Materials for High Value Technologies
The landscape for New Zealand’s High Value Manufacturing (HVM) sector will be energised by research on new materials that create economic value, and provide solutions to social and environmental challenges. An embedded culture of driving innovation in materials science will produce the future human capital that will support the broadening of New Zealand’s economic foundation into high value technologies.
Overview and Summary of goals
The MacDiarmid Institute will direct our expertise to frontier research goals that also align with opportunities and needs within New Zealand’s high value
manufacturing sector. Our materials discovery programme on new optical, electronic, magnetic and superconducting materials will expand the range and number of New Zealand industries using advanced materials in products and services.
A spectrum of research goals is needed in the Materials for High Value Technologies science area. We have projects of fundamental research at the cutting edge of knowledge where our investigators are leading exponents and we have projects that are very close to realising prototype devices for commercial development. This range is necessary to ensure that a distribution of human capital capabilities is continued and that a conveyor belt of ideas from lab to industry is available.
- Objective 1: Nano-engineered surfaces for tailored electronic and optical properties
- Objective 2: New Frontiers in spin polarised & superconducting materials
- Objective 3: Modelling the behaviour of new and emergent materials.
Hand in hand with these experimental investigations into materials we have theoretical and modelling projects where the dreams of materials with unconventional excitations can be realised in Objective 3. It is very efficient and achievable to explore the parameter space of electronics and optics with computer based models. Questions about how the input nanoscale structure […]
Within Objective 2 materials that have technological applications in superconductivity and magnetism will be explored. Here a common theme is enhanced performance of a device through management of the spin of its constituent electrons. There are amazing new applications and significant performance enhancements to the digital logic of electronics, if only the up and down […]
Research in Objective 1 has the common theme that surfaces of materials have the power to harm or hinder the performance of an electronic system. Through understanding the causes we will be able to control the characteristics to find exciting new science or realise a commercial function. For example, we will use the interface between […]
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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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 […]
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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