News

May
11

Industry speed-dating – video and media coverage

The Interface Industry Challenge is a new joint initiative conceived by the MacDiarmid Institute and the Dodd-Walls Centre, under which scientists from two Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) tackle real world problems faced by New Zealand companies. “We wanted to extend our partnerships with industry. Asking industry to set problems for the Dodd-Walls Centre and […]

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Nanodiamonds may replace common techniques to administer drugs

Amanda Barnard, speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, works on how nanodiamonds may be used to control where and how much of a drug is administered within the human body. Link

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AMN8 Outreach

680 secondary school students came along to hear and be inspired by David Leigh in Christchurch. An enthusiastic crowd of 200 people turned up to listen to Henry Snaith and Justin Hodgkiss at the Royal Society in Wanaka. Shotover Primary School kids loved having Albert Folch along, teaching science through soccer. The Women in Science […]

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Mar
24

TV clip – women nanoscientists at AMN8

Channel 39 clip features women nanoscientists at AMN8 – ‘Scientists flock to Queenstown for biggest conference in Southern Hemisphere’. Link

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Nanoparticles may be used as drug carriers within the human body

Silvia Giordani, speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, works on nanoparticles and their medical applications. Link

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The MacDiarmid Institute faciliates the New Zealand nano-revolution

Director of the MacDiarmid Institute, Professor Thomas Nann, associate Professor Justin Hodgkiss, and post-doctoral fellow Dr Renee Goreham give an overview over the MacDiarmid Institute’s research activities. Link

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Mar
22

AMN8: Molecular machines

David Leigh, plenary speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, builds machines that can work on the scale of DNA sized molecules. Link He also talked to RadioNZ about these ‘molecular machines’. Link Picture Source: University of Manchester

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Mar
22

AMN8: From science to spinoff companies

Associate Professor Justin Hodgkiss shares his experiences in founding a company based on research that was conducted in his group. Link

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Mar
22

AMN8: Science for kids

During his visit of AMN8 Queenstown, Bioengineer Albert Folch tried to catch interest in science of local children. Link Picture Source: TheSpinoff.co.nz

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AMN8: Unfolding of proteins

Professor Colin Raston, speaker at AMN8 Queentown, talks about how the ‘Vortex Fluid Device’ may unfold proteins. Link

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Mar
22

AMN8: Silver nano particles in gel solution to fight tooth decay

Dr Carla Meledandri, principal investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute at the University of Otago, has found a way to use charged antibacterial silver nanocomposite structures ‘to sterilise dentine prior to the placement of a dental restorative material’ (publication). Link

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Mar
22

Searching for high temperature superconductors

Superconductors already have various applications (electromagnets, digital circuits, particle detectors) but would be even more usefull if they operated at higher temperatures. They would be a revolution to power grids and how power is generated and distributed around the world. And they would make all other current applications cheaper and safer. Ben Mallett, research fellow at the University of […]

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Mar
22

AMN8: Conductive polymers may serve as power source

Rachel Segalman, speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, talks about the thermoelectric potential of polymers. Due to their inherent thermal conductivity, polymers might generate power through external heat gradients. The process also works in reverse so that they may be used as heaters or refrigerators, too. Link Picture source: Segelman Group Website 

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Mar
22

AMN8: Perovskite solar cells might surpass current Silicon technology

Professor Henry Snait, plenary speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, has a vision of how Perovskites shape the future of photovoltaic power generation. Link Professor Snait also spoke about Perovskites on RadioNZ. Link Rebecca Sutton and Jesse Allardice, former Victoria University of Wellington students and PhD students at Oxford and Cambridge, also talk about how Perovskites may replace […]

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Mar
22

AMN8 Queenstown: Women in Science panel

Three female nanoscientists discuss their lives and work at the ‘AMN8 Trio – Women in Science panel’ – a public engagement event held in Queenstown during AMN8 in February 2017. Link

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Mar
22

Coatings of nanopillars may double the speed of ships

MacDiarmid Institute International Science Advisory Board member Professor Thomas Schimmel spoke to Jesse Mulligan at RadioNZ about the Salvinia fern and how its properties might enable them to build ‘ships that will never get wet’. Link Picture Source: Wikipedia

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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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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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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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Mar
22

