Vision Matauranga – Workshop at Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Village

MacDiarmid PI and GNS scientist Andreas Markwitz has organised an international workshop at Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Village focussing on ion beam analysis in commercial environments. GNS has been working with Rototua’s Whakarewarewa Village since 2014, using ion beam analysis to explore air quality issues and the implications of polluted air. Rotorua Daily Post

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Aug
31

Peter Murmu talks about his experience with the MacDiarmid Institute

Dr Peter Murmu was an MSc student at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay when he was offered a PhD scholarship from GNS Science and Victoria University of Wellington. He says he was drawn to New Zealand in part because it was the birthplace of Ernest Rutherford. “I had heard about New Zealand before […]

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Jul
23

MacDiarmid Institute supports tech-transfer with new Internship

For most new companies, getting the right staff on board is important.  For high-tech start-up companies, it is vital. The smooth transfer of technology from a research institution can be a challenge for a new company. This was a problem facing Hi-Aspect, a new MacDiarmid start-up that had developed protein-based nanomaterial for use in skincare […]

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Jul
05

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. […]

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Jul
05

MacDiarmid and Dodd-Walls Investigator wins KiwiNet Supreme Award

The Directors of the two Centres of Research Excellence, the MacDiarmid Institute and the Dodd-Walls Centre, today both congratulated Associate Professor Cather Simpson on winning the Supreme Award at the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards last night. Associate Professor Simpson is a Principal Investigator with both Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs).  She also won her section […]

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Jul
05

MacDiarmid Investigator wins at KiwiNet Awards

The Director of the MacDiarmid Institute today congratulated MacDiarmid Principal Investigator Dr Carla Meledandri on winning the ‘Norman F. Barry Trust Emerging Innovator Award’ at the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards 2016 last night. The KiwiNet ‘Norman F. Barry Trust Emerging Innovator Award’ recognises an entrepreneurial researcher who has made outstanding contributions to business innovation or […]

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Jun
09

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 […]

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Jan
28

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 […]

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Jan
27

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 […]

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Dec
18

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 […]

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Dec
08

A Place to Live, Whanganui 2014

In November 2014 The MacDiarmid Institute and Victoria University of Wellington hosted A Place to Live – a national forum held in Whanganui, building on themes from the 2012 Transit of Venus Forum. The forum we discussed improving the environments and economies of our regions and smaller centres, places which offer wonderful lifestyles and also contribute significantly to national […]

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Nov
30

Women of Influence Recognised

Four MacDiarmind Institute Investigators; Margaret Brimble, Michelle Dickinson, Nicola Gaston and Kathryn McGrath were shortlisted in the Fairfax Media and Westpac Women of Excellence Awards. The Women of Influence Awards identify the bold, energetic women who are helping shape New Zealand and its future across eight categories. They acknowledge women who are having an impact well beyond their […]

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Energy Objective 2: Sustainability

The development of metal-organic frameworks will allow us to create new materials capable of gas storage and remediation; this major international challenge will lead to high impact science and leading edge training. The 6 year science specific high-level impacts for this objective are: A platform of porous materials capable of storing methane, purifying natural gas […]

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Energy Objective 1: Solar Photovoltaics

The understanding of photovoltaics combined with the development of new materials and realisation of new fabrication technologies will allow us to contribute to this major international challenge and provide high impact results and leading edge training for our graduate students. The 6 year science specific high-level impacts for this objective are: New printable organic, quantum […]

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Objective 3: Modelling the behaviour of new and emergent materials.

