Author: Editorial Team

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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Sep
22

Nano-LEGO® – assembling functional nanoparticles

Thomas Nann et al. Nanomaterials and their mesoscopic properties have fascinated many scientists in recent years. The general public associates Nanotechnology probably more with microscopic robots as depicted in Figure 1. Figure 1: Artistic view of a micro-submarine in a blood vessel. CONEYL JAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY To date, there is still a huge […]

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Sep
21

Electronic devices assembled by protein building blocks

Electronic devices assembled by protein building blocks Hodgkiss, Gerrard, Plank, et al Natural proteins have evolved amino acid sequences that adhere to each other with exceptional strength and specificity. In a highlight publication this month,1 a team of biologists, chemists, and physicists exploited such sequences to encode the assembly of electronic devices from hybrid materials. […]

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Aug
07

The Energy Revolution is happening now……

Watch THE ENERGY REVOLUTION by Justin Hodgkiss and Luke Liu and get an overview of the global and local energy situation. Learn about the rapid advances in solar and carbon capture technologies – the installed solar energy capacity worldwide is doubling every 22 months, but despite leading the science, New Zealand is a late adopter. […]

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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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Jul
09

The bionic eye is here!

Kiwi brainpower behind the gift of sight.  Two Kiwi scientists, one being MacDiarmid alumnus Dr David Garrett, are helping to give a very special gift to the blind over in Australia. Bionic eye on TVNZ show Seven Sharp  

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Jul
06
Jul
04

TV3: Chemistry show illuminates science behind light

A visiting chemistry teaching fellow from the University of Cambridge has brought his bag of tricks to New Zealand in a bid to show it’s more than just a flash in the pan. Dr Peter Wothers, who has an MBE for services to chemistry, is in the country with the Chemistry of Light Show filled […]

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Jun
26

Over … And … Out

Next week I am stepping down as Director of the Institute, having taken up the role of Vice-Provost (Research) at VUW in January this year, so this is my last Update. No more desperately trying to come up with something interesting, informative, hopefully occasionally thought provoking and maybe even evocative and controversial every couple of […]

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Jun
25

New Director for the MacDiarmid Institute

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is delighted to announce that Dr Thomas Nann has been appointed as the new Director of the Institute, and will start with us on 17th August. Along with this appointment, Thomas will also be Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, in the School of Chemical and Physical […]

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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
21

What Industry Wants

At certain times of year, usually when a grant round has been announced, academics will pick up the phone and ring people in industry to drum up support for their applications.

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Jun
21

Professor Alison Downard – Excellent leadership on an international stage

Part of a series of stories from the Public Annual Report. This profile  comes from the Scientific Excellence section. To say that 2014 was a good year for Professor Alison Downard is a bit of an understatement. Even her admission that it was ‘really good’ is somewhat shy of the mark, given that she was made […]

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Jun
21

Dr Jenny Malmstrom – Developing the future science leaders

Part of a series of stories from the 2014 Public Annual Report. This profile comes from the Leadership section where we discuss all the things the Institute is doing to help develop “scientifically astute, entrepreneurial and socially active leaders.”   The MacDiarmid Institute is dedicated to growing and developing scientifically astute, entrepreneurial and socially active leaders at all stages […]

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Jun
21

Dr Eva Anton: The Postdoc experience

2014 MacDiarmid Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Eva Anton works in an exciting field. She is part of the rare-earth nitrides team that is growing materials that are both semiconducting and ferromagnetic , making them an attractive proposition for a new generation of electronic devices. Eva first came to the team after meeting Emiritus Professor Joe […]

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Jun
19

Thank you to our Deputy Directors

Professor Alison Downard is stepping down as our Deputy Director Stakeholder Engagement at the end of this month having held the position for two years. During this time Alison has played an incredibly important role. She came into the position at a very crucial time in the history of the institute, just a couple of […]

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Jun
05

Our new Emeritus Investigators

Quiet week this week, no controversy, think I did enough of that last time. This week it is time to shine the light on others. But first THANK YOU to the huge number of people I know and don’t know who contacted me and thanked me for speaking out on issues that they believe need […]

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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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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
22

Government funding… Tight, tighter, tightest!

