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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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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
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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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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Jun
02

Engender Technology wins in AgTech, World Cup Tech Challenge

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 her company winning the AgTech section of the World Cup Tech Challenge in Silicon Valley.  Associate Professor Simpson is a Principal Investigator with both Centres of Research Excellence.  The Director of […]

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May
24
May
24

Cather Simpson’s start-up company Engender Technology shortlisted for the World Cup Tech Challenge

New Zealand tech start-up company named as finalist for World Cup Tech Challenge led by MacDiarmid Institute and Dodd-Walls Centre Principal Investigator, 14 May 2016 Listen to the Cather’s interview with Kim Hill on Saturday Mornings at RadioNZ: Vote here The MacDiarmid Institute and Dodd-Walls Centre congratulated Associate Professor Cather Simpson, a Principal Investigator in […]

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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

Building electronics atom by atom

Victoria University of Wellington has unveiled a unique piece of equipment used to make everyday electronics by layering atoms on top of each other very precisely. The research equipment—Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE)—creates solid materials by depositing atom by atom, and is the only system of its kind in New Zealand. Victoria’s School of Chemical and […]

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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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Oct
12

Nanoscale melting: how size changes thermodynamic stabiility

The properties of nanomaterials change in a number of different ways, some of which are predictable, while others can be quite surprising! Nanoparticles usually melt at lower temperatures than the bulk material, due to the reduced stability of atoms at the surface. This paradigm – called melting point depression – has been challenged by experimental […]

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Oct
12

Why nanotech is sexier than ever

Professor Thomas Nann recently took up his new post as director of New Zealand’s renowned MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. He answered these questions from the Herald. You recently arrived in Wellington following a tenure as director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility. Can you tell us about the kind of work that […]

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Sep
22

Nano-LEGO® – assembling functional nanoparticles

Thomas Nann et al. Nanomaterials and their mesoscopic properties have fascinated many scientists in recent years. The general public associates Nanotechnology probably more with microscopic robots as depicted in Figure 1. Figure 1: Artistic view of a micro-submarine in a blood vessel. CONEYL JAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY To date, there is still a huge […]

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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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Jul
13

Open source electric car

One of The MacDiarmid Institute’s postdoctoral fellows, Dr Stefan Andreas Meyer, talks to Radio New Zealand about his project to design and build an open source electric car, which he details at Blitz Conversions Limited. Radio New Zealand: Open source electric car interview

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Jul
09

The bionic eye is here!

Kiwi brainpower behind the gift of sight.  Two Kiwi scientists, one being MacDiarmid alumnus Dr David Garrett, are helping to give a very special gift to the blind over in Australia. Bionic eye on TVNZ show Seven Sharp  

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Jul
04

TV3: Chemistry show illuminates science behind light

A visiting chemistry teaching fellow from the University of Cambridge has brought his bag of tricks to New Zealand in a bid to show it’s more than just a flash in the pan. Dr Peter Wothers, who has an MBE for services to chemistry, is in the country with the Chemistry of Light Show filled […]

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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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Jun
04

Professor Kate McGrath: Time for a change in funding research

This op-ed by The MacDiarmid Institute’s Director Professor Kate McGrath, originally appeared in The Dominion Post and The Press on Monday 1st June 2015.  Success rates of less than 10 percent for competitive government funding programmes are becoming commonplace in New Zealand. Sometimes these plummet as low as 5 percent. This is a matter of […]

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Jun
01

Dr Michelle Dickinson in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Her alter ego’s name, “Nano Girl”, was coined by schoolchildren but top scientist Dr Michelle Dickinson may be more of a superhero than she gives herself credit for. The Auckland University nanotechnologist’s tireless efforts to get Kiwis hooked on science, kids especially, have earned her a Queen’s Birthday Honour. It comes after she was awarded […]

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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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Apr
17

Funding boost will help joint science projects with iwi groups

Project leader (MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator) Andreas Markwitz, of GNS Science, said findings would lead to an improved understanding of the health effects of volcanic eruptions and geothermal events in the central North Island. “The improved knowledge and understanding will help to underpin health monitoring and support geothermal and Māori tourism. It will also help […]

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Apr
17

Publons pair get scientific publishing moving faster

Frustrated by the glacial pace of academic research, Daniel Johnston and MacDiarmid Institute Alumnus Andrew Preston decided to propel scientific publishing into the 21st century. Everybody thinks of science as moving at a blistering pace, but it’s actually one of the most technologically challenged industries out there,” Johnston says. Preston was working as a physicist […]

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Mar
12

Auckland Arts Festival: ‘An extravaganza of explosions’

Dr Michelle Dickinson loves science and has dedicated her life to it. In fact, the senior engineering lecturer at the University of Auckland is so keen to share with the world her love for the discipline, she’s set her own hand on fire – by lighting a harmless-looking pile of methane-filled bubbles. Not as some […]

