University of Auckland

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

Margaret Brimble: Kiwi professor wins global chemistry award

A leading New Zealand chemistry professor has scooped up a global award for being an outstanding achiever in her field. Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble of the University of Auckland was named as one of this year’s Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. She is the first New Zealander to be named for the award. […]

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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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May
20

Seven Sharp: Meet Michelle – The Science Superhero

TVNZ’s Seven Sharp featured MacDiarmid Institute Associate Investigator Dr Michelle Dickinson who’s trying to bust stereotypes and change what we all think about science! Watch the full clip HERE!

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May
08

Making a Splash on Superhydrophobic Surfaces

Dr Geoff Willmott from the Departments of Physics and Chemistry at The University of Auckland is using a Marsden Fund grant to study the asymmetry of drop splashes on extremely water-repellent superhydrophobic surfaces, to link structure to function, using high speed photography.   Read the full story at The Royal Society of New Zealand. 

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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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Dec
18

Current PhD Scholarships

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is New Zealand’s premier research organisation in materials science and nanotechnology. PhD studentships are now open across our research areas and partnership institutions. Successful candidates will become members of the MacDiarmid Institute, a national Centre of Research Excellence which provides collaborative opportunities and a thriving environment to work in.   […]

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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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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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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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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
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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Apr
04

Lasers Solve Dairy Sperm Problem

Principal Investigator Associate Professor Cather Simpson and the team at the University of Auckland’s Photon Factory, a high-tech laser research hub, have conducted artificial insemination research which has led to discovering a process for sorting sperm cells according to sex. The New Zealand Herald’s Simon Eskow reports. Read More

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Beam Me Up Scotty

Deep in the heart of The University of Auckland’s Science Faculty, amazing advancements are taking place with lasers at the Photon Factory.  If that sounds like something straight out of Star Trek, in reality, the work of Director Cather Simpson and her students and staff is scarcely less remarkable. Read More

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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

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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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
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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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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