We keep trying to get ‘it’ right: Government funding in a limited resources environment. Some recent things have highlighted just how tight things are really getting in the area of Government funding; reviews and refreshes are taking place, but meantime we all have to deal with functioning in a seemingly ever tightening resource environment. With […]

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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

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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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

What gets measured, gets done… What then is a meaningful set of KPIs?

Not everything that is valuable can be measured so how are these things included via an evidence base? You hear it a lot, and there is plenty of evidence out there to show, that if you set a numerical target for something, measure and monitor it then lo and behold you’ll achieve it. Why? Well […]

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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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Apr
24

Vision Mātauranga: partnering to create a new tomorrow

Last year, thanks to the initial work and foresight of Desi Ramoo, we began a relationship with Nihi Houia and Ron Hough of Ngā Hononga Marae (Charitable) Trust in Whanganui. Nihi and Ron visited us in Wellington and then in turn welcomed us in Whanganui. Very quickly it was evident that they shared our vision […]

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Apr
24

Early career researchers to attend international workshop

  The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to be sponsoring three students attending the Australian Nanotechnology Network’s Nanotechnology Entrepreneurship Workshop for early career researchers at Griffiths University on the Gold Coast in June. The aim of this symposium is to provide a forum for early career researchers (ECRs) and postgraduate students working on nanotechnology research to […]

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Apr
17

Funding boost will help joint science projects with iwi groups

Project leader (MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator) Andreas Markwitz, of GNS Science, said findings would lead to an improved understanding of the health effects of volcanic eruptions and geothermal events in the central North Island. “The improved knowledge and understanding will help to underpin health monitoring and support geothermal and Māori tourism. It will also help […]

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Apr
17

Publons pair get scientific publishing moving faster

Frustrated by the glacial pace of academic research, Daniel Johnston and MacDiarmid Institute Alumnus Andrew Preston decided to propel scientific publishing into the 21st century. Everybody thinks of science as moving at a blistering pace, but it’s actually one of the most technologically challenged industries out there,” Johnston says. Preston was working as a physicist […]

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Apr
10

Getting Ready for Market: what role science and scientists?

We maybe think this doesn’t or shouldn’t pertain to us as scientists but in fact we get ready for market all the time; what makes us believe that expanding our market in order to make available the outcomes of our work to so-called end users is any less worth our time and efforts, any less […]

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Mar
27

What are the right career demographics?

And exactly how do you successfully succession plan? These two things might seem somewhat connected but not necessarily that they go totally hand in hand, but based on everything that I have been involved with lately, consideration of these two and working to get them right seem paramount for capturing (and assuring???) success today and […]

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Mar
13

What is a PhD? How do we ensure it is fit for purpose for researchers, businesses and society?

The PhD degree has been around a very long time. Has it evolved appropriately to ensure that it is really delivering for the future needs and employability of our students, our research and education communities, the national and international business communities and more broadly society as a whole? There was a time when, for the […]

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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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Mar
12

Kōrero with scientists 2015

Korero With Scientists resources are available to download here. Kōrero with Scientists: brings primary and early childhood educators and scientists together in ways that help teachers to understand and deliver the Nature of Science curriculum. The kōrero will demonstrate how scientists do science, give participants hands-on experience in experimental science and explain the underlying concepts. Participants will […]

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Mar
03

Ruth Knibbe: Using a Scanning Electron Microscope

Materials engineer Dr Ruth Knibbe uses a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to image her own samples and samples for other scientists. Unlike a light microscope, an SEM uses a focused beam of electrons to produce images from the top surface of a sample. “So you don’t get lots of information from the bulk of your sample, […]

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Feb
28

Governance Boards for Research Grants: really the best way to use our resources and people?

