Oct
18

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’. 

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Jun
05

Our new Emeritus Investigators

Quiet week this week, no controversy, think I did enough of that last time. This week it is time to shine the light on others. But first THANK YOU to the huge number of people I know and don’t know who contacted me and thanked me for speaking out on issues that they believe need […]

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Sep
05

Hi Ho Silver Lining

“Fusing gold and silver with wool sounds like something from the ancient Greek legend of Jason and the Golden Fleece. In twenty-first century New Zealand, it’s an idea that agri-science firm Noble Bond thinks has the potential to save New Zealand’s ailing wool industry.” Unlimited Magazine has published a significant story about Professor Jim Johnston […]

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Dec
16

Sector Pins Hopes on Golden Fleece

A golden yarn developed by Kiwi scientists and containing pure gold is expected to be sold to wealthy buyers of luxury carpets, rugs and furnishings.  Unlike the golden fleece in Greek mythology the yarn and completed woollen products will not have a golden colour at this stage. The Aulana-branded wool has been developed by Professor […]

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Advanced Natural Fibre and Polymer Hybrid Materials (Johnston, MacKenzie)

The work will involve the incorporation and binding of metal nanoparticles, notably Au, Ag, Pd and related compounds onto and into natural fibres to provide nano-functionalisation and to fabricate nano-structured surfaces. Achieving control of the particle size and shape, self assembly and the chemical bonding of the respective nanomaterials to the fibre substrate will be […]

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Nanostructured Materials for Applications in Catalysis (Golovko, Kemmitt, Brown(I), Johnston, Tilley, Telfer and others)

The chemical reactivity of the nano-structured catalysts will be explored with a focus on revealing structure-property relationships, particularly on how size, chemical composition and morphology of the nanoparticles affect their performance as catalysts. Their catalytic activity and selectivity will be investigated in relation to partial, selective oxidation under benign conditions, photocatalytic degradation of pollutants and […]

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Nov
29

Nano-particle Size Analyser, Zetasizer and Vibrating Blade Viscometer

About the Instrument: The nanoparticle size analyser and zetasizer measures particle size from 0.6 nanometres (about six to ten atoms in a row) up to 0.2 microns and the surface charge or zeta potential of any sized particle that can be suspended in liquid. Neatly contained in a compact unit, it is accurate, reliable and […]

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Jan
01

Jim Johnston awarded NZIC Prize for Applied and Industrial Chemistry

Congratulations to Jim Johnston, who has been awarded the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Prize for Excellence in Industrial and Applied Chemistry; a significant national honour awarded for meritorious achievement in the field of industrial or applied chemistry. Jim has built an impressive research platform in the development of new chemical process technology and new […]

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