Kate McGrath

Mar
24

Editorial By Professor Kate McGrath

There is a lot I could focus on in this editorial; the enormous success of our 7th International conference, AMN7, thanks to the hard work of Shane Telfer and his team; the calibre of our speakers at the conference with topics from threads of electric charge to creating complex molecular architectures as MOFs; and the […]

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Mar
24

Outreach – Institute Investigators visit Nelson College for Girls

While in Nelson for AMN-7 the MacDiarmid Institute’s seventh international conference for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, three of the Institute’s Investigators visited Nelson College for Girls to share with the Year 12 and 13 students their passion and enthusiasm for science. Senior science students from Nelson College for Boys also attended the presentations.   Fibonacci [...]
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Nov
27

Editorial: Inspiring, Influencing, Initiating

Professor Kate McGrath, Director of The MacDiarmid Institute The stories captured in this edition of Interface abound with people who are making a difference. People who are willing to take a leap of faith, whether that be by moving half way around the world to join the MacDiarmid Institute in order to explore opportunities for […]

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Nov
27

Women of Influence

The MacDiarmid Institute had four investigators placed as finalists in the Science and Innovation category of Westpac’s Women of Influence Awards for 2014.

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The MacDiarmid Institute’s New Direction

  The MacDiarmid Institute was founded twelve years ago around a vision of doing science collaboratively. New Zealand may not have been as big or as well-resourced as other countries, but our size and culture of openness made it an ideal place to pull multidisciplinary groups together to tackle unique science challenges. Some of the […]

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Imagination is a curious thing

In our minds what we have created is very real, and yet it is not tangible—you cannot hold it or show it to someone else—but you can describe it and share it; and in doing so, sometimes you have the capacity to generate something that is ultimately real. We have just been given the opportunity […]

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Kōrero with scientists

A scheme to make it possible for primary teachers to Kōrero  (converse) with scientists is being developed by The MacDiarmid Institute. In two-hour interactive workshops, teachers explore basic concepts (like magnets, light, acids and bases) with scientists as well as hearing about areas of specialist research. “Interacting with scientists is a rare experience for many teachers, but you see them getting […]

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Dec
03

Biominerals to bones

Anybody in need of joint replacement surgery will appreciate the options modern medicine provides, but if Kate McGrath has her way, future patients won’t require any screws or other metal parts in their new hips or knees. The director of the MacDiarmid Institute and her research team are borrowing ideas from nature to develop innovative […]

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Inspired by science

  In collaboration with educators from across the sector TheWaterGenie, a water management system that will allow households using rainwater tanks to better manage their use, has been working on a range of resources and projects that will further encourage an understanding of, and passion for science in the wider community.  THE LEARNING HUB on The MacDiarmid […]

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Portals into Other Worlds

  Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Hidden in six locations around New Zealand are over twenty portals into other worlds. Unlike Narnia or Middle Earth, these worlds are real, although you would have to shrink around a hundred million times to enter them. At this scale, an orange would loom the size of a […]

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The Power of Interface …

It’s no exaggeration, says Dr Evan Blackie, that reading an early copy of Interface about the MacDiarmid Institute and an inspirational foreword by Sir Paul Callaghan directly influenced his return to New Zealand from Japan, where he was having a working holiday, first as an ESOL teacher, then as a science editor. After graduating with a […]

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Cost Strategic Workshop: Principles and Development of Bio-Inspired Materials, April 2010, Vienna Austria

  COST is an intergovernmental European framework for international cooperation between nationally funded research activities. COST creates scientific networks and enables scientists to collaborate in a wide spectrum of activities in research and technology. New Zealand is a non-funded partner, as such New Zealand cannot initiate an action but it is able to join an action. […]

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Architecture of the very small

  An ancient cathedral that has taken hundreds of labourers and artisans  decades to build inspires awe in many of us, but we often remain oblivious to the elegant construction effort that goes on on a much smaller scale and with seemingly little effort. It literally happens by itself, mostly unnoticed. Molecular self-assembly is widespread […]

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Being a PhD Student in New Zealand

  Raoul Peltier, France What degree are you doing?A PhD in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Auckland, supervised by Professors David Williams and Margaret Brimble. What is your research about?Antifreeze glycoproteins found in Antarctic fishes inhibit the growth of tiny ice crystals at cold temperatures. This allows the fish to survive in […]

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The MacDiarmid Institute Discovery Awards

  The first five Discovery Awards pupils, Ben Jones, Kate Tartawhiti, Nikita Hunia, PJ Campbell and Jardin Rose, along with teachers and members of their families, were welcomed to the programme in December. Three of the pupils will be placed at the University of Canterbury and two at Victoria University of Wellington. These are pupils […]

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Kate and Conrad’s foray into grazing and reflection with Mike and Bridget

  While AMN-3 clearly had other impacts on me, the conference had major benefits in terms of advancing one particular area of my research. I was extraordinarily fortunate to have in the audience during the talk I was giving focused on the work of Conrad Lendrum, one of my past PhD students, Michael Toney. Mike hails from […]

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AMN-3

  The third international conference on advanced materials and nanotechnology — AMN-3 was held in Wellington 11 – 16 February 2007. Conference organisation was flawless in the dedicated and tireless hands of conference Chair, Kathryn McGrath. There was a remarkable increase in attendance at the conference by 170 compared to AMN-1 (2003) and 100 compared to AMN-2 (2005). That the attendance […]

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Tips from sea urchins, paua and other master builders

  The search for new materials is an ongoing quest for science. Stronger, tougher, more durable and less heavy are just some of the desirable attributes scientists are looking for, and they are learning about these qualities from some of Nature’s own master builders. Just think about the strength of bones, says Kate McGrath, a […]

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New Marsden Grants for MacDiarmid Researchers

  Three research teams from the MacDiarmid Institute gained new three-year Marsden research grants in the 2003 round out of the 12 awarded by the Physical Sciences and Engineering panel. The projects were: “Sub-wavelength optics using surface plasmons” at $255,000 per annum and led by Associate Professor Richard Blaikie, and Dr Maan Alkaisi; “Inhomogeneity and […]

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