Author: Editorial Team

Materialise: a science quest – the game

The world’s energy use is increasing dramatically. About 8% of the world’s electricity is used for computing, and that amount is growing rapidly, as we want our computers to do more for us. We need to do two things: create ways to generate more energy without damaging the environment create computers that still can run amazing […]

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Materialise: a science quest

The MacDiarmid Institute is leading a conversation about materials science and its contribution to a future New Zealand that is environmentally and economically sustainable.  As a way to broaden this conversation and include future users and creators of materials technology, we’ve created a game aimed at school students.    In this quest-style game, players meet […]

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Sep
25

Materialise: a sustainable future

                            Registrations are now closed. If you require any further information about this event email carol.wheatley@vuw.ac.nz.  Play the game ‘Materialise: a science quest’ here

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Commercialisation Manager at the MacDiarmid Institute for Advance Materials and Nanotechnology

The MacDiarmid Institute is a Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) and is hosted by Victoria University of Wellington. The MacDiarmid Institute has researchers based in seven partner organisations – University of Auckland, Massey University, University of Canterbury, University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington, GNS Science and Callaghan Innovation. The Commercialisation Manager may be based […]

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Sep
20

Current MSc Scholarships

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is New Zealand’s premier research organisation in materials science and nanotechnology. MSc 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.  As […]

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Sep
14

MacDiarmid researchers successful in latest MBIE round

The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to share the following successes from MacDiarmid researchers in this year’s MBIE Endeavour fund round. All up, these grants come to around $28M, which is shared with non-MacDiarmid research collaborators in many cases (not all listed below).   Research Programs   Addressing the need for magnetic memory to enable superconducting […]

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Sep
04

Applications are now open for the 2018 round of MacDiarmid Institute Business Scholarships for Alumni

The MacDiarmid Institute is offering a limited number of competitive scholarships for alumni to undertake further postgraduate study in business-related areas.   This call is open to alumni who completed their PhD under the supervision of a MacDiarmid Institute investigator.   These scholarships can be used for qualifications including Master of Business Administration, Master of […]

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New Principal Investigators

The MacDiarmid Institute proudly welcomes eight new principal investigators. Pauline Harris Dr Pauline Harris is a lecturer in the Faculty of Science at Victoria University of Wellington, where she lectures in the Science and Society programme on science communication, science in everyday life and the importance of energy in society. She has a PhD in […]

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Aug
21

Alumni videos

How do you go from the lab to the marketplace? MacDiarmid Science – to industry and beyond! Alumni videos   Nihan Aydemir Kirsten Edgar Julie Kho Brendan Darby

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Brendan Darby alumni video

    Watch the other alumni videos here: Nihan Aydemir Kirsten Edgar Julie Kho

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Julie Kho alumni video

    Watch the other alumni videos here: Nihan Aydemir Kirsten Edgar Brendan Darby

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Kirsten Edgar alumni video

    Watch the other alumni videos here: Nihan Aydemir Julie Kho Brendan Darby

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Nihan Aydemir alumni video

    Watch the other alumni videos here: Kirsten Edgar Julie Kho Brendan Darby

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Dr Ray Thomson passed away

The MacDiarmid Institute is deeply saddened to hear that the former Chair of the MacDiarmid Board, Dr Ray Thomson, passed away suddenly last week. Many of us knew Ray personally, as he worked closely with many MacDiarmid researchers to ensure the best outcomes for new Intellectual Property, and guided many through the unfamiliar TTO and […]

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2018 KiwiNet Awards Finalist – Professor David Williams

The list of all finalists and winners can be accessed here.

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2 Into the marketplace – Annual Report 2017

Commercialisation and industry engagement. The MacDiarmid Institute aims to transform New Zealand’s economy by catalysing the growth of new export industries. The Institute has a proud record of spinning out new high-tech companies. MacDiarmid investigators spun out three new companies in 2017, SpotCheck, Sapvax and Silventum, while recent spinouts continued their successful trajectories – gaining […]

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3 Into the Communtiy – Annual Report 2017

The MacDiarmid Institute has a long history of supporting sustained community engagement activities by our investigators, from the DiscoveryCamp programme for Māori and Pasifika high school students that has been running since the Institute was founded, to the physics teachers’ workshops developed by Professor Michele Governale and Associate Professor Ben Ruck over the last three […]

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Media coverage of MacDiarmid Principal Investigator Professor Juliet Gerrard’s appointment as PM’s science advisor

Professor Gerrad’s appointment has been covered by the NZ Herald, stuff.co.nz, and TheSpinoff.