Hand in hand with these experimental investigations into materials we have theoretical and modelling projects where the dreams of materials with unconventional excitations can be realised in Objective 3. It is very efficient and achievable to explore the parameter space of electronics and optics with computer based models. Questions about how the input nanoscale structure […]

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Objective 2: New Frontiers in spin polarised & superconducting materials

Within Objective 2 materials that have technological applications in superconductivity and magnetism will be explored. Here a common theme is enhanced performance of a device through management of the spin of its constituent electrons. There are amazing new applications and significant performance enhancements to the digital logic of electronics, if only the up and down […]

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Objective 1: Nano-engineered surfaces for tailored electronic and optical properties

Research in Objective 1 has the common theme that surfaces of materials have the power to harm or hinder the performance of an electronic system. Through understanding the causes we will be able to control the characteristics to find exciting new science or realise a commercial function. For example, we will use the interface between […]

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Objective 2: Tools for the Nanoscale

“Tools for the Nanoscale” is concerned with developing a set of novel tools and measurement platforms specifically to explore the mechanical properties of soft interfaces and how these translate into response and control of living cells. The tools will be used to explore the properties of the structures we make and to provide design data […]

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Objective 1: Synthesis and Assembly

The first objective in our Functional nanostructures science area “Synthesis and Assembly”, is directed at making the basic functional units then assembling these into the hierarchically-organised multi-functional product. This objective requires research on the assembly of macromolecules, both natural and synthetic, and the way in which such assemblies can organise smaller molecules that carry the […]

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Nov
10

Tomorrows Electronic Devices

Materials Century Demands High Value Products – an introduction to Materials for High Value Technologies with Science Leader Professor Roger Reeves. The landscape for New Zealand’s High Value Manufacturing (HVM) sector will be energised by research on new materials that create economic value, and provide solutions to social and environmental challenges. An embedded culture of […]

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Nov
10

Materials for Energy Capture and Utilisation

Energy for the future – an introduction to Materials for energy capture and utilisation with Science Leader Professor Keith Gordon. New technologies specifically targeted to solar energy capture and new materials that will move us towards realising a sustainable future will be in development. Overview and Summary of Goals Materials technology for energy harvesting and […]

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Nov
10

Functional Nanostructures

Bridging the gap – an introduction to Functional nanostructures, with Science Leader Professor Juliet Gerrard. Materials, with designs inspired by, or manufactured using, biology will be created and used in, for example, photovoltaic materials, medicine, medical technologies, diagnostics, bioseparations, sensors and drug delivery. Creation of these new functional nanostructured materials with their enhanced capabilities will […]

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Oct
06

The Best 100 Science Experiments – Round 2!

Children need to engage with science as early as possible; the more science the better, for them and society. “Presenting science in ways that give students the same sense of excitement and challenge that motivates grown-up scientists is important” says The MacDiarmid Institute’s Deputy Director Stakeholder Engagement Professor Alison Downard, “that’s the thinking behind our […]

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Oct
04

Trust and Science Institute Join Forces

A Whanganui charitable trust has signed a partnership with a top New Zealand research institute which it hopes will produce more Maori scientists. Nga Hononga Marae Trust has signed a memorandum of understanding with The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. The manager of the trust said the two organisations will undertake community-based science […]

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Sep
30

It’s getting easier to be green

Organised by Victoria University and the MacDiarmid Institute, the A Place to Live conference honours the memory of Whanganui’s Sir Paul Callaghan, the 2011 New Zealander of the Year, focusing on the economies and environments of small towns and regions. Source: The Wanganui Chronicle Story by Nicola Young. It’s getting easier to be green

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Sep
25

Partnership will strengthen Māori innovation and capability

Partnership will strengthen Māori innovation and capability A memorandum of understanding was signed in Whanganui on Thursday September 24 2014, between The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and Ngā Hononga Marae (Charitable) Trust. Together, the two organisations will undertake community-based science programmes to develop learning opportunities for young Māori, while also indentifying and […]

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Images of Nanotechnology Competition

Entries are now open for the third Images of Nanotechnology Competition to find the best NZ images from nanotechnology research. An exhibition of selected images will be held in Nelson in February, in conjunction with the AMN7 conference and $2000 in prizes will be awarded, courtesy of the MacDiarmid Institute. Up to three entries can […]

