Victoria University of Wellington

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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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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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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Jun
21

Podcast: People Behind The Science – Kate McGrath

People Behind the Science’s mission is to inspire current and future scientists, share the different paths to a successful career in science, educate the general population on what scientists do, and show the human side of science. In each episode, a different scientist will guides the listener through their journey by sharing their successes, failures, and […]

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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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May
20

Dr Nicola Gaston – Exploring latest advances in science

How to melt a teaspoon in a cup of tea and how chemistry can help unlock new wine markets are among innovative scientific developments people will be able to learn about at a free talk in the Masterton Town Hall next week. Chemistry and physics experts from the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at […]

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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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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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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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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
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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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

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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Feb
04

Kate McGrath Discusses Outreach Initiatives

The MacDiarmid Institute’s director, Professor Kate McGrath spoke with Radio New Zealand’s Kathryn Ryan about the Institute’s commitment to help train and equip teachers to confidently teach science at all levels from Early Childhood up, through initiatives like the Korero with Scientists programme. Kate also discussed the other outreach projects The MacDiarmid Institute is championing, […]

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Dec
16

Sector Pins Hopes on Golden Fleece

A golden yarn developed by Kiwi scientists and containing pure gold is expected to be sold to wealthy buyers of luxury carpets, rugs and furnishings.  Unlike the golden fleece in Greek mythology the yarn and completed woollen products will not have a golden colour at this stage. The Aulana-branded wool has been developed by Professor […]

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Nov
25

Big Results, Tiny Particles

Nanoparticles are attracting worldwide scientific interest because of their potential applications, particularly in the fields of biomedical research and industrial processes. “Our goal is to use them to benefit science and, ultimately, mankind,” says The MacDiarmid Institute’s Richard Tilley. SOURCE: “Victorious” – Victoria University of Wellington.   Read More

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Nov
20

Five Days of Intense NanoScience

Two New Plymouth students have been chosen to attend an exclusive “nanocamp” science programme at The MacDiarmid Institute in January.  Source: Taranaki Daily News Online Read More

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Nov
20

Nicola Gaston on Sexism in Science

The MacDiarmid Institute’s Dr Nicola Gaston speaks with Radio New Zealand’s Bryan Crump about sexism in science.  SOURCE: Radio New Zealand Nicola’s Blog Why Science Is Sexist Read More

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Aug
16

Get off the Grass Launched

On Thursday 15th August, more than two hundred people turned up at Victoria University of Wellington to see the launch of Get Off the Grass, a book that was co-written by the late Sir Paul Callaghan and MacDiarmid Institute investigator, Professor Shaun Hendy. At the launch Victoria University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, Neil Quigley, spoke about the […]

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May
01

Professor Pablo Etchegoin 1964-2013

The Board and all the members of the MacDiarmid Institute were greatly saddened at the passing of Pablo Etchegoin on Monday 29 April. Pablo had battled against cancer for three years before finally succumbing. Our thoughts are with his family particularly Sofía and Julián, Pablo’s children. Pablo joined Victoria University of Wellington and became a […]

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Nov
25

Implant project proves winner

Scientist and chemistry professor Kate McGrath has been awarded $50,000 from economic development agency Grow Wellington to further her research into creating lighter and more durable joint replacements. Source: The Dominion Post 

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