In this issue of Interface we meet two current Associate Investigators, Penny Brothers and Stuart Wimbush, and we also profile new MESA chair Harry Warring. We also throw the spotlight on a few of our Alumni at different stages of their careers, to highlight just how far and wide the “MacDiarmid Impact” reaches.

Table of contents

  • Penny Brothers: Exploring surface patterning
  • Stuart Wimbush: From materials to systems
  • Public Lecture Series: The Energy Revolution
  • Nick White: Inspiring alumnus
  • Harry Warring: Meet 2015’s MESA Chair
  • Luke Liu: Metal-Organic Frameworks
  • Matthew Cowan: Silver ions to the rescue!
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    13

    Penny Brothers: Exploring surface patterning

    Story by Kate Hannah Professor Penny Brothers is as proud and enthusiastic talking about her family as she is her science – her screensaver is a beautiful shot of her climbing Mt Aspiring with her son Tristan. She tells me, with some pleasure, that she’s delighted to be the incoming President of both the New […]

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    Jul
    13

    Stuart Wimbush: From materials to systems

    Story by Ruth Beran Commercialising high temperature superconductors is what the 25 scientists and engineers at the Robinson Research Institute (RRI) do best. Formerly part of IRL, and called the Superconductivity and Energy Team, the RRI is now part of Victoria University of Wellington. The Robinson Research Institute was named after the late Dr Bill […]

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    Jul
    10

    Public Lecture Series: The Energy Revolution

    The age of fossil fuels is coming to an end.  Global warming from their burning is undeniable.  But when will tomorrow begin? Will there be a long transition period, with a mish-mash of renewables while we learn to harness the sun’s energy efficiently, as plants have been doing for 3.5 billion years?  Is there even enough sunlight […]

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    10

    Nick White: Inspiring alumnus

    MacDiarmid Institute alumnus, Dr Nick White was born in the UK, but grew up in New Zealand.  He completed his BSc(Hons) at the University of Otago, and PhD at the University of Oxford.  From 2013–2015, Nick was a Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia.  He was appointed as a lecturer at […]

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    Jul
    10

    Harry Warring: Meet 2015’s MESA Chair

    Story by Emma Timewell Harry Warring, The new Chair of the MacDiarmid Emerging Research Association (MESA) likes spin. Spintronics to be precise – the use of an electron’s spin as well as its charge for the development of new materials. Materials used in electronics rely on the charge of electrons within the material, but the […]

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    10

    Luke Liu: Metal-Organic Frameworks

    Story by Emma Timewell Luke Liu builds molecular sponges—known as metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs, these molecular sponges have the potential to store and separate industrial compounds such as hydrogen, methane and carbon dioxide with high efficiency. The energy required to separate these compounds using current methods is high—for example, about a third of the power […]

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    Matthew Cowan: Silver ions to the rescue!

    Story by Margo White We’re often told that obliging industry to significantly reduce energy consumption and energy-related emissions would be bad for business and the economy. There may be some truth in that, but it also seems apparent that if there was the political and economic will, there would be the scientific ways. Consider, for […]

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