Blog Friday 27 February 2015 Funding in the research sector has significantly changed over the past few years and more change is to come. One thing that is rapidly becoming a constant across all of this change, however, is the requirement/proliferation of “Governance Boards”. Right now we have 11 Centres of Research Excellence and in […]

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Feb
13

MacDiarmid Institute’s Seventh International Conference Huge Success

This past week we have been in Nelson hosting our seventh international conference, attended by over 500 delegates and superbly organised by our Principal Investigator Shane Telfer (Massey University) and his team. In addition to the hundreds of science presentations we have been involved in a range of outreach activities during the week. This tradition […]

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Feb
10

Science meets art in nanophotography

A series of compelling photos of the nano-sized world hopes to raise the public’s fascination. The Small Matters event at Nelson’s Provincial Museum offers 50 works on the scale of a billionth of a meter in size, organiser Simon Brown said. “Giving people an insight into what really is a different world – the world […]

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Feb
09

Opportunity: Alan MacDiarmid Professor and Director of The MacDiarmid Institute

Applications are now closed The MacDiarmid Institute is a Centre of Research Excellence hosted by Victoria University of Wellington.  We  are  seeking  an  individual  with  a  strong  passion  for  scientific  research  and  education and the  desire  to lead an institute  of high  national and international standing. The  successful  applicant    will    have    an    excellent    track    record    […]

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Jan
30

Things anew

Welcome back everyone. I hope that this finds everyone in good health and feeling revived and inspired following the Christmas and New Year period.  We’ve started the New Year with some big changes and advances placing us in a position of strength as we head into our third contract supporting our work in the institute. […]

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Jan
26

A public talk with Dr Michelle Dickinson in Nelson

The MacDiarmid Institute, together with the Nelson Science Society, warmly invites you to a presentation by Dr Michelle Dickinson, aka Nanogirl, winner of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Communication Award.  Michelle is a member of the MacDiarmid Institute, which is holding this public talk in association with its biennial international conference, AMN-7 this year in […]

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Jan
23

SMALL MATTERS – ART FROM THE WORLD OF NANOTECHNOLOGY

Nelson played host to 500 of the world’s leading scientists at the MacDiarmid Institute’s biennial international conference on nanotechnology, AMN-7 from 8-12 February.  Alongside the conference the public had a chance to see some of the astonishing work of our New Zealand scientists, through an exhibition of images from nanotechnology research. Nanotechnology is the science of […]

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Dec
18

Institute welcomes new Board Chair, Dr Ray Thomson

2015 brings a changing of the guard for the Representative Governance Board of The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.  Departing Chair Dr Steve Thompson, who has held the position since 2010, shared his reflections on his time with the Institute; “We have taken the Insititute through its ‘teenage’ years where we evolved from […]

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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. As […]

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Dec
16

Thank you, Farewell, Welcome and a Challenge

Last week was the final meeting of our current Board with several of our Board members leaving us. Steve Thompson our Board Chair is stepping down after five years in the role. He is joined by Jane Harding (University of Auckland), Charles Daugherty (Victoria University of Wellington), Fred Samandari (University of Canterbury) and Roger Ridley. […]

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Dec
10

Industry Tiki Tours, November 2014

 Auckland – story by Dr Geoff Willmott A handful of curious MacDiarmid Institute students from Auckland and Canterbury participated in the inaugural MESA and MacDiarmid “Industry Tiki Tour”. This involved site visits to three exporting manufacturers in Auckland, in addition to a presentation from Rocket Lab. First stop was Buckley Systems, so we jumped on […]

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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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Dec
08

A Place to Live, Whanganui 2014

In November 2014 The MacDiarmid Institute and Victoria University of Wellington hosted A Place to Live – a national forum held in Whanganui, building on themes from the 2012 Transit of Venus Forum. The forum we discussed improving the environments and economies of our regions and smaller centres, places which offer wonderful lifestyles and also contribute significantly to national […]

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Dec
04

A Place To Live – Full RNZ recordings

In November 2014, The MacDiarmid Institute hosted a forum called A Place to Live : for the life worth having in Whanganui focussed on the link between economic and environmental health in New Zealand, in particular in the regions and smaller centres. Kim Hill chaired the event, which featured a number of talks and panel […]

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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
28

The November Crush: the season of national meetings/conferences/symposia

A call for all of us (including Government Ministries and Agencies) to rethink our annual calendars In the last two weeks I have been to the MacDiarmid Institute’s public forum A Place to Live, the Institute’s Annual Investigators’ meeting in parallel with our Annual Student and Post-doc Symposium, the first ever cross-CoRE meeting and the […]

