Author: Editorial Team

Do you have your why? Your big goal? And can you use it to capture and share passion?

The what you would ultimately like to come from all of yours and maybe many others efforts? What is your goal that you can share with others in such a way that they would think that your research is important and interesting and allow them to share in your passion, even if it is just […]

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Sep
05

Women of Influence Profiled

Four MacDiarmind Institute Investigators; Margaret Brimble, Michelle Dickinson, Nicola Gaston and Kathryn McGrath have been shortlisted in the Fairfax Media and Westpac Women of Excellence Awards. The Innovation and Science category recognises women who are driving innovation within a business, workplace or community, through their work in the sciences, medicine, academia, IT and biotechnology, finance, engineering or in organisational design and management.    Source: […]

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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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Aug
22

Are there too many groupings of scientists or is there just not enough strategic oversight?

They commented that their first impressions were that the science landscape here seems full of groups of scientists and science infrastructure people, each of which is purportedly doing similar things (and at worst advertising that they do something and when you look closer that isn’t where the money is going at all). As a consequence […]

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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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Aug
08

Is it just me??!!

Can I just call a time out for a bit! Maybe I am feeling a bit in the need of being indulgent, possibly even being indulged, at the moment, but is it possible to actually just stop for a bit? Catch our breath? Have a look at the landscape that we are now occupying and […]

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Aug
06

A better understanding of graphene

Story By Ruth Beran “We make power bits run around in dark stuff” was the title of Chun Y Cheah’s winning entry in the Up-Goer Five Challenge* held at The MacDiarmid Institute’s ninth student and postdoc symposium held in November 2013. He was describing his research using only words from a list of the ten hundred […]

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Jul
25

Delivering culture change: uncertainty, trust, identification

While this alone is critical to the future development of New Zealand, our pursuit of providing an outstanding educational environment for our emerging scientists also provides us with the opportunity to achieve much more than just multiplying ourselves in our own images. We can use this opportunity along with our emerging scientists themselves to change […]

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Jul
11

Strategic vs. Mission-led Research: Vision, Leadership, Purpose

Or perhaps it is that we don’t like being told what to do by certain people? Or maybe it is just the way that something is contexturalised that sets up the brick wall for us as opposed to who in particular is doing the asking? When you consider the research funding vehicles that New Zealand […]

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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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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
27

Taking our outreach activities to the next level

An extension of our very successful and long running series of classes in Wellington, and our next national public forum – A Place to Live went live! Both of these outreach activities are part of extended partnerships that enable us to have greater reach and deliver more impact.  Both are geared to bring together different […]

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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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Jun
13

Programme based research, how do you make it work and why is it worth the effort?

For me it is essentially where a bunch of people come together, assess their skills, knowledge and expertise and collectively decide what research question they are able to tackle or particular outcome they will work to deliver by utilising all, or some subset, of their skills. The research question or outcome is something that would […]

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May
30

What are we trying to achieve?

Most of us at some point have, if not actually created one, contemplated creating a 5 year plan. A plan in which we set a pathway, have something we are working towards, an outcome that we want to create or attain. We work out ways in which we can ensure that we will achieve the […]

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May
16

MacDiarmid Institute Refunded: Thank you and congratulations

With the news that we have been successful in gaining funding through to the end of 2020 I get to be a bit self-indulgent this week and focus on thanking people for their participation and support during the past year or so as we developed the strategy for the bid. Many people have played very […]

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May
08

Millions in funding for new CoREs of learning

The Tertiary Education Commission has today revealed the six Centres of Research Excellence (CoRES) which will get access to millions of dollars in funding. The CoREs fund – established in 2001 to encourage the development of excellent tertiary education-based research – provides operating expenditure of just under $210 million over six years, with funding beginning […]

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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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May
08

Funding confirmed for new CoREs

The Tertiary Education Commission has revealed the six Centres of Research Excellence, including The MacDiarmid Institute. The Tertiary Education Commission has revealed the six Centres of Research Excellence, including The MacDiarmid Institute, which will get access to millions of dollars in funding. “Our focus is on delivering excellent research and education, inspiring New Zealanders, training New […]

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May
02

Experiment: Sandwich Bag Magic

<< Back to The Best 100   Experiment Name: Sandwich Bag Magic A really exciting experiment introducing the concepts of exothermic and endothermic reactions. Target Age Group: Years 5-8 Curriculum area: Nature of Science/Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Alyson Aislabie from Chelsea Primary School      

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May
02

Experiment: Cricket Stump Pulleys

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Cricket Stump Pulleys Target Age Group: Years 5-8 Curriculum area: Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Paul Buckton from Wairau Valley Special School        

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May
02

Experiment: Borax Snowflakes

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Borax Snowflakes What are crystals? How do they grow? Target Age Group: Years 5-6 Curriculum area: Nature of Science/Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Tracey McKinlay-Smith from St Mary’s School, Hastings.

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May
02

Experiment: What is Air Pressure?

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: What is Air Pressure? How do planes (or kites) fly? Target Age Group: Years 0-5 Curriculum area: Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Chris Stuart, a relief teacher.