Teamwork facilitates a detailed pressure-induced spin crossover study

Our team around Principal Investigator Sally Brooker, Associate Investigator Geoff Jameson and Emeritus Investigator Jeff Tallon took on the challange and investigated a first row transition metal complex upon their spin states under the influence of external stimuli such as pressure and temperature. When the ligand field in octahedral d4-d7 first row transition metal complexes […]

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Feb
24

MacDiarmid students presenting at ICONN 2016

Bringing together New Zealand’s and Australian’s nanotechnology research, several members of our Institute presented at the International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2016, held in Canberra. Below is a small summary of Christoph Hasenöhrl, one of our Ph.D. students how he experienced the conference. “The MacDiarmid Institute gave me the unique opportunity to travel overseas […]

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Feb
11

New 2016 Chair MESA

Shyamal Prasad is part of the Justin Hodgkiss group at Victoria University doing ultrafast laser spectroscopy. They focus on understanding how charges (electricity) is generation in next-generation photovoltaics. With this understanding he hopes to push solar energy production to its next level. His area of interest are organic photovoltaics, data analysis, and ultrafast (transient absorption) […]

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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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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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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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Jun
25

New Director for the MacDiarmid Institute

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is delighted to announce that Dr Thomas Nann has been appointed as the new Director of the Institute, and will start with us on 17th August. Along with this appointment, Thomas will also be Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, in the School of Chemical and Physical […]

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May
20

International Recognition for Margaret Brimble

MacDiarmid Institute Associate Investigator Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble of the University of Auckland has been recognised with a global award for outstanding achievement in her field. Professor Brimble was named one of this year’s Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). Every second year IUPAC honours […]

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Apr
24

Early career researchers to attend international workshop

  The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to be sponsoring three students attending the Australian Nanotechnology Network’s Nanotechnology Entrepreneurship Workshop for early career researchers at Griffiths University on the Gold Coast in June. The aim of this symposium is to provide a forum for early career researchers (ECRs) and postgraduate students working on nanotechnology research to […]

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Feb
09

Opportunity: Alan MacDiarmid Professor and Director of The MacDiarmid Institute

Applications are now closed The MacDiarmid Institute is a Centre of Research Excellence hosted by Victoria University of Wellington.  We  are  seeking  an  individual  with  a  strong  passion  for  scientific  research  and  education and the  desire  to lead an institute  of high  national and international standing. The  successful  applicant    will    have    an    excellent    track    record    […]

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Jan
26

A public talk with Dr Michelle Dickinson in Nelson

The MacDiarmid Institute, together with the Nelson Science Society, warmly invites you to a presentation by Dr Michelle Dickinson, aka Nanogirl, winner of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Communication Award.  Michelle is a member of the MacDiarmid Institute, which is holding this public talk in association with its biennial international conference, AMN-7 this year in […]

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Jan
23

SMALL MATTERS – ART FROM THE WORLD OF NANOTECHNOLOGY

Nelson played host to 500 of the world’s leading scientists at the MacDiarmid Institute’s biennial international conference on nanotechnology, AMN-7 from 8-12 February.  Alongside the conference the public had a chance to see some of the astonishing work of our New Zealand scientists, through an exhibition of images from nanotechnology research. Nanotechnology is the science of […]

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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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Sep
30

Prestigious Fellowship for Dr Halpert

The MacDiarmid Institute’s Dr Jonathan Halpert has been awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship. A Victoria University of Wellington researcher is among a small group of leading New Zealand scientists to receive Rutherford Discovery Fellowships. Dr Jonathan Halpert, a lecturer in Victoria’s School of Chemical and Physical Sciences and an associate investigator at the MacDiarmid Institute […]

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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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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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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

International Award for Alison Downard

Congratulations to Professor Alison Downard, University of Canterbury, who was recently recognised by the international electrochemistry community, when she won the 2014 Electrochemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute’s Stokes Medal. The R.H. Stokes Medal is awarded for distinguished research in the field of electrochemistry carried out mainly in Australasia. Past recipients include R.H. Stokes, […]

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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
25

Ojas Mahapatra Appointed CEO

Dr  Ojas Mahapatra, who recently finished his doctorate in Physics at University of Canterbury, has been offered the role of the CEO of a Dunedin based company Photonic Innovations Ltd. He was supervised and mentored by Prof Simon Brown in his doctoral research. Photonic Innovations Ltd is a spin-out company from University of Otago that […]

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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
28