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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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Nov
24

Forum focuses on nature’s role

The children who race down Victoria Ave on their scooters to get to school struck journalist Rod Oram as an indicator of the good life in Wanganui. He was one of the 40-plus speakers at the A Place to Live conference last week. It started with Dame Anne Salmond’s lecture on Sunday night and finished […]

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Nov
13

3D molecular sponges

Hydrogen has been touted as one alternative to fossil fuels, but for planes or even cars to run on hydrogen, the gas needs to be stored in large quantities. One method for storing hydrogen and other gases are materials called metal-organic frameworks (or MOFs), which are a bit like 3D molecular sponges or sieves. “The […]

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Nov
13

Tech hubs will help regional life survive

Technology and innovation hubs are lifelines for regions like Northland, according to a researcher behind an economic and environmental three-day conference in Whanganui this weekend, which will see two Northlanders speak about one successful regional project. Northland Regional Council chairperson Bill Shepherd will join manager of Reconnecting Northland and keynote speaker, David Mules, at A […]

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Energy Objective 2: Sustainability

The development of metal-organic frameworks will allow us to create new materials capable of gas storage and remediation; this major international challenge will lead to high impact science and leading edge training. The 6 year science specific high-level impacts for this objective are: A platform of porous materials capable of storing methane, purifying natural gas […]

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Energy Objective 1: Solar Photovoltaics

The understanding of photovoltaics combined with the development of new materials and realisation of new fabrication technologies will allow us to contribute to this major international challenge and provide high impact results and leading edge training for our graduate students. The 6 year science specific high-level impacts for this objective are: New printable organic, quantum […]

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Objective 3: Modelling the behaviour of new and emergent materials.

Hand in hand with these experimental investigations into materials we have theoretical and modelling projects where the dreams of materials with unconventional excitations can be realised in Objective 3. It is very efficient and achievable to explore the parameter space of electronics and optics with computer based models. Questions about how the input nanoscale structure […]

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Objective 2: New Frontiers in spin polarised & superconducting materials

Within Objective 2 materials that have technological applications in superconductivity and magnetism will be explored. Here a common theme is enhanced performance of a device through management of the spin of its constituent electrons. There are amazing new applications and significant performance enhancements to the digital logic of electronics, if only the up and down […]

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Objective 1: Nano-engineered surfaces for tailored electronic and optical properties

Research in Objective 1 has the common theme that surfaces of materials have the power to harm or hinder the performance of an electronic system. Through understanding the causes we will be able to control the characteristics to find exciting new science or realise a commercial function. For example, we will use the interface between […]

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Objective 2: Tools for the Nanoscale

“Tools for the Nanoscale” is concerned with developing a set of novel tools and measurement platforms specifically to explore the mechanical properties of soft interfaces and how these translate into response and control of living cells. The tools will be used to explore the properties of the structures we make and to provide design data […]

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Objective 1: Synthesis and Assembly

The first objective in our Functional nanostructures science area “Synthesis and Assembly”, is directed at making the basic functional units then assembling these into the hierarchically-organised multi-functional product. This objective requires research on the assembly of macromolecules, both natural and synthetic, and the way in which such assemblies can organise smaller molecules that carry the […]

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Nov
10

Tomorrows Electronic Devices

Materials Century Demands High Value Products – an introduction to Materials for High Value Technologies with Science Leader Professor Simon Brown. The landscape for New Zealand’s High Value Manufacturing (HVM) sector will be energised by research on new materials that create economic value, and provide solutions to social and environmental challenges. An embedded culture of […]

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Nov
10

Materials for Energy Capture and Utilisation

Energy for the future – an introduction to Materials for energy capture and utilisation with Science Leader Professor Paul Kruger. New technologies specifically targeted to solar energy capture and new materials that will move us towards realising a sustainable future will be in development. Overview and Summary of Goals Materials technology for energy harvesting and […]

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Nov
10

Functional Nanostructures

Bridging the gap – an introduction to Functional nanostructures, with Science Leader Professor Bill Williams. Materials, with designs inspired by, or manufactured using, biology will be created and used in, for example, photovoltaic materials, medicine, medical technologies, diagnostics, bioseparations, sensors and drug delivery. Creation of these new functional nanostructured materials with their enhanced capabilities will […]

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Oct
31

Does our future rely on our presence offshore?