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Mar
12

Kōrero with scientists 2015

Korero With Scientists resources are available to download here. Kōrero with Scientists: brings primary and early childhood educators and scientists together in ways that help teachers to understand and deliver the Nature of Science curriculum. The kōrero will demonstrate how scientists do science, give participants hands-on experience in experimental science and explain the underlying concepts. Participants will […]

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Mar
03

Ruth Knibbe: Using a Scanning Electron Microscope

Materials engineer Dr Ruth Knibbe uses a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to image her own samples and samples for other scientists. Unlike a light microscope, an SEM uses a focused beam of electrons to produce images from the top surface of a sample. “So you don’t get lots of information from the bulk of your sample, […]

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Feb
10

Science meets art in nanophotography

A series of compelling photos of the nano-sized world hopes to raise the public’s fascination. The Small Matters event at Nelson’s Provincial Museum offers 50 works on the scale of a billionth of a meter in size, organiser Simon Brown said. “Giving people an insight into what really is a different world – the world […]

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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
18

Current PhD Studentships

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is New Zealand’s premier research organisation concerned with high quality research and research education in materials science and nanotechnology. PhD studentships are now open across our research areas and partnership institutions. Successful candidates will be a member of the MacDiarmid Institute, a national Centre of Research Excellence […]

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Dec
08

‘Nanogirl’ wins science communication award

This year’s Prime Minister’s Science Prize for Science Communication has been awarded to Dr Michelle Dickinson, capping off a prize-winning year for the University of Auckland engineering lecturer. Dr Dickinson, a senior lecturer in Chemical & Materials Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Associate Investigator of The MacDiarmid Institute, was also named Science Communicator of […]

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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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Dec
04

A Place To Live – Full RNZ recordings

In November 2014, The MacDiarmid Institute hosted a forum called A Place to Live : for the life worth having in Whanganui focussed on the link between economic and environmental health in New Zealand, in particular in the regions and smaller centres. Kim Hill chaired the event, which featured a number of talks and panel […]

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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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Nov
26

NZ scientist discoveres Rhett drug

An Auckland University scientist has discovered a drug to treat a crippling brain disease that affects thousands of women worldwide. Margaret Brimble and her team made the break-through that if approved will be the first New Zealand discovery registered by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Prof Brimble said the FDA might fast-track […]

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Nov
24

Forum focuses on nature’s role

The children who race down Victoria Ave on their scooters to get to school struck journalist Rod Oram as an indicator of the good life in Wanganui. He was one of the 40-plus speakers at the A Place to Live conference last week. It started with Dame Anne Salmond’s lecture on Sunday night and finished […]

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Nov
13

3D molecular sponges

Hydrogen has been touted as one alternative to fossil fuels, but for planes or even cars to run on hydrogen, the gas needs to be stored in large quantities. One method for storing hydrogen and other gases are materials called metal-organic frameworks (or MOFs), which are a bit like 3D molecular sponges or sieves. “The […]

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Nov
13

Tech hubs will help regional life survive

Technology and innovation hubs are lifelines for regions like Northland, according to a researcher behind an economic and environmental three-day conference in Whanganui this weekend, which will see two Northlanders speak about one successful regional project. Northland Regional Council chairperson Bill Shepherd will join manager of Reconnecting Northland and keynote speaker, David Mules, at A […]

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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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Oct
30

Protein Nano-LEGO

“We are really interested in making things smaller these days,” says PhD student Amy Yewdall from the University of Canterbury. “And we’re thinking of proteins as a nanomaterial that we can use as building blocks for future machines, so you’ve got nanomachines that we can make, or biosensors.” In particular, Amy is working with proteins called […]

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Oct
16

Marae keen to start up incubator

One of New Zealand’s most distinguished science bodies has formed an alliance with Wanganui’s Te Hononga Marae Trust. The director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Kate McGrath, said the two signed a memorandum of understanding three weeks ago at Patiarero Marae on the Whanganui River. A former student of the institute, […]

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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
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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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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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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Aug
15

Science forum targets young minds

Professor offers advice to schoolgirls and says discipline needs to attract ‘women who will make a difference’ You only live once – so do what you love.” While hardly rocket science, the advice was just as important as anything else one of our most accomplished chemists could impart to the next generation of female researchers […]

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Aug
14

Sarah Thompson: How Red Pigments Fade

One of the striking features in paintings like the Girl with a Pearl Earring by Jan Vermeer (1632-1675) is the red pigments, in this case the madder lake used in her lips. But these red pigments have a tendency to fade. Sarah Thompson, a MacDiarmid Institute PhD student from the University of Auckland, is using […]

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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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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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Jun
22

Sisters are doing it together

One of the most motivating pieces of advice scientist Dr Nicola Gaston ever received was being told how to dress. It was 2012, and Gaston was leaving her job at Industrial Research Ltd to take up a lecturing post at Victoria University. She was invited to give a farewell address and discuss her scientific work. […]

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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: 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
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: 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: 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: 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: 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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