Richard Blaikie Honoured

Outstanding New Zealand researchers have been awarded prestigious medals at the Royal Society of New Zealand 2013 Research Honours event, held in Dunedin. President of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Sir David Skegg FRSNZ, says it is important to recognise the achievements of New Zealand’s top scientists and scholars. “These medallists have all made […]

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Nov
25

Marsden Success 2013

Four Principal Investigators of The MacDiarmid Institute have been awarded Marsden Fund grants. Congratulations to Principal Investigators Profs Sally Brooker (Otago) Alison Downard (Canterbury) and Jeff Tallon (Callaghan Innovation) and Associate Investigator Dr Franck Natali (Victoria) for their success as the lead scientists on newly awarded Marsden grants. Graphene supercapacitors: transforming energy storage solutions Professor […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nov
05

Lead Innovation Award

Wellington’s strength in biomedical innovation has been recognised through the recent Innovating for Health Challenge.  The Challenge was conceived by Grow Wellington to showcase and support the breadth of reseach and commercial activity in the Wellington region in the biomedical sector. Submissions were received across a broad suite of health-research related topics and development levels, […]

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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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Oct
17

3 Investigators Made RSNZ Fellows

The three Principal Investigators, with ties to four of our seven partner institutes, are currently or have previously been members of our Science Executive, and all make a significant contribution to the leadership and direction of the MacDiarmid Institute. Professor Shaun Hendy – Industrial Research Limited, Victoria University of Wellington Professor Juliet Gerrard – University […]

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Oct
16

Director Finalist in 2012 Wellys

These awards, affectionately called “the Wellys”, celebrate the contributions of outstanding Wellingtonians. There are 35 finalists in 9 categories: Arts, Business, Community Service, Education, Environment, Government, Science & Technology, Sport and Youth. The winner from each category, and the supreme winner, will be announced at the awards dinner on Thursday, 22 November. Links: 2012 Wellys – […]

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Sep
24

MacDiarmid Investigators success with MSI bids

Congratulations to the following MacDiarmid Institute Investigators named on awarded MSI grants, in no particular order:   New Cathodes, $964,050 over 2 years: Simon Hall (Lead Scientist, MU) Magnetic Devices, $3.9 m over 4 years: John Kennedy (Co-Lead Scientist, GNS) and Simon Granville (IRL) [Grant co-lead with Nick Long, IRL] Laser Micromachining, $7.8 m over […]

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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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Aug
02

Four New AIs

Penny Brothers was appointed an AI in February 2012.  She was born and grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, and completed BSc and MSc(Hons) degrees in chemistry at the University of Auckland. In 1979 she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and set off for Stanford University to begin a PhD in chemistry under the supervision of […]

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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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Jun
18

Commercialisation of protein science

The goal of the programme is to set up an integrated research programme across BIC and IRL that is connected to Industry. Juliet’s Fellowship resources include a postdoctoral fellow and two PhD students, all based at the IRL campus in Lower Hutt. She spends 50% of her time at each institution. The new Protein Science […]

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May
25

Sparking a Passion for Science in the Young

At the launch of Chiasma (Wellington, 29 March 2012), I had met Susan Weekes from Future In Tech which is an initiative of IPENZ Engineers New Zealand to address the serious shortage of scientifically educated people in New Zealand. Susan’s job links students, teachers and career advisors with scientists and engineers. At the school, I spoke to […]

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May
25

Current Understandings of Electrostatics Challenged

For more information, on these revelations read “Like attracts like?” (Nature News, 23 May 2012) Lekner, J.Proc. R. Soc. A http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2012.0133 (2012). Abstract We prove that two charged conducting spheres will almost always attract each other at close approach, even when they have like charges. The one exception is when the two spheres have the […]

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MESA Chair Wins Chiasma Prize

“My proposal to commercialise a scanned nanopipette system, a prototype of which I built during the course of my PhD research, won the special $2000 Chiasma prize. This is given out for the best research idea with potential biotech applications, as awarded by the University of Auckland’s Spark Entrepreneurship Ideas Challenge. “I was greatly assisted by Dr. […]

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May
10

Auckland Joins Partnership

The MacDiarmid Institute’s network is growing, with an official partnership with the University of Auckland announced this week. The new arrangement builds on a long-standing relationship between the two institutions, and will facilitate more in-depth collaboration and sharing of resources, while strengthening reputations on both sides.”This is a really big deal for us,” says MacDiarmid […]

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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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Apr
26