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Jun
28
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28
May
30

MacDiarmid Researcher and University of Auckland Professor David Williams shortlisted for 2018 KiwiNet Award

MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology Principal Investigator and University of Auckland Professor David Williams was today announced as a finalist for the KiwiNet Baldwins Researchers Entrepreneur Award. This award recognises an entrepreneurial researcher who has made outstanding contributions to business innovation or has created innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licensing, start-up […]

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Annual Report 2017

This is the MacDiarmid 2017 annual report. The report as a whole can be accessed here (pdf).   0 Introduction 0.1 Director’s report 0.2 Chair’s report   1 Out of the lab 1.1 Water quality testing and medical diagnostics 1.2 Taking the heat off 1.3 Painting semiconductors 1.4 The solar panel revolution 1.5 Science is […]

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4.3 Recipients of business scholarships – Annual Report 2017

In 2017 for the first time we offered competitive MBA scholarships to our alumni, and awarded the following: Nihan Aydemir, PhD 2016: Final course for Masters of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship, University of Auckland Nihan will use this scholarship for the completion of a Masters of Commercialization and Entrepreneurship. She hopes to take what she learns […]

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4.2 Future Leaders Programme – Annual Report 2017

Our 2017 Future Leaders Programme – an annual two-day workshop for our emerging scientists – was themed commercialisation and industry career development. Students took a plunge into the world of a science entrepreneur and reflected on how to pitch themselves for industry careers, culminating in the opportunity to network with many of our industry partners […]

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4.1 Into the future – Annual Report 2017

With 624 PhD students and 190 Postdoctoral Fellows having graduated and found their way in the wider world after their time with the MacDiarmid Institute, it’s not surprising to see some real success stories. Here are three recent examples. MacDiarmid alumnus Dr Andrew Preston’s start-up company Publons was acquired by international data analysis company Clarivate […]

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3.11 The three-minute video challenge – Annual Report 2017

This year MESA again challenged MacDiarmid students and researchers to produce a three- minute video clip presenting their research to the general public (on a level that could be enjoyed and understood by a curious teenager). The panel of judges were Toby Manhire (The Spinoff); Dacia Herbulock (Science Media Centre); and MacDiarmid Principal Investigator and […]

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3.10 Nanocamp and DiscoveryCamp

The 2017 NanoCamp and DiscoveryCamp again saw high numbers of applications from Year 12 and 13 secondary school students. The five-day, all-expenses-paid residential programmes give students an opportunity to learn about nanoscience through lectures and lab experience with MacDiarmid investigators. This year the programmes were run by Principal Investigators Dr Natalie Plank (Wellington, Discovery), Dr […]

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3.9 Cluster hui – Annual Report 2017

The MacDiarmid Institute’s 15th annual cluster hui on nanoclusters was held in Glenorchy in November. 29 MacDiarmid scientists from four universities presented a huge range of work within the cluster umbrella. Presentation topics included optimisation of gas dynamic virtual nozzles for bioimaging applications, the use of evolutionary algorithms for nanocluster morphology determination, and the development […]

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3.8 Bootcamp – Annual Report 2017

Twenty MacDiarmid students and postdocs attended the annual MacDiarmid Emerging Students Association (MESA) Bootcamp in Kaiteriteri in November, spending the first day presenting and hearing about each other’s research. It was an opportunity to hear what others in the MacDiarmid Institute do and to open up collaboration possibilities. They spent the second day hearing MacDiarmid […]

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3.7 Partnering with The Spinoff – Annual Report 2017

As Science Page Partner for The Spinoff online magazine, we’ve provided a platform for over 100 articles on science, in areas ranging from climate change to women in science, to nanotechnology. Our partnership has created a place where all science and articles on materials science in particular can reach the general public. This included a […]

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3.6 Social media – Annual Report 2017

We used social media to engage our followers about the Women In Nanoscience lecture series, on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Tweets linking to articles about Dr Carla Meledrandi and Professor Cather Simpson, for example, had a potential reach of 9.3 thousand which shows many were interested in the work and lives of our scientists. Through […]

