University of Otago

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Starting To Gel – Hanton and Moratti

Story by Ruth Beran “I never thought I’d be doing anything commercial” says University of Otago’s Professor Lyall Hanton. “I thought that maybe the system I was developing might be used. Or my research might have an application in a hundred years’ time, but I never thought that I would actually do anything useful in […]

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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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Alumni: Jon Kitchen – Luminescence sensing

Dr Jon Kitchen is setting up a new lab at the University of Southampton. His research area—supramolecular materials chemistry—can be used to develop devices that test for compounds in a variety of situations, from a simple carbon monoxide test for inclusion in home smoke detectors to detecting chemical warfare agents or monitoring DNA activity. The basis of his research is synthesising […]

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New Faces: Tim Woodfield

Tim Woodfield works at the interface of disciplines. His research spans materials science, advanced materials, materials science, biological materials, biology, and includes the study of cells and tissues. This nexus of research areas came about through his underpinning interest in both how things work (manifesting as engineering) and the study of life and living organisms (biology). He pursued both these overarching interests, studying mechanical engineering at […]

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When smaller is better

SINCE THE BIRTH of the Silicon Age in the late 1950s, chips have gone from having two transistors to tens of billions in an area smaller than a fingernail. The conducting lines have become narrower, dropping from the micrometer range of the first microprocessor CPUs of the ‘70s down 1,000-times smaller to the nanometre level. […]

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Professor Keith Gordon – An inquisitive mind

  Keith Gordon’s research focuses on molecular materials, specifically the spectroscopy of inorganic and biological systems, at the University of Otago.
He became interested in science at a very young age, with the kind of mucking about
with chemistry sets and interest in biology and
botany that characterises so many inquisitive
minds in childhood. He was encouraged to
choose chemistry […]

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Protecting Teeth With Silver

  Since arriving in New Zealand three years ago I have had the pleasure of participating in two AMN conferences. This year I was once again impressed by the high caliber of the conference, and thoroughly inspired by dynamic presentations from prominent scientists in the fields of materials science and nanotechnology. The collaborative spirit of […]

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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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Post Doctoral Fellows

  The MacDiarmid Institute currently supports 13 Post Doctoral Fellowships, allowing early career scientists to focus on developing their research with the support and collaboration of some of the top researchers in New Zealand. Three of these Post Doctoral Fellows are profiled here. Suresh Narayanaswamy IRL, Gracefield, Wellington (s.narayan@irl.cri.nz) PhD in Shock wave research 2002 […]

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The Inside Story of the MacDiarmid Institute

    Not long before he passed away, Sir Paul Callaghan shared his memories of how the MacDiarmid Institute came to be. It all began in 2001 when Paul met the great Kiwi chemist Alan MacDiarmid. At age 53, Paul Callaghan was a world-renowned experimental physicist having pioneered a new field in NMR Spectroscopy at […]

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Brooker’s Bunch

  It may be 25 years since Sally Brooker received her BSc(Hons) First Class from Canterbury University, but she hasn’t lost her connection to students. The MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator and Professor of Chemistry at Otago University maintains a strong research group of Honours students, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, fondly referred to as “Brooker’s […]

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