Simon Brown

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Small Matters nanoart exhibition delights Nelson

SMALL MATTERS – ART FROM THE WORLD OF NANOTECHNOLOGY Nelson Provincial Museum 9 February to 8 March 2015 Nelsonians had the opportunity to see an astonishing range of novel images from the world of nanotechnology at the Nelson Provincial Museum, in an exhibition mounted by the Institute in association with the AMN7 Conference. In a […]

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Alumni: Ojas Mahapatra – Photonic Innovations

Ojas Mahapatra is one of those enviable people who gets paid to do what he loves. In 2013, he became the CEO of Photonic Innovations, a spin-out company from the University of Otago which is commercialising gas detectors for industries where levels of potentially toxic gases need to be monitored. The technology was developed by Professor Andrew Wilson and uses […]

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Collaborating On A (Very) Small Scale

    Casual conversations over conference tea-cups, chance meetings in stairwells, idle flicking through a journal – these may not sound like the stuff of which scientific endeavours are made, but they can provide a surprisingly significant role in the development of research projects and collaborations that span an organisation, a city, sometimes even the […]

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From Molecules to the Market

Taking single molecules and tethering them to a surface to produce highly controllable functions as the basis for precision sensors, medical diagnostic tools or even lighting arrays may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but the groundwork is being tackled in the University of Canterbury lab of Dr Alison Downard. The MacDiarmid Institute Principal […]

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The Long, Winding Road that is Commercialisation

  It’s long been a given that New Zealand needs to pay close attention to the commercialisation of research in order to build successful, innovative companies that can take resulting products and services to the world. However, it’s a lot easier to say that, than to do it. Looking back over the past 10 years […]

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A Culture of Commercialisation

In general, I see my role as being to facilitate commercialization activity in the Institute, and to build a culture of commercialisation.  I’m not going to be doing the commercialisation in the sense of starting companies and writing business plans but, hopefully, I can help put structures and networks in place to support people who want […]

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Hot off the Press

  Physics World May 2011. An article on “Artificial Retinas” by Richard Taylor was featured on the cover of the May issue of Physics World.  The article is based on joint work with Simon Brown at University of Canterbury, and a joint patent application that was recently filed.         Angewandte Chemie International […]

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Art of Nanotechnology

  Just like the explorers of the past could only reference the strange and wonderful flora and fauna they saw in the New World to the familiar sights of home, so too, the explorers of the nanoworld reference what they see down electron microscopes or scanning tunnelling microscopes to the visible objects in the everyday world. A recent […]

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Simon Brown Takes Nano Cluster Devices to the International Stage

  The April issue of Semiconductor International, featured New Zealand technology on its front cover and in its lead article. Semiconductor International is the largest publication targeting the semiconductor industry worldwide, with a circulation of 50,000. The technology was developed by Dr Simon Brown a MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator based at the University of Canterbury whose work has […]

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A Couple in San Diego

  A trip to the Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication Conference (EIPBN’04) took us to the shores of San Diego, USA, where claims of blistering weather and moreish cuisine were proved not far from the truth. The conference was held in the aged, but homely, Marriott Hotel. Upon arrival we were pleasantly surprised to […]

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MacDiarmid Science Goes Commercial

MacDiarmid scientists are motivated to research because of their passion for science. They spend their time in the pleasure of wondering about clusters of atoms, new chemical reaction pathways, the interaction of light with electrons, evanescent waves near surfaces and nuclear spin dynamics. But when that wondering and that science results in obvious utility, the pleasure […]

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Canterbury Outreach

  The University of Canterbury Science Outreach Programme sends graduate students into secondary school classrooms to deliver presentations on topical issues in science and engineering. In 2003, the MacDiarmid Institute funded the Science Outreach Programme to provide presentations on Nanotechnology and Materials Science, and to develop hands-on activities for visiting students and teachers. The first […]

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Emulating Nature

  The crystalline petals extend in twinkling, feathery patterns looking for all the world like snowflakes or thin pieces of delicate coral. Looking at some of the scanning electron microscope images produced by Canterbury University doctoral student Shelley Scott and senior physics lecturer Simon Brown, one can’t help but be taken by the beauty. The […]

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