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3.5 Physics teachers workshops – Annual Report 2017

Physics Teachers Workshops Principal Investigators and Victoria University of Wellington researchers Professor Michele Governale and Associate Professor Ben Ruck continued their popular hands-on programme for high- school physics teachers. The programme, which has been running since 2015, took the workshops to physics teachers in Palmerston North and Dunedin, in collaboration with the Dodd- Walls CoRE. […]

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3.4 Kōrero – Annual Report 2017

The 2017 Kōrero programme was again led by MacDiarmid Principal Investigators Associate Professor Duncan Macgillivray (University of Auckland), Professor Eric Le Ru (Victoria University of Wellington) and Professor Paul Kruger (University of Canterbury). The programme, where MacDiarmid scientsts teach nanoscience directly to teachers, reached 139 primary and early childhood teachers in Auckland, Wellington, Porirua and […]

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3.3 Women in Mathematical Sciences – Annual Report 2017

The MacDiarmid co-sponsored the first Mirzahkani Hui for Lower North Island Women in Mathematical Sciences Conference was in December. The meeting brought together 20 women involved in mathematics, physics, physical chemistry, statistics, and computer science in the Palmerton North and Wellington regions. These women were researchers and teachers from universities and industry, from a variety […]

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3.2 Women in nanoscience – Annual Report 2017

This year 19 women from the MacDiarmid Institute travelled to seven regional centres to tell their personal stories of life in science. They gave their own perspectives on what it is like being a woman in the physical sciences (physics, chemistry or engineering) – an area of science largely populated by men. Dr Carla Meledandri, […]

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3.1 Extending our engagement – Annual Report 2017

House of Science By partnering with House of Science, we enabled the Tauranga- based charity to begin their nation-wide roll-out of their science box scheme. House of Science provides science resource kits and professional development to schools and teachers. The new MacDiarmid Nano-Chem boxes are based on our longstanding Kōrero programme (and include experiments with […]

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2.3 Spinouts formed in 2017 – Annual Report 2017

Sapvax Margaret Brimble – Co-Founder Silventum Limited Carla Meledandri SpotCheck Technologies Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, David Williams

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2.2 Patents – Annual Report 2017

Margaret Brimble “Quinoline Sulfonamide Compounds and their use as Antibacterial Agents” US Provisional Patent Application 62/608,141, 2017 “Peptide Conjugate CGRP Receptor Antagonists and Methods of Preparation and Uses Thereof” NZ Patent Application 736960, 2017 “Peptide Conjugates, Conjugation Process and Uses Thereof” NZ Patent Application 735008, 2017 “Tumour-targeting Peptide Variants” GB Patent Application 1706472.6, 2017 “Amino […]

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2.1 The business science interface – Annual Report 2017

The science end of business meets the business end of science New Zealand companies have finite resources to develop innovative technology for global markets. Yet right down the road from some of these local companies are scientists from the MacDiarmid Institute, leading the world in some of these very same areas. While the main research […]

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1.5 Science is beautiful – Annual Report 2017

Scientists don’t often call the focus of their work gorgeous, but this is the exact term that Principal Investigator Professor Shane Telfer uses to describe the metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) he is creating in the lab. “Under a microscope they look quite beautiful,” says Professor Telfer. “Out of the gloop we use to produce MOFs, emerge […]

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1.10 AMN8 – 8th international conference on advanced materials and nanotechnology – Annual Report 2017

The biennial AMN conferences are becoming increasingly international, with 69 percent of the more than 500 delegates to AMN8 coming from overseas and including some of the best researchers in Materials Science. AMN8 Outreach The event was much more than a typical Materials Science conference: Manchester University Professor David Leigh spoke to 680 Christchurch students […]

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1.9 New associate investigators – Annual Report 2017

Dr Philip Brydon, University of Otago Superconductivity is a low-temperature quantum state of matter where electricity can flow without resistance. Despite intense study, we still have a poor understanding of the many unconventional superconductors. Philip’s research aims to develop a microscopic description of these enigmatic, but technologically important, superconductors that relates to their observable properties. […]

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1.6 Using physics to boost New Zealand’s milk powder export industry – Annual Report 2017

