TV clip – women nanoscientists at AMN8

Channel 39 clip features women nanoscientists at AMN8 – ‘Scientists flock to Queenstown for biggest conference in Southern Hemisphere’. Link (opens new tab)


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)


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


MI Investigators successful in MBIE Endeavour Round 2016 & Smart Ideas

12 of our Investigators were successful in MBIE 2016 Endeavour Round.

MacDiarmid Investigators are involved in both ‘Smart Ideas’ and ‘Research Programmes’. 


MacDiarmid scientists win at KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards

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 all around us – Annual Report 2015

  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 […]


Teamwork facilitates a detailed pressure-induced spin crossover study

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 […]


MacDiarmid students presenting at ICONN 2016

Bringing together New Zealand’s and Australian’s nanotechnology research, several members of our Institute presented at the International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2016, held in Canberra. Below is a small summary of Christoph Hasenöhrl, one of our Ph.D. students how he experienced the conference. “The MacDiarmid Institute gave me the unique opportunity to travel overseas […]


New 2016 Chair MESA

Shyamal Prasad is part of the Justin Hodgkiss group at Victoria University doing ultrafast laser spectroscopy. They focus on understanding how charges (electricity) is generation in next-generation photovoltaics. With this understanding he hopes to push solar energy production to its next level. His area of interest are organic photovoltaics, data analysis, and ultrafast (transient absorption) […]


Māori and Pasifika students discovering passion for science

A group of talented Māori and Pasifika pupils from around the country descended on Victoria University of Wellington last week to get a taste of tertiary-level science. From 18-22 January five secondary school pupils with an interest in science participated in the Discovery Awards, sponsored by the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. The […]


Happy campers at NanoCamp 2015

Fifteen of New Zealand’s brightest high school science pupils from across the country spent a week in Wellington getting an introduction to nanoscience and advanced materials during NanoCamp 2015. The annual camp, sponsored by the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and held for the sixth year, introduces year 12 and 13 pupils to […]


Pitch on a Peak – NZ tech investments

New Zealand hosted a major event in the technology investment world this month, with the Asian Business Angels Forum 2015 taking place in Queenstown (October 14-16). The forum drew over 150 angel investors from around the world. A centrepiece was ‘Pitch on a Peak’ – a showcase of NZ tech investment opportunities ranging from early […]


The Energy Revolution is happening now……

Watch THE ENERGY REVOLUTION by Justin Hodgkiss and Luke Liu and get an overview of the global and local energy situation. Learn about the rapid advances in solar and carbon capture technologies – the installed solar energy capacity worldwide is doubling every 22 months, but despite leading the science, New Zealand is a late adopter. […]


New Director for the MacDiarmid Institute

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is delighted to announce that Dr Thomas Nann has been appointed as the new Director of the Institute, and will start with us on 17th August. Along with this appointment, Thomas will also be Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, in the School of Chemical and Physical […]


International Recognition for Margaret Brimble

MacDiarmid Institute Associate Investigator Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble of the University of Auckland has been recognised with a global award for outstanding achievement in her field. Professor Brimble was named one of this year’s Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). Every second year IUPAC honours […]


Early career researchers to attend international workshop

  The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to be sponsoring three students attending the Australian Nanotechnology Network’s Nanotechnology Entrepreneurship Workshop for early career researchers at Griffiths University on the Gold Coast in June. The aim of this symposium is to provide a forum for early career researchers (ECRs) and postgraduate students working on nanotechnology research to […]


Opportunity: Alan MacDiarmid Professor and Director of The MacDiarmid Institute

Applications are now closed The MacDiarmid Institute is a Centre of Research Excellence hosted by Victoria University of Wellington.  We  are  seeking  an  individual  with  a  strong  passion  for  scientific  research  and  education and the  desire  to lead an institute  of high  national and international standing. The  successful  applicant    will    have    an    excellent    track    record    […]


A public talk with Dr Michelle Dickinson in Nelson

The MacDiarmid Institute, together with the Nelson Science Society, warmly invites you to a presentation by Dr Michelle Dickinson, aka Nanogirl, winner of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Communication Award.  Michelle is a member of the MacDiarmid Institute, which is holding this public talk in association with its biennial international conference, AMN-7 this year in […]



Nelson played host to 500 of the world’s leading scientists at the MacDiarmid Institute’s biennial international conference on nanotechnology, AMN-7 from 8-12 February.  Alongside the conference the public had a chance to see some of the astonishing work of our New Zealand scientists, through an exhibition of images from nanotechnology research. Nanotechnology is the science of […]


Institute welcomes new Board Chair, Dr Ray Thomson

2015 brings a changing of the guard for the Representative Governance Board of The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.  Departing Chair Dr Steve Thompson, who has held the position since 2010, shared his reflections on his time with the Institute; “We have taken the Insititute through its ‘teenage’ years where we evolved from […]