REGISTER NOW For the Transit of Venus Forum

Before Sir Paul Callaghan died, Sir Peter Gluckman talked to him about his objectives for the Forum, and he is now working with Sir Paul’s colleagues and partners in the project – Charles Daugherty, Bill Manhire, Lydia Wevers, Di McCarthy, David Bibby, Kate McGrath, and Shaun Hendy.  Sir Peter will chair the session on science […]

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Apr
17

ANZ Micro/Nanofluidics and Bionano Symposium

The symposium – the third in a series, and the first held in New Zealand – started with an excellent plenary on manipulation of multiphase droplets and colloids from A/Prof. Saif Khan (National University of Singapore). Talks were wide-ranging, ranging from cellular science to device development and theoretical modelling work. Bryon Wright (University of Auckland […]

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Apr
11

Electrochemistry Bootcamp

Professor David Williams introduced the theory and fundamentals, which was complemented by lectures on batteries by Professor Simon Hall and lectures on nanotechnology and sensors by Professor Alison Downard. This provided a good mix of theory and applications, and the challenging lectures were enjoyed by all. Camp-style lodging and delicious food was provided by MESA […]

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Apr
11

Callaghan Fellowships

The Sir Paul Callaghan Innovation Fellowships Sir Paul was passionate about taking research from the lab bench into the market place. These Fellowships recognise Sir Paul’s passion and commitment by giving an opportunity for academics to directly pursue commercialisation opportunities. Prof Simon Brown, the Institute’s Deputy Director (Commercialisation and Industry Engagement), said “while many academics […]

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Apr
03

Lifting our Horizon

“The Project is the culmination of his drive for scientific, evidence-based decisions in all areas of the economy, and to make this country a place where “talent wants to live”, as he liked to say.  He was one of our greatest talents, who chose to make his career here. He proved that you could have […]

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Apr
03

Chiasma Launched in Wellington

The launch featured talks from former Ministry of Research, Science and Technology Chief Executive Dr. Helen Anderson (pictured above) and Magritek CEO Dr. Andrew Coy, as well as Chiasma WGTN CEO, Ben Mallett. “It’s a great initiative” said MacDiarmid Institute Director Professor Kathryn McGrath, who was present at the launch.  “The event was very well […]

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Mar
27

Professor Sir Paul Callaghan’s funeral service

Sir Paul’s family are aware that many people will wish to pay their respects and to be a part of the funeral service.  In order to facilitate this while working around the constraints of limited space at Wesley Church a live web stream of the service is being provided. Victoria University of Wellington have made […]

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Mar
24

MacDiarmid Institute mourns the loss of Sir Paul

Paul has been synonymous with the MacDiarmid Institute since its inception.  His contributions to science, his leadership and his vision for New Zealand have influenced the entire nation, inspiring scientists and non-scientists alike.  Paul was actively engaged with a diverse range of people, and drew great pleasure from working with them to achieve their best […]

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Mar
24

Board Greatly Saddened by Passing of Professor Sir Paul Callaghan

Do not go gentle into that good night,Old age should burn and rage at close of day;Rage, rage against the dying of the light. – Dylan Thomas Paul attracted widespread international recognition, winning many science prizes and accolades. He was a Fellow of both the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Royal Society of […]

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Mar
24

International Advisory Board Remember Professor Sir Paul Callaghan

When he was chair of physics at Massey, he was exceedingly fair in his treatment of colleagues, and handled everything with a minimum of wasted time.  Everyone from the machine shop workers to the prima donnas had to admit that Paul was extraordinarily altruistic.  He revelled in others’ success and sang their praises, not his […]

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Feb
24

Juliet Gerrard new Chair of Marsden Fund Council

“Juliet is an inspirational scientist.” says Institute Director Kathryn McGrath “She constantly looks for and sees the possibilities and opportunities within a new science idea and is a strong motivator and mentor within New Zealand’s science community, she will be an exemplar Chair of the Council.”. Juliet is based at the School of Biological Sciences […]

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Feb
24

MacDiarmid Institute and Creative HQ on quest for new high-tech companies

This programme will focus on new Intellectual Property (IP) and product opportunities that are emerging from the various streams of specialised research being undertaken by the MacDiarmid Institute, which is spread across NZ’s five leading universities, and the Crown Research Institutes; Industrial Research Limited and Geological and Nuclear Sciences. The MacDiarmid Institute comprises 40 Principal […]

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