Mar
22

AMN8 Queenstown: Women in Science panel

Three female nanoscientists discuss their lives and work at the ‘AMN8 Trio – Women in Science panel’ – a public engagement event held in Queenstown during AMN8 in February 2017. Link (opens new tab)

Mar
22

Coatings of nanopillars may double the speed of ships

MacDiarmid Institute International Science Advisory Board member Professor Thomas Schimmel spoke to Jesse Mulligan at RadioNZ about the Salvinia fern and how its properties might enable them to build ‘ships that will never get wet’. Link (opens new tab) Picture Source: Wikipedia

Vision Matauranga – Workshop at Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Village

MacDiarmid PI and GNS scientist Andreas Markwitz has organised an international workshop at Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Village focussing on ion beam analysis in commercial environments. GNS has been working with Rototua’s Whakarewarewa Village since 2014, using ion beam analysis to explore air quality issues and the implications of polluted air. Rotorua Daily Post

Aug
11

MacDiarmid Deputy Director Nicola Gaston talks with Kathryn Ryan about the science of stuff used to make things

MacDiarmid Deputy Director Nicola Gaston talks with Kathryn Ryan about the science of stuff used to make things Listen to the Podcast on RadioNZ  

Aug
11

MacDiarmid Investigators Cather Simpson and David Williams discuss how materials science is changing the way farmers analyse milk – Our Changing World

MacDiarmid Investigators Cather Simpson and David Williams discuss how materials science is changing the way farmers analyse milk – Our Changing World Listen to the Podcast on RadioNZ

Jun
02

Engender Technology wins in AgTech, World Cup Tech Challenge

The Directors of the two Centres of Research Excellence, the MacDiarmid Institute and the Dodd-Walls Centre, today both congratulated Associate Professor Cather Simpson on her company winning the AgTech section of the World Cup Tech Challenge in Silicon Valley.  Associate Professor Simpson is a Principal Investigator with both Centres of Research Excellence.  The Director of […]

May
24

Carla Meledandri shortlisted as a finalist in the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards 2016

Carla Meledandri, MacDiarmid Investigator finalist in KiwiNet Awards

May
24

Cather Simpson’s start-up company Engender Technology shortlisted for the World Cup Tech Challenge

New Zealand tech start-up company named as finalist for World Cup Tech Challenge led by MacDiarmid Institute and Dodd-Walls Centre Principal Investigator, 14 May 2016 Listen to the Cather’s interview with Kim Hill on Saturday Mornings at RadioNZ: Vote here The MacDiarmid Institute and Dodd-Walls Centre congratulated Associate Professor Cather Simpson, a Principal Investigator in […]

Feb
24

Building electronics atom by atom

Victoria University of Wellington has unveiled a unique piece of equipment used to make everyday electronics by layering atoms on top of each other very precisely. The research equipment—Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE)—creates solid materials by depositing atom by atom, and is the only system of its kind in New Zealand. Victoria’s School of Chemical and […]

Oct
12

Why nanotech is sexier than ever

Professor Thomas Nann recently took up his new post as director of New Zealand’s renowned MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. He answered these questions from the Herald. You recently arrived in Wellington following a tenure as director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility. Can you tell us about the kind of work that […]

Jul
13

Open source electric car

One of The MacDiarmid Institute’s postdoctoral fellows, Dr Stefan Andreas Meyer, talks to Radio New Zealand about his project to design and build an open source electric car, which he details at Blitz Conversions Limited. Radio New Zealand: Open source electric car interview

Jul
09

The bionic eye is here!

Kiwi brainpower behind the gift of sight.  Two Kiwi scientists, one being MacDiarmid alumnus Dr David Garrett, are helping to give a very special gift to the blind over in Australia. Bionic eye on TVNZ show Seven Sharp  

Jul
04

TV3: Chemistry show illuminates science behind light

A visiting chemistry teaching fellow from the University of Cambridge has brought his bag of tricks to New Zealand in a bid to show it’s more than just a flash in the pan. Dr Peter Wothers, who has an MBE for services to chemistry, is in the country with the Chemistry of Light Show filled […]

Jun
21

Podcast: People Behind The Science – Kate McGrath

People Behind the Science’s mission is to inspire current and future scientists, share the different paths to a successful career in science, educate the general population on what scientists do, and show the human side of science. In each episode, a different scientist will guides the listener through their journey by sharing their successes, failures, and […]

Jun
04

Professor Kate McGrath: Time for a change in funding research

This op-ed by The MacDiarmid Institute’s Director Professor Kate McGrath, originally appeared in The Dominion Post and The Press on Monday 1st June 2015.  Success rates of less than 10 percent for competitive government funding programmes are becoming commonplace in New Zealand. Sometimes these plummet as low as 5 percent. This is a matter of […]