Over the weekend on Q&A (http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news/universities-should-expand-overseas-joyce-video-6116620) the Minister for Tertiary Education, the Hon Steven Joyce, as we all knew he would, and clearly sooner rather than later, started to expand on and more fully articulate his plans for change, growth and diversification of New Zealand’s tertiary education sector and in particular universities’ need to do […]

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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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Oct
30

Protein Nano-LEGO

“We are really interested in making things smaller these days,” says PhD student Amy Yewdall from the University of Canterbury. “And we’re thinking of proteins as a nanomaterial that we can use as building blocks for future machines, so you’ve got nanomachines that we can make, or biosensors.” In particular, Amy is working with proteins called […]

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Oct
17

Women of Influence and Young Science Communicators: Movers and Shakers of Our Future

The first celebrating New Zealand Women, a Fairfax Media and Westpac initiative, now it its second year, and the second New Zealand’s young science communicators in the Sir Paul Callaghan EUREKA! Awards, a Rotary initiative running now for three years. Professor Margaret Brimble, an Associate Investigator in the institute and based in the School of […]

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Oct
16

Marae keen to start up incubator

One of New Zealand’s most distinguished science bodies has formed an alliance with Wanganui’s Te Hononga Marae Trust. The director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Kate McGrath, said the two signed a memorandum of understanding three weeks ago at Patiarero Marae on the Whanganui River. A former student of the institute, […]

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Oct
06

The Best 100 Science Experiments – Round 2!

Children need to engage with science as early as possible; the more science the better, for them and society. “Presenting science in ways that give students the same sense of excitement and challenge that motivates grown-up scientists is important” says The MacDiarmid Institute’s Deputy Director Stakeholder Engagement Professor Alison Downard, “that’s the thinking behind our […]

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Oct
04

Trust and Science Institute Join Forces

A Whanganui charitable trust has signed a partnership with a top New Zealand research institute which it hopes will produce more Maori scientists. Nga Hononga Marae Trust has signed a memorandum of understanding with The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. The manager of the trust said the two organisations will undertake community-based science […]

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Diversity of Perspective and Activities Following a Shared Vision

On Thursday last week at Hiruharama Marae, Whanganui River we formalised a partnership with the Ngā Hononga (Charitable) Marae Trust. The Trust, like us are working to build something more by utilising people’s collective efforts. They recognise the value and importance of education, participation and science in first imagining and then delivering a sustainable future […]

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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
29

Percolating Cluster Devices

When clusters (nanoparticles) are randomly deposited on a surface they produce percolating films which have remarkable electrical properties. [1] Here we will focus on devices that contain percolating films of Sn and Pb clusters, and especially those that are deliberately constructed so as to guarantee that the film is close to the percolation threshold (onset […]

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Sep
25

Partnership will strengthen Māori innovation and capability

Partnership will strengthen Māori innovation and capability A memorandum of understanding was signed in Whanganui on Thursday September 24 2014, between The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and Ngā Hononga Marae (Charitable) Trust. Together, the two organisations will undertake community-based science programmes to develop learning opportunities for young Māori, while also indentifying and […]

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Sep
19

Leveraging resources, growing resources, diversifying income streams

But if we are always looking at only one source from which to get the more, then that is never going to be sustainable and so ultimately isn’t a viable strategy. Last week the application results for the 2014 MBIE funding round were released, as always there were major winners and losers. A massive congratulations […]

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Images of Nanotechnology Competition

Entries are now open for the third Images of Nanotechnology Competition to find the best NZ images from nanotechnology research. An exhibition of selected images will be held in Nelson in February, in conjunction with the AMN7 conference and $2000 in prizes will be awarded, courtesy of the MacDiarmid Institute. Up to three entries can […]

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