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Sep
05

Women of Influence Profiled

Four MacDiarmind Institute Investigators; Margaret Brimble, Michelle Dickinson, Nicola Gaston and Kathryn McGrath have been shortlisted in the Fairfax Media and Westpac Women of Excellence Awards. The Innovation and Science category recognises women who are driving innovation within a business, workplace or community, through their work in the sciences, medicine, academia, IT and biotechnology, finance, engineering or in organisational design and management.    Source: […]

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Aug
06

A better understanding of graphene

Story By Ruth Beran “We make power bits run around in dark stuff” was the title of Chun Y Cheah’s winning entry in the Up-Goer Five Challenge* held at The MacDiarmid Institute’s ninth student and postdoc symposium held in November 2013. He was describing his research using only words from a list of the ten hundred […]

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Jul
03

Dickinson & Branson Talk Sustainablilty

The MacDiarmid Institute’s Michelle Dickinson went on a whirlwind trip to Necker Island to join Richard Branson and other great minds from the worlds of business and science.  During the week-long networking event, sustainable solutions for growth using kiwi science and technology were discussed. Read more on NZ Herald     Watch Michelle talk about her experience […]

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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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May
08

Millions in funding for new CoREs of learning

The Tertiary Education Commission has today revealed the six Centres of Research Excellence (CoRES) which will get access to millions of dollars in funding. The CoREs fund – established in 2001 to encourage the development of excellent tertiary education-based research – provides operating expenditure of just under $210 million over six years, with funding beginning […]

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May
08

Funding confirmed for new CoREs

The Tertiary Education Commission has revealed the six Centres of Research Excellence, including The MacDiarmid Institute. The Tertiary Education Commission has revealed the six Centres of Research Excellence, including The MacDiarmid Institute, which will get access to millions of dollars in funding. “Our focus is on delivering excellent research and education, inspiring New Zealanders, training New […]

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May
08

Continued funding an endorsement of vision

Continued funding of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Material and Nanotechnology, hosted by Victoria University of Wellington, is confirmation of the contribution the Institute is making to New Zealand’s economic future says Director, Professor Kate McGrath. The Institute is one of six Centres for Research Excellence (COREs) which the Tertiary Education Commission today announced will […]

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May
02

Dickinson a “STEM superstar”

PBS (America) has profiled MacDiarmid Institute Associate Investigator Dr Michelle Dickinson as one of the “best and brightest” STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) superstars. “Knowing that what you do can make a difference to the world’s future and you can help to solve big issues is one of the more humbling aspects of STEM, and it […]

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May
02

Experiment: Cricket Stump Pulleys

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Cricket Stump Pulleys Target Age Group: Years 5-8 Curriculum area: Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Paul Buckton from Wairau Valley Special School        

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May
02

Experiment: Borax Snowflakes

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Borax Snowflakes What are crystals? How do they grow? Target Age Group: Years 5-6 Curriculum area: Nature of Science/Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Tracey McKinlay-Smith from St Mary’s School, Hastings.

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May
02

The Best 100 Science Experiments

The MacDiarmid Institute in conjunction with (what was previously) The New Zealand Teachers Council and NZEI Te Riu Roa run regularly scheduled competitions to find the The Best 100 Science Experiments for Kiwi classrooms. Primary School teachers from around the country entered their experiments, with the chance of winning a place in this “Experiment Bank”. Here you will find resources for teachers […]

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May
02

Experiment: What is Air Pressure?

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: What is Air Pressure? How do planes (or kites) fly? Target Age Group: Years 0-5 Curriculum area: Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Chris Stuart, a relief teacher.

