The Interface Industry Challenge is a new joint initiative conceived by the MacDiarmid Institute and the Dodd-Walls Centre, under which scientists from two Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) tackle real world problems faced by New Zealand companies. “We wanted to extend our partnerships with industry. Asking industry to set problems for the Dodd-Walls Centre and […]
Amanda Barnard, speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, works on how nanodiamonds may be used to control where and how much of a drug is administered within the human body. Link
680 secondary school students came along to hear and be inspired by David Leigh in Christchurch. An enthusiastic crowd of 200 people turned up to listen to Henry Snaith and Justin Hodgkiss at the Royal Society in Wanaka. Shotover Primary School kids loved having Albert Folch along, teaching science through soccer. The Women in Science […]
Director of the MacDiarmid Institute, Professor Thomas Nann, associate Professor Justin Hodgkiss, and post-doctoral fellow Dr Renee Goreham give an overview over the MacDiarmid Institute’s research activities. Link
David Leigh, plenary speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, builds machines that can work on the scale of DNA sized molecules. Link He also talked to RadioNZ about these ‘molecular machines’. Link Picture Source: University of Manchester
Dr Carla Meledandri, principal investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute at the University of Otago, has found a way to use charged antibacterial silver nanocomposite structures ‘to sterilise dentine prior to the placement of a dental restorative material’ (publication). Link
Superconductors already have various applications (electromagnets, digital circuits, particle detectors) but would be even more usefull if they operated at higher temperatures. They would be a revolution to power grids and how power is generated and distributed around the world. And they would make all other current applications cheaper and safer. Ben Mallett, research fellow at the University of […]
Rachel Segalman, speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, talks about the thermoelectric potential of polymers. Due to their inherent thermal conductivity, polymers might generate power through external heat gradients. The process also works in reverse so that they may be used as heaters or refrigerators, too. Link Picture source: Segelman Group Website
Professor Henry Snait, plenary speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, has a vision of how Perovskites shape the future of photovoltaic power generation. Link Professor Snait also spoke about Perovskites on RadioNZ. Link Rebecca Sutton and Jesse Allardice, former Victoria University of Wellington students and PhD students at Oxford and Cambridge, also talk about how Perovskites may replace […]
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
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 Picture Source: Wikipedia
12 of our Investigators were successful in MBIE 2016 Endeavour Round.
MacDiarmid Investigators are involved in both ‘Smart Ideas’ and ‘Research Programmes’.
Associate Professor Simpson, a Principal Investigator with the MacDiarmid Institute, won the Supreme Award at the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards on 30 June. She also won her section – the Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award. MacDiarmid Institute Director Professor Thomas Nann said the Institute was seeing dynamic and innovative research being translated into high commercial value. […]
Materials Science is Everywhere From the touchscreen on your mobile to the magnets in your laptop, materials science is everywhere. And MacDiarmid scientists have been nearly everywhere too – from dairy sheds to an angel investor forum and into classrooms. Read more in our Annual Report 2015 Or read our stories here: Out of the […]
Our team around Principal Investigator Sally Brooker, Associate Investigator Geoff Jameson and Emeritus Investigator Jeff Tallon took on the challange and investigated a first row transition metal complex upon their spin states under the influence of external stimuli such as pressure and temperature. When the ligand field in octahedral d4-d7 first row transition metal complexes […]