Unlike most of us, when physicist Dr Geoff Willmott thinks about milk, he thinks about droplets, surfaces and heat. And he’s eager to use surface interactions to solve problems in the dairy industry. “I’m pretty big on this type of thing – supporting New Zealand industry with our research – and often we, as university […]

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1.4 The solar panel revolution – Annual Report 2017

When we imagine solar panels, we think of hard rectangular frames sitting on roofs, or spread out across expanses of deserts. But imagine flexible, bendy solar panels, supple enough to skim a curved roof, pliable enough to be rolled up and transported easily, lightweight enough to be a thin film for the roof of a […]

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1.3 Painting semiconductors – Annual Report 2017

Painting semiconductor surfaces to create sensors Imagine a point-of-care electronic blood test that can provide an immediate result in a doctor’s surgery, instead of the current tests that have to be sent away to a lab. The blood test device would plug into a mobile phone to provide a reading, and would be cheap and […]

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1.2 Taking the heat off – Annual Report 2017

Each time you type into Google and hit ‘search’, somewhere in the world a data centre responds. This data centre – a repository for masses of information – will be one of many worldwide (there are even four in New Zealand). Globally, data centres use almost ten times as much electricity per year as the […]

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1.1 Water quality testing and medical diagnostics – Annual Report 2017

With nearly all cancer deaths caused by metastasis – cells breaking away from the primary cancer and spreading through blood and lymph nodes to other parts of the body – hunting for metastatic cells is a priority in cancer diagnosis. Finding metastatic cancer cells in blood is a bit like looking for a needle in […]

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0.2 Chair’s report – Annual Report 2017

One of the main achievements in 2017 was the hosting of the Interface challenge where MacDiarmid investigators were paired up with a variety of industry challenges. Feedback from the industry participants was unbelievably positive, highlighting to me that what goes on inside our “University ivory towers” is not usually seen as very accessible by the […]

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0.1 Director’s report – Annual Report 2017

2017 has been another exceptional year for the MacDiarmid Institute; from our AMN8 international conference in February, and our expanding industry collaborations, through to our growing engagement with schools and communities. Excellent science has always been the bedrock of everything we do. This is continually endorsed externally, for example by the Nature Science Index 2016, […]

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May
08

Change in leadership sees MacDiarmid Institute head in new direction

Chair of the MacDiarmid Institute Board, Paul Atkins, today announced the appointment of Associate Professor Nicola Gaston and Associate Professor Justin Hodgkiss as Co-Directors of the Institute. “I’m delighted to see both Associate Professor Gaston and Associate Professor Hodgkiss take up the roles of Co-Director of the MacDiarmid Institute.  Both have long experience as MacDiarmid […]

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Apr
27

Productivity Commission cites MacDiarmid Institute as key organisation contributing to low emissions materials and technologies

MacDiarmid Institute welcomes Productivity Commission Report on Low Emissions Economy MacDiarmid Deputy Director Dr Geoff Willmott today welcomed the Productivity Commission Report on Low Emissions Economy. The report notes the MacDiarmid Institute has research strength in this area. “We welcome the Commission’s call for more research into low-emissions research and development. The report correctly identifies […]

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DANCING WITH ATOMS: PAUL CALLAGHAN

World Premiere Embassy Theatre Sunday, 20 May, 3.30pm to 5.30pm Tickets $25/$15 for children 16 and under and students with ID https://dancingwithatoms.eventbrite.co.nz/, door sales on 1st floor (cash and eftpos) Watch the trailer here. All proceeds to the Cancer Society of NZ   DANCING WITH ATOMS A documentary film by Point of View Productions In […]

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Commercialisation Manager at the MacDiarmid Institute for Advance Materials and Nanotechnology

The MacDiarmid Institute is a Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) and is hosted by Victoria University of Wellington. The MacDiarmid Institute has researchers based in seven partner organisations – University of Auckland, Massey University, University of Canterbury, University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington, GNS Science and Callaghan Innovation. The Commercialisation Manager may be based […]

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Apr
19

Call for new Associate Investigators

Call for new Associate Investigators (AIs) The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology   Deadline: 10th May 2018   The MacDiarmid Institute invites applications for new Associate Investigators (AIs).   Selection criteria: All investigators have to support and implement the vision and mission of the MacDiarmid Institute; AIs have to contribute to one or […]

