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“In our minds what we have created is very real, and yet it is not tangible—you cannot hold it or show it to someone else—but you can describe it and share it; and in doing so, sometimes you have the capacity to generate something that is ultimately real. We have just been given the opportunity and resources to do exactly that. To take what is in our imagination and realise it in the form of scientific research that will deliver outcomes that will quite literally change the world.”

Director Kate McGrath

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Table of contents

  • Imagination is a curious thing
  • The MacDiarmid Institute’s New Direction
  • Bridging The Gap
  • Material Century Demands High Value Products
  • Energy For The Future
  • Desi Ramoo – Innovation Agent
  • The Inspiration of The Doctor
  • Brendan Darby – Power to the Students
  • Profile: Giang Dang – Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Profile: Pauline Calloch, PhD Student
  • Reviewing the Situation with Pablo Hernandez
  • Imagination is a curious thing

    In our minds what we have created is very real, and yet it is not tangible—you cannot hold it or show it to someone else—but you can describe it and share it; and in doing so, sometimes you have the capacity to generate something that is ultimately real. We have just been given the opportunity […]

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    The MacDiarmid Institute’s New Direction

      The MacDiarmid Institute was founded twelve years ago around a vision of doing science collaboratively. New Zealand may not have been as big or as well-resourced as other countries, but our size and culture of openness made it an ideal place to pull multidisciplinary groups together to tackle unique science challenges. Some of the […]

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    Bridging The Gap

    ‘Big, brave ideas’ inspired by biology are helping New Zealand advance towards a science-based economy.  Professor Juliet Gerrard is leading the MacDiarmid Institute’s work on Functional Nanostructures. The Director of the Biomolecular Interaction Centre at Canterbury University, she says it provides a bridge between the physical sciences for which the Institute is known and biology […]

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    Material Century Demands High Value Products

    The time has come to make money-making ventures a priority, and The MacDiarmid Institute has a number of projects which fit the bill.  The MacDiarmid Institute’s Science Leader of Materials for High Value Technologies, Roger Reeves, says New Zealand needs to focus on making things that are relatively specialised. “If we start making 10 million […]

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    Energy For The Future

    Work at the forefront of human understanding is possible when scientists across the country work together, says Keith Gordon. The University of Otago Professor of Chemistry is the MacDiarmid Institute’s Science Leader in the vital area of Materials for Energy Capture and Utilisation.  “There are a couple of things to think about with energy. First we […]

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    Desi Ramoo – Innovation Agent

    There are more than seventy MacDiarmid Institute researchers around the country, burrowing away at the frontiers of knowledge. Their fundamental research is uncovering secrets to bend the rules of modern life and shape our future. But when they are burrowing this deep, it can be easy to forget their reasons for starting in the first […]

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    The Inspiration of The Doctor

    We can thank the Third Doctor for Simon Granville’s career choices. Simon always thought that he’d like to be a diplomat or a scientist —but watching Jon Pertwee play about with interesting gadgets and technology on Doctor Who swung his decision in science’s favour.  The exhaustive Wikipedia entry for the Third Doctor describes him as […]

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    Brendan Darby – Power to the Students

    “I’m from Ireland. You can tell by the accent,” says Brendan Darby, Chair of the MacDiarmid Emerging Scientists Association (MESA). “I got into physics because I wanted to work on spacecrafts,” Brendan says. “During my university internship I got to help a company develop thermal protection layers for spacecrafts. After that I worked for an […]

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    Profile: Giang Dang – Postdoctoral Fellow

    MESA Chairperson Brendan Darby had a chat with a couple of students at different stages of their careers.  Meet postdocoral fellow, Giang Dang. Can you give a brief overview of your journey to New Zealand in science? I was born in Vietnam, and went to Russia to take my specialist degree, where the diploma is […]

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    Profile: Pauline Calloch, PhD Student

    MESA Chairperson Brendan Darby had a chat with a couple of students at different stages of their careers.  Meet PhD student Pauline Calloch Your area of expertise is refractories. Why did you decide to focus on refractories? When I went to engineering school in France I specialised in Industrial Ceramics. I studied most ceramics, cement, […]

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    Reviewing the Situation with Pablo Hernandez

    Breaking out of the relatively sheltered environment of academia and into the fast-paced life of a commercial startup can be a bit daunting, but the MacDiarmid Institute’s PhD intern Pablo Hernandez has taken it in his stride. Earlier this year Pablo shifted from the Biophysics and Soft Matter Group in Palmerston North to spend three […]

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