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May
02

Experiment: Sandwich Bag Magic

<< Back to The Best 100   Experiment Name: Sandwich Bag Magic A really exciting experiment introducing the concepts of exothermic and endothermic reactions. Target Age Group: Years 5-8 Curriculum area: Nature of Science/Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Alyson Aislabie from Chelsea Primary School      

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Apr
28

Experiment: Leaping Canisters

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Leaping Canisters What happens when a gas gets trapped? Target Age Group: Years 7-8 Curriculum area: Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Debi Tazi-Cordtz from Balmacewen Intermediate School

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Apr
28

Experiment: Oobleck

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Oobleck Once you’ve made your non-newtonian fluid, make it dance! Target Age Group: All ages Curriculum area: Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Karen Hallahan from Porirua School

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Apr
28

Experiment: Straw Flutes

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Straw Flutes An introduction to vibrations and how sound is made Target Age Group: Years 3-6 Curriculum area: Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Roger Pooley  

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Apr
28

Experiment: Oobleck Boogie

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Oobleck Boogie This is a very fun extension of the Oobleck experiment. Target Age Group: Years 1-5 Curriculum area: Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Greta Dromgool from Berkley Normal Middle School

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Apr
28

Experiment: Rainbow Milk

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Rainbow Milk Why do we use soap? What does it do to dirt and oil on our hands? A very exciting experiment! Target Age Group: Years 1-8 Curriculum area: Physical World/Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Sarah Gibbs from Waihope School. […]

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Apr
28

Experiment: Separation Of Substances

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Separating Substances An interactive experiment that let’s students use their investigative skills and lots of different scientific methods to solve a problem Target Age Group: Years 7-8 Curriculum area: Physical World/Material World/Nature of Science Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Ed Dainty from […]

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Apr
28

Experiment: Elephant Toothpaste

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Elephant’s Toothpaste This experiment creates an exothermic reaction – that means it not only creates foam it creates heat! Target Age Group: Year’s 7-8 Curriculum area: Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Kerri Guard from Hawera Intermediate School 

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Apr
28

Experiment: Ice Babies

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Ice Babies Target Age Group: Years 3-8 Curriculum area: Material World/Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Brendda Salt from Tomarata School

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Apr
28

Experiment: Hovering Butterflies

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Hovering Butterflies A great introduction to magnets Target Age Group: Years 1-4 Curriculum area: Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Barbara Ryan from Muritai School   Students from Muritai School with their hovering butterflies

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Apr
15

Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards 2014

The MacDiarmid Institute is proud to once again be a Silver Sponsor for the 2014 Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards programme. The Sir Paul Callaghan EUREKA! Awards programme identifies and fosters young leaders who, through their knowledge of science, technology, engineering or mathematics, their entrepreneurial vision, and their persuasive communication skills, will bring about the […]

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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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Feb
04

Kate McGrath Discusses Outreach Initiatives

The MacDiarmid Institute’s director, Professor Kate McGrath spoke with Radio New Zealand’s Kathryn Ryan about the Institute’s commitment to help train and equip teachers to confidently teach science at all levels from Early Childhood up, through initiatives like the Korero with Scientists programme. Kate also discussed the other outreach projects The MacDiarmid Institute is championing, […]

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Dec
17

Get Off The Grass!

  In “Get Off The Grass!” (Auckland University Press) Shaun Hendy and Paul Callaghan take a quantitative look at how innovation works both in New Zealand and around the world. They show that economic geography plays a key role in determining rates of innovation and productivity. If New Zealand is to grow its economy more rapidly […]

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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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Nov
29

Science training for teachers

Media Release: November 29 2013 Teachers’ pleas for quality professional development in science have been answered through a new partnership between The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and NZEI Te Riu Roa’s professional development arm. The announcement comes just as the government has announced $3 million to support primary school science teachers, after […]

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Nov
25

Meet NanoGirl

Dr Michelle Dickinson is an Associate Investigator for The MacDiarmid Institute who aspires to be a real life Superhero! Michelle strongly believes that everyone should have access to science and learning about how things around you work, regardless of who you are or what your education level is. Watch her exciting Ted X talk about […]

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Nov
20

Fish Eyes Used to Detect Disease

University of Canterbury researchers (lead byThe MacDiarmid Institute’s Juliet Gerrard) are using discarded fish eyes to help develop sensors that will detect health problems in humans. SOURCE: The Press Read More

