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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Nov
16

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 […]

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Sep
21

Electronic devices assembled by protein building blocks

Electronic devices assembled by protein building blocks Hodgkiss, Gerrard, Plank, et al Natural proteins have evolved amino acid sequences that adhere to each other with exceptional strength and specificity. In a highlight publication this month,1 a team of biologists, chemists, and physicists exploited such sequences to encode the assembly of electronic devices from hybrid materials. […]

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Aug
07

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. […]

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Oct
30

Detecting Oestrogen in the Environment

A team of researchers at Victoria University of Wellington have developed a novel sensor that can detect tiny amounts of the hormone oestrogen in environmental samples. Ken McNatty from the School of Biological Sciences is interested in ways of detecting environmental contaminants. “Currently we don’t have sensitive methods of detecting environmental contaminants, so my interest […]

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Jul
01

Bright future for solar ahead

Expect to see a solar PV panel on the north-facing surface of every building in the future. The rapidly falling cost of converting sunlight into electricity means it’s just a matter of time before solar power generation is part of the structure of new buildings. At the same time, the development of new photovoltaic materials […]

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May
16

MacDiarmid Institute Refunded: Thank you and congratulations

With the news that we have been successful in gaining funding through to the end of 2020 I get to be a bit self-indulgent this week and focus on thanking people for their participation and support during the past year or so as we developed the strategy for the bid. Many people have played very […]

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Feb
04

Nanocamp 2014 in Review

By Associate Professor Michele Governale From the 15th to the 17th of January SCPS hosted the 6th edition of Nanocamp, a week-long science camp sponsored by The MacDiarmid Institute for students starting their last year of high school in 2014. The selection process to be admitted to Nanocamp is extremely competitive, with the best science students in the country […]

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Dec
06

The Bid is Gone – YAY – let the doing begin!

Eight months of living and breathing the MacDiarmid Institute Centre of Research Excellence funding proposal to come down to a click of the mouse. Where were the trumpets, the marching band, the ticker tape parade?! Shouldn’t such a momentous occasion be marked with an explosion of lights and fanfare rather than the soft snoring sound […]

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Dec
16

Last thoughts for 2011

We have had a large number of successes this year, starting with Professor Sir Paul Callaghan (VUW) being named New Zealander of the Year which led straight into our biennial International conference.  This year the conference was held in Wellington and it was the largest of the five that we have held, bringing several hundred […]

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Identifying new design parameters for organic semiconductors using spectroscopy and computational chemistry (Hodgkiss, Gordon)

Our goal is to elucidate the molecular underpinnings of effective solar cell materials. We employ Raman spectroscopy coupled with computational chemistry to interrogate the electronic structure and optical behaviour of sensitizers for dye-sensitised solar cells. We are developing new ways to probe the dynamics and mechanism of photocurrent generation in polymer solar cells using sensitive ultrafast optical spectroscopy.   Our […]

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Oct
12

Justin Hodgkiss – Rutherford Fellowship

Justin Hodgkiss, one of our Principal Investigators was named as one of the 2011 recipients of the Rutherford Discovery Fellowships. Congratulations Justin. Ten researchers awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships Justin completed his undergraduate degree with a major in Chemistry at Otago University. The recipient of a Fulbright PhD Scholarship, Justin completed his PhD at MIT with […]

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