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DANCING WITH ATOMS: PAUL CALLAGHAN

World Premiere Embassy Theatre Sunday, 20 May, 3.30pm to 5.30pm Tickets $25/$15 for children 16 and under and students with ID https://dancingwithatoms.eventbrite.co.nz/, door sales on 1st floor (cash and eftpos) Watch the trailer here. All proceeds to the Cancer Society of NZ   DANCING WITH ATOMS A documentary film by Point of View Productions In […]

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Micronutrient profiling of human breast-milk derived exosomes

Frontiers in Genetics paper about studying exosomes derived from human breast milk from MacDiarmid alumni and VUW lecturer Dr Renee Goreham and MacDiarmid PI Professor Thomas Nann. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fgene.2018.00092/full More info: A collaborative review article on exosomes found in breastmilk, paying particular attention to the proteomics and biochemistry. This review was motivated by the research interests […]

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MacDiarmid Institute Equity Policy

MacDiarmid Institute Equity Policy. Read More (opens pdf)

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Mar
08

Call for Personal Post-Doctoral Fellowships by 10th April 2018

Call for Personal Post-Doctoral Fellowships The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology Deadline: 10 th April 2018 The MacDiarmid Institute invites applications for new Personal Post-Doctoral Fellowships. Up to five positions are available in this round of funding. Funding will be awarded for a fixed term, full-time (37½ hour week) position with the employment […]

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Computer chips that work like human brains may ease global energy problem

Professor Simon Brown, MacDiarmid Principal Investigator at the University of Canterbury, and his research regarding neuromorphic computer chips is featured on TVNZ and at the idealog.

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Mar
06

Dr Carla Meledandri on RadioNZ

Dr Carla Meledandri, 2017 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize Winner, appeared on RadioNZ on several occasions to present her exciting research. http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/2018631847/our-changing-world-for-15-february-2018 http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/2018631849/science-speed-dating-leads-to-top-award http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018632547/nanotechnology-can-save-your-teeth-carla-meledandri

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Mar
06

Harvard Professor Daniel Nocera – Fuels to Food from Sunlight, Air, and Water

Harvard Professor and MacDiarmid Institute International Science Board member Dan Nocera talk at the Royal Society: Fuels to Food from Sunlight, Air, and Water. 20 February 2018. Read more at RadioNZ and TheSpinoff.                      Professor Nocera’s talk at the Royal Society

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Dec
12

MacDiarmid Professor Shane Telfer helps easing life for asthmatics

Scientists hope to help asthma sufferers and others needing oxygen at home by developing ‘molecular sponges’ with nanoscale-sized pores to purify the air. There’s possibly nothing more frightening than struggling to take a breath. Something asthmatics and others with respiratory diseases know all too well. Many of these people depend on portable oxygen concentrators, small […]

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Jenny Malmström on RadioNZ

Associate Investigator Jenny Malmstrom talks to RadioNZ about stem cells, implants and materials science. Read more

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Sep
04

Women in Nanoscience

In the light of the MacDiarmid regional lecture series we gathered some pieces where women in Nanoscience tell their stories: Dr Carla Meledandri Professor Cather Simpson

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Professor Cather Simpson

Professor Cather Simpson MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator and Professor at University of Auckland. Tell us a fact no one knows about you I was the only girl alongside 299 boys in the under-15 baseball league and I played second base for the championship team Anything else? My entire scientific career is based on a bet […]

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Aug
28

Dr Carla Meledandri

MacDiarmid Principal Investigator Dr Carla Meledandri runs a busy chemistry lab at the University of Otago, specialising in nanoscale materials. Back in 2011 she and her collaborator, Dr Don Schwass from the Faculty of Dentistry, had an inkling her research could lend itself to potential commercial applications using nanosilver for dentistry. After being awarded an […]

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AMN8: The Solar Revolution

Oxford Prof Henry Snaith and VUW Assoc Prof Justin Hodgkiss discuss ‘The Solar Revoluation’ to the Royal Society in Wanaka, February 2017

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AMN8: Women in Nanoscience

Women in Nanoscience talk  about their lives and work at the AMN8 Women in Nanoscience panel, February 2017

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