Apr
27

Productivity Commission cites MacDiarmid Institute as key organisation contributing to low emissions materials and technologies

MacDiarmid Institute welcomes Productivity Commission Report on Low Emissions Economy MacDiarmid Deputy Director Dr Geoff Willmott today welcomed the Productivity Commission Report on Low Emissions Economy. The report notes the MacDiarmid Institute has research strength in this area. “We welcome the Commission’s call for more research into low-emissions research and development. The report correctly identifies […]

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May
08

Making a Splash on Superhydrophobic Surfaces

Dr Geoff Willmott from the Departments of Physics and Chemistry at The University of Auckland is using a Marsden Fund grant to study the asymmetry of drop splashes on extremely water-repellent superhydrophobic surfaces, to link structure to function, using high speed photography.   Read the full story at The Royal Society of New Zealand. 

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Dec
16

Izon

“Izon Science designs and manufactures precision instrumentation for nano- and micro-scale particle analysis. The instrument systems, the qNano and qViro-X, are now in use in a wide range of research institutes and universities around the world.” www.izon.com Izon Sciences has benefited greatly from MacDiarmid work addressing the mechanisms of particle transport through nanopores (research conducted by […]

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Transport in the Nanoworld

Understanding of nanofluidics has the potential to revolutionise the way in which particle sensing and analysis, and ultimately molecular biology, is done. We seek to manipulate transport of fluid and particles in and around micro- to nano-scale devices, individual pores and porous materials. We use elastomeric tunable nanopores to study a wide range of interesting […]

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Nov
22

MacDiarmid Investigators success with 2012 Rutherford Discovery Fellowships

Congratulations to MacDiarmid Principal Investigators, Dr Geoff Willmott (IRL) and Dr Martin Allen (CU), who have been awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships, two of only ten this year.  The Fellowships are designed to help develop their research careers in New Zealand and will provide financial support of $160,000 per annum to them over a five-year period.  […]

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Oct
24

Marsden Success

The Royal Society of New Zealand today announced the successfull Marsden Fund grants.  Amongst the 86 research projects were two significant projects belonging to MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigators Professor Richard Blaikie (University of Otago), and Dr Geoff Willmott (Industrial Research Limited), and another led by Associate Investigator Dr Aaron Marshall (University of Canterbury). Engineering optical […]

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Jun
29

Commitment and Collegiality

These plans will be the basis for a joint meeting between the Board and the Science Executive at the end of July. They define what we are doing now and what we intend to do, forming the basis for our rebidding proposal. The meeting was great and showed to me yet again how amazing the […]

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May
18

Building collaborations and partnerships and defining our future

The Forum is a partnership between the MacDiarmid Institute, Victoria University of Wellington, the Royal Society of New Zealand and Te Aitanga a Hauiti iwi and the East Coast community of Tolaga Bay. Sir Paul Callaghan conceived the idea of the Forum and drove it. He envisioned an event in which collectively we considered New […]

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Tunable Nanopores for Genomics and Diagnostics (Willmott, Partridge, Tallon, Etchegoin, Tilley)

This objective aims to develop applications for tunable nanopores in collaboration with Izon Science, a Christchurch nanotechnology startup.  A long-term goal is to achieve sequential detection of bases on RNA or DNA segments as they pass through a nanopore. To do this, tunable nanopores are being studied in combination with plasmonic noble metal particles and […]

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Nov
01

Microfluidic Devices with Dr Geoff Willmott

My research, as part of a team at Callaghan Innovation (CI), is focussed on methods of micro- and nanoscale ‘plumbing’ for a new generation of devices and processes. CI is committed to transferring commercial benefits to industry in New Zealand, and this kind of technology has many potential applications beyond diagnostics, including interrogation of single […]

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Jan
01

Minister visits the Institute

Minister for Research Science and Technology Dr Wayne Mapp visited the MacDiarmid Institute on 12 August. Presentations about the work of the Institute were followed by visits to laboratories. with Professor Sir Paul Callaghan in the NMR lab,  with Dr Geoff Willmott in the Raman Lab, with Professor of Nanotechnology, Pablo Etchegoin in Raman lab […]

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