MacDiarmid Professor Shane Telfer helps easing life for asthmatics

Scientists hope to help asthma sufferers and others needing oxygen at home by developing ‘molecular sponges’ with nanoscale-sized pores to purify the air. There’s possibly nothing more frightening than struggling to take a breath. Something asthmatics and others with respiratory diseases know all too well. Many of these people depend on portable oxygen concentrators, small […]

Jenny Malmström on RadioNZ

Associate Investigator Jenny Malmstrom talks to RadioNZ about stem cells, implants and materials science. Read more


Women in Nanoscience

In the light of the MacDiarmid regional lecture series we gathered some pieces where women in Nanoscience tell their stories: Dr Carla Meledandri Professor Cather Simpson

AMN8: The Solar Revolution

Oxford Prof Henry Snaith and VUW Assoc Prof Justin Hodgkiss discuss ‘The Solar Revoluation’ to the Royal Society in Wanaka, February 2017

AMN8: Women in Nanoscience

Women in Nanoscience talk  about their lives and work at the AMN8 Women in Nanoscience panel, February 2017


Mapping our Spin-outs, and other stories – read our 2016 Annual Report

The MacDiarmid Institute 2016 Annual Report    0.1 Director’s report 0.2 Chair’s report 1.1 Materials to combat our changing climate 1.2 Tomorrow’s Computers 1.3 Every atom counts 1.4 Nanotech at the heart of medicine 1.5 Materials stars 1.6 Emeritus Investigators 2.1 Bridging the gap 2.2 Mapping our spin-outs 3.1 Extending our engagement – taking Kōrero […]


MacDiarmid Alumni News – start-ups, rocket launches and more

A new line of news articles that address the stories of MacDiarmid alumni is launched and can be found here or among the Newsroom categories above.   Picture Source: Nasa


Industry speed-dating – video and media coverage

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 […]

Nanodiamonds may replace common techniques to administer drugs

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. Read more

AMN8 Outreach

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 […]


TV clip – women nanoscientists at AMN8

Channel 39 clip features women nanoscientists at AMN8 – ‘Scientists flock to Queenstown for biggest conference in Southern Hemisphere’. Read more

Nanoparticles may be used as drug carriers within the human body

Silvia Giordani, speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, works on nanoparticles and their medical applications. Read more

The MacDiarmid Institute faciliates the New Zealand nano-revolution

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. Read more


AMN8: Molecular machines

David Leigh, plenary speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, builds machines that can work on the scale of DNA sized molecules. Read more He also talked to RadioNZ about these ‘molecular machines’. Read more       Here he works his magic on students from Burnside High School and other Christchurch schools.     Picture Source: University of […]


AMN8: From science to spinoff companies

Associate Professor Justin Hodgkiss shares his experiences in founding a company based on research that was conducted in his group. Read more


AMN8: Science for kids

During his visit of AMN8 Queenstown, Bioengineer Albert Folch tried to catch interest in science of local children. Read more Picture Source:

AMN8: Unfolding of proteins

Professor Colin Raston, speaker at AMN8 Queentown, talks about how the ‘Vortex Fluid Device’ may unfold proteins. Read more


AMN8: Silver nano particles in gel solution to fight tooth decay

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). Read more


Searching for high temperature superconductors

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 […]


AMN8: Conductive polymers may serve as power source

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. Read more Picture source: Segelman Group Website