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Nov
20

Five Days of Intense NanoScience

Two New Plymouth students have been chosen to attend an exclusive “nanocamp” science programme at The MacDiarmid Institute in January.  Source: Taranaki Daily News Online Read More

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Nov
20

National Science Challenges

  The MacDiarmid Institute’s Director, Professor Kate McGrath speaks to Radio New Zealand about the missed opportunities in the New Zealand Government’s recently announced “National Science Challenges.” SOURCE: Radio New Zealand : National   Read More

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Nov
20

Cather Simpson Wins Award for Excellence In Teaching

The MacDiarmid Institute’s Cather Simpson, Associate Professor at the University of Auckland, has a passion for putting science in the hands of the learners, coupled with a strong commitment to diversity.  She recently won an awards for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching.   SOURCE: National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence Further Reading: Beam Me Up […]

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Nov
06

The Best 100 Experiments

In 2013, The MacDiarmid Institute in conjunction with The New Zealand Teachers Council, launched a competition to find the The Best 100 Science Experiments for Kiwi classrooms. Primary School teachers from around the country entered their experiments, with the chance of winning a place in the “Experiment Bank”. The competition will run again next year, with 100 experiments being […]

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Oct
23

Nature Of Science – Meet Our Scientists

  Bill, Alex, Cather, Maan, Shaun and Sandy work at The MacDiarmid Institute. They all do science for a living, but have very different jobs and persepectives. One thing they all have in common is their passion for science. Click on a scientist’s name to watch their video, or watch the whole playlist here.     […]

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Oct
23

Nature Of Science

The MacDiarmid Institute has created these resources to help teachers and students better understand the Nature of Science, the overarching, unifying strand of the New Zealand Science Curriculum. Through ‘Nature Of Science’ students learn what science is and how scientists work. They develop the skills, attitudes, and values to build a foundation for understanding the world. They come […]

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Sep
12

Our Stories: Jim Metson

It wasn’t so long ago that ministries didn’t have scientific advisers or if they did, they were in-house appointments, but in recent years such jobs have tended to go to those working outside the building – such as Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, the Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, or Dr Ian Ferguson, the […]

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Aug
28

Pounamu In The Media

Full media release can be found here. Game Day media release can be found here. Pounamu has appreciated coverage from the following websites/publications Radio New Zealand – http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/2567478 Harakeke Hub – Children at Amesbury School. TechDay NZ Science Teacher Gravida Te Papa SciBlogs EsocSci Science Learn Social Media Join the event on Facebook follow the #Pounamu tag on Twitter […]

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Aug
27

MBIE Appoints Chief Science Advisor



“Science and innovation are central components in the Government’s agenda to improve business productivity and the quality of life for New Zealanders, and underpin New Zealand’s economic success,” Deputy Chief Executive Paul Stocks said.

 “As the Ministry responsible for science, we deliver policy and services that develop and support a high-performing science and innovation ecosystem. […]

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Aug
16

Get off the Grass Launched

On Thursday 15th August, more than two hundred people turned up at Victoria University of Wellington to see the launch of Get Off the Grass, a book that was co-written by the late Sir Paul Callaghan and MacDiarmid Institute investigator, Professor Shaun Hendy. At the launch Victoria University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, Neil Quigley, spoke about the […]

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Aug
12

Pounamu : Exploring a science savvy New Zealand in 2023

Media Release Monday August 12 – Media Release: Pounamu: exploring a science savvy New Zealand in 2023 Date: August 29 12.00pm – August 30 12.00pm Location: Anywhere with an internet connection Issued by: The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, StratEDGY Strategic Foresight Mātini māmano ka rapa te whai By many, by thousands, the work (project) will be […]

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Jun
18

Wayne Ngata joins MacDiarmid board

Dr Ngata, based in Ūawa (Tolaga Bay) on the East Coast of the North Island, is of Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāti Ira and Ngāti Porou descent. He has a significant history of involvement with the MacDiarmid Institute and its former Director, the late Sir Paul Callaghan, including a key role on the steering and […]

