processes that strip a particular molecule from a gas or liquid. Much of that energy could be saved with a little help from synthetic chemistry. Jeffrey Long is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and […]

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    Jadranka Travas-Sejdic – Stretching new frontiers

    Story by Kate Hannah Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, face lit up, is explaining her work: “basically it comes down to opening new frontiers in developing simple electronic devices that will make our lives simpler and safer—exploiting enormous potentials of organic (polymer) electronics.” She is not only a Principal Investigator with the MacDiarmid Institute, but also Director of […]

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    Professor Pat Unwin – Living a life in flux

    Story by Vicki Hyde When Professor Pat Unwin talks about a state of flux, he’s not thinking of political uncertainty or economic turmoil or any of the other problems besetting our planet—he’s thinking about very, very small interactions in the equally complex nano-world. The UK Electrochemist has been focusing his sights on developing new ways […]

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    Professor Nicola Spaldin – Cosmic strings

    Story by MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator Shaun Hendy What do the origins of the early universe have to do with materials science? More than you might think, according to Nicola Spaldin and her colleagues at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. Spaldin has found an unusual material that mimics aspects of the way the universe might […]

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    Small Matters nanoart exhibition delights Nelson

    SMALL MATTERS – ART FROM THE WORLD OF NANOTECHNOLOGY Nelson Provincial Museum 9 February to 8 March 2015 Nelsonians had the opportunity to see an astonishing range of novel images from the world of nanotechnology at the Nelson Provincial Museum, in an exhibition mounted by the Institute in association with the AMN7 Conference. In a […]

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    Outreach – Institute Investigators visit Nelson College for Girls

    While in Nelson for AMN-7 the MacDiarmid Institute’s seventh international conference for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, three of the Institute’s Investigators visited Nelson College for Girls to share with the Year 12 and 13 students their passion and enthusiasm for science. Senior science students from Nelson College for Boys also attended the presentations.   Fibonacci [...]
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    Videos – Meet our scientists

    During AMN-7 the Science Media Centre “SAVVY Express” team offered our Investigators and students targeted 15 minute sessions to practice speaking about their research on-camera, with feedback and training from a professional interviewer. The result is a series of seventeen interesting 90 second videos all of which are now available to watch via SMC’s Youtube channel, or you can […]

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    Dr Michelle Dickinson – Nanogirl at the Auckland Arts Festival

    MacDiarmid Institute Associate Investigator Dr Michelle Dickinson performed as her alter ego “Nanogirl” in the Auckland Arts Festival as part of ‘Think Science Day”. We sent along a number of Auckland Primary School teachers who had participated in Kōrero with Scientists programme, and one of them, Kelsy Fletcher contributed the the following review. On Saturday 14th […]

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