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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Feb
13

MacDiarmid Institute’s Seventh International Conference Huge Success

This past week we have been in Nelson hosting our seventh international conference, attended by over 500 delegates and superbly organised by our Principal Investigator Shane Telfer (Massey University) and his team. In addition to the hundreds of science presentations we have been involved in a range of outreach activities during the week. This tradition […]

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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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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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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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Dec
20

The Christmas Wrap

We’ve had another big year. We welcomed two new Deputy Directors Profs David Williams (UoA) and Alison Downard (UoC) (Shaun Hendy stepping down at the end of last year and Simon Brown at mid year). We also welcomed six new Principal Investigators (Natalie Plank (VUW), Cather Simpson (UoA), John Kennedy (GNS), Duncan McGillivray (UoA), Bernd […]

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Dec
06

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

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

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Jun
21

Simon Brown Deputy Director 2011-2013

Simon was the inaugural holder and instigated our first commercialisation plan, introducing the concept of scoping and in-depth projects. These projects are geared to facilitate the analysis of MacDiarmid Institute research with respect to its commercial potential.  They act as a conduit; providing the beginnings of a feedback loop between the commercial and research domains […]

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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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Mar
01

From Deputy Director Simon Brown

Many lives were changed for ever and many people are still living with a whole range of impacts, on their families, homes and workplaces. But I’m constantly amazed at how courageous people are in making the best of their situations, and how normal life can still be, much of the time. Living west of the […]

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Jun
29

Commitment and Collegiality

These plans will be the basis for a joint meeting between the Board and the Science Executive at the end of July. They define what we are doing now and what we intend to do, forming the basis for our rebidding proposal. The meeting was great and showed to me yet again how amazing the […]

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May
18

Building collaborations and partnerships and defining our future

The Forum is a partnership between the MacDiarmid Institute, Victoria University of Wellington, the Royal Society of New Zealand and Te Aitanga a Hauiti iwi and the East Coast community of Tolaga Bay. Sir Paul Callaghan conceived the idea of the Forum and drove it. He envisioned an event in which collectively we considered New […]

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May
11

Developing our innovation potential, big and small, skills and businesses

The programme has several facets aimed at pushing forward potential commercial programmes within the MacDiarmid Institute, providing an amazing training platform for our students and postdoctoral fellows, developing and strengthening our network throughout our Partner institutions and more broadly the regional incubators and getting our Investigators engaged in commercialisation concept development. The programme is delivering […]

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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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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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Feb
17

Highlighting MacDiarmid Deputy Directors

Within these roles Shaun’s major responsibilities are focused around working with our stakeholder Ministries, agencies, the media and the public in addition to developing methods for measuring and monitoring the performance of the MacDiarmid Institute and leading the development of methods for measuring and monitoring the innovation performance of New Zealand.  Simon is tasked with […]

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Jan
30

Open Call for New Principal Investigators

The greatest advantage that the MacDiarmid Institute can generate for New Zealand is best achieved by ensuring that the Principal Investigators represent the collection of New Zealand-based scientists who have the capacity, capabilities and experience to deliver outcomes against our strategic goals.  The rejuvenation of the MacDiarmid Institute achieved via our periodic reviews and open […]

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Atomic- and molecular-scale self assembly for future nanodevices (Brown(S), Hendy)

Our lithography-based approach to nanofabrication is complemented by “bottom up” assembly of nano-devices using self-assembly techniques. The focus of ongoing work is a UHV STM study of the fundamental self-assembly processes of the important bismuth-on-graphite system, where we have demonstrated an ability to self-assemble a variety of nanostructures and to image them with atomic resolution. […]

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