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Jun
13

Previous Years

Award for outstanding Maori and Pacifika year 12 and 13 pupils. $1000 plus 2 weeks lab experience. “I entered this Award wondering whether to do law or pursue a career in science and I leave wondering whether to do Physics, Chemistry or Engineering. The discovery awards programme has shown me the importance of R & […]

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May
27

New IAB Chair

Distinguished scientist and new MacDiarmid Institute International Advisory Board Chair, Dr Jeff Tallon spent his formative years mucking about in sheds with crystal sets and Popular Mechanics, taking things apart and figuring out how to put them back again. This quintessential Kiwi childhood has led to an international career at the vanguard of superconductor research, […]

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May
01

Professor Pablo Etchegoin 1964-2013

The Board and all the members of the MacDiarmid Institute were greatly saddened at the passing of Pablo Etchegoin on Monday 29 April. Pablo had battled against cancer for three years before finally succumbing. Our thoughts are with his family particularly Sofía and Julián, Pablo’s children. Pablo joined Victoria University of Wellington and became a […]

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Mar
19

Control at the Nanoscale

Quantum Mechanics Enables Control at the Nanoscale Self-assembly is vital in order to enable industrial scale manufacturing on the atomic scale, because existing technologies usually rely on processes that involve manipulation of tiny individual building blocks. Those processes are time consuming and therefore expensive. The experimental work was done by Postdoctoral researcher Pawel Kowalczyk and […]

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Nov
05

Bright Ideas Funding

Background A freshly formed “bright idea” is often very delicate and it needs time to develop before it enters a rigorous selection process. MacDiarmid Institute Bright Ideas funding is designed to responsively support early stage ideas with a maximum of flexibility and a minimum of bureaucracy. We want to support “bright ideas” to the stage […]

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Oct
16

Science Learning Hub

Content is quite interactive and eye-catching, and is developed to support the needs of the current science curriculum.  Resources are directed at covering: contexts science stories nature of science and thinking tools In addition to written material, there are videos, images and interactive media, and it also considers teaching and learning approaches etc. Science Learning […]

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Oct
09

MacDiarmid Institute in the Media 2012

Our researchers and their research are recognised as being the best.  They are often asked to contribute to television and radio programmes, and to comment where a scientific perspective is required. Radio Programmes and Interviews Professor Ken MacKenzie Radio New Zealand – Our Changing World – 11 October 2012 Magic-angle spinning NMR allows chemists to […]

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Sep
20

Surviving the Dragons Den!

The MacDiarmid Institute is full of great ideas but……… how do you take the next step to making them a commercial realty? Yiwen, Ben and Alec were fortunate to be able to do this in a MacDiarmid sponsored initiative.  Each of them took an Institute idea along to a University of Canterbury MEM (Master of […]

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Jul
13

Te Rōpū Āwhina

The MacDiarmid Institute sponsors Te Rōpū Āwhina whānau in the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Architecture and Design at Victoria University of Wellington, which was established in 1999. The kaupapa of Āwhina is to produce Māori and Pacific scientists, technologists, engineers, architects and designers to contribute to Māori and Pacific community development and leadership. Te Rōpū […]

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Jul
12

Opening Young Eyes to a New Perspective on Colour

Like these kids, I was taught in art class that the primary colours are red, blue, and yellow and we can mix them to come up with any colour of the rainbow. So the kids were surprised to discover that mixing full-strength blue and yellow light produces bright white.  It isn’t easy for the little […]

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May
07

Sir Paul Callaghan’s Work Continues

A JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT BY PARTNERS IN THE TRANSIT OF VENUS PROJECT: The MacDiarmid Institute, the Royal Society of New Zealand, Victoria University of Wellington, and Te Aitanga a Hauiti and the people of Tolaga Bay. http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/events/2012-transit-of-venus-forum-lifting-our-horizon/ The Transit of Venus forum was founded by Professor Sir Paul Callaghan, who passed away in March this year. […]

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