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May
02

The Best 100 Science Experiments

The MacDiarmid Institute in conjunction with (what was previously) The New Zealand Teachers Council and NZEI Te Riu Roa run regularly scheduled competitions to find the The Best 100 Science Experiments for Kiwi classrooms. Primary School teachers from around the country entered their experiments, with the chance of winning a place in this “Experiment Bank”. Here you will find resources for teachers […]

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May
02

Enhancing the value (?!) of a PhD

Is a monetary amount really what value comes down to? If it is, how do you determine the value of something like a PhD and how do you go about ensuring that its value is the highest it can possibly be for the current environment? Value of course is so much more than the act […]

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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
28

Experiment: Elephant Toothpaste

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Elephant’s Toothpaste This experiment creates an exothermic reaction – that means it not only creates foam it creates heat! Target Age Group: Year’s 7-8 Curriculum area: Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Kerri Guard from Hawera Intermediate School 

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Apr
28

Experiment: Hovering Butterflies

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Hovering Butterflies A great introduction to magnets Target Age Group: Years 1-4 Curriculum area: Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Barbara Ryan from Muritai School   Students from Muritai School with their hovering butterflies

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Apr
28

Experiment: Ice Babies

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Ice Babies Target Age Group: Years 3-8 Curriculum area: Material World/Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Brendda Salt from Tomarata School

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Apr
28

Experiment: Leaping Canisters

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Leaping Canisters What happens when a gas gets trapped? Target Age Group: Years 7-8 Curriculum area: Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Debi Tazi-Cordtz from Balmacewen Intermediate School

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Apr
28

Experiment: Oobleck

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Oobleck Once you’ve made your non-newtonian fluid, make it dance! Target Age Group: All ages Curriculum area: Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Karen Hallahan from Porirua School

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Apr
28

Experiment: Oobleck Boogie

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Oobleck Boogie This is a very fun extension of the Oobleck experiment. Target Age Group: Years 1-5 Curriculum area: Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Greta Dromgool from Berkley Normal Middle School

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Apr
28

Experiment: Rainbow Milk

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Rainbow Milk Why do we use soap? What does it do to dirt and oil on our hands? A very exciting experiment! Target Age Group: Years 1-8 Curriculum area: Physical World/Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Sarah Gibbs from Waihope School. […]

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Apr
28

Experiment: Separation Of Substances

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Separating Substances An interactive experiment that let’s students use their investigative skills and lots of different scientific methods to solve a problem Target Age Group: Years 7-8 Curriculum area: Physical World/Material World/Nature of Science Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Ed Dainty from […]

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Apr
28

Experiment: Straw Flutes

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Straw Flutes An introduction to vibrations and how sound is made Target Age Group: Years 3-6 Curriculum area: Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Roger Pooley  

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Apr
15

Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards 2014

The MacDiarmid Institute is proud to once again be a Silver Sponsor for the 2014 Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards programme. The Sir Paul Callaghan EUREKA! Awards programme identifies and fosters young leaders who, through their knowledge of science, technology, engineering or mathematics, their entrepreneurial vision, and their persuasive communication skills, will bring about the […]

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Apr
14

Thermal Memories

Story by Ruth Beran Hysteresis Many materials have memory. If a rubber band is stretched, for example, and then let go, it will be slightly larger than before it was stretched. This is called elastic hysteresis. Similarly, materials like iron can be magnetised, and will remain magnetised indefinitely, until demagnetised by heat or a magnetic […]

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Apr
11

Experiment: Naked Egg

Experiment Name: Naked Egg During this experiment, you will demonstrate how to create a translucent (naked) egg by causing a chemical reaction to break-down its calcium and erode it’s shell. Target Age Group: Years 1-3 Curriculum area: The Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Jenni Gilbertson from Ohakune Primary […]

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Apr
11

Experiment: Bottle Rockets

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Bottle Rockets A fun, messy experiment exploring aerodynamics and air pressure.  Target Age Group: Years 7-8 Curriculum area: The Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Chris Theobald from Sacred Heart School

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Apr
11

Experiment: Green Eggs and Ham

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Green Eggs and Ham Learn about acid and alkaline with this fun experiment! Target Age Group: Years 7-8 Curriculum area: The Material World Download this experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Joanne Bates from Richmond Early Learning Centre, Nelson. You can read her wonderful account of doing this […]

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Apr
11

IP the opportunities and the difficulties: how do we get this right – for everyone?!

We can identify things that can be introduced to enhance the system as a whole, or subsets thereof and perhaps most importantly what grit is making the wheels, at best, stick, at worst, make something grind to a halt. One of the things that never seems to be far away from any such discussions, no […]

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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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Mar
28

Communicating Science

There are even prizes for doing it … well … (quite substantial prizes in some cases), but what does science communication really mean and what parts of the broad spectrum of what people think of as science communication are going to drive the generation of a science-literate New Zealand who collectively have the capacity to […]

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Mar
25

Biobead Vaccines

At Massey University, Bernd Rehm and his team at PolyBatics are using bacteria as factories to produce tiny bioplastic beads which are genetically engineered to display designer molecules on the surface. These molecules are disease-specific antigens so when they are injected into the body they can generate immunity. Some of the vaccines being developed could […]

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Mar
18

Women in Science

More women than ever are stepping into labs, but few of them are making it to science’s highest offices. In an article featuring two Principal Investigators from The MacDiarmid Institute – Dr Nicola Gaston and Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble – science reporter Jamie Morton looks at what can be done to close the gender gap.  Related article Nicola […]

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Mar
14

Two Degrees of Separation and Ten Degrees of Conflict of Interest!

All of them in the end seem to really have as the underlying factors transparency and integrity. For some of the situations I have faced the outcome was, in my opinion, a pandering to the worst case scenario resulting in a process applied to all to deal with something that might have happened once in […]

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Feb
28

Want more? Be specific! AND explain why

More of everything no matter what it is? And while we generally place boundaries on our own demands ourselves or they are placed there for us, in the end if there were no consequences would we ever stop? But in wanting or asking for more shouldn’t we know what the more will be used for; […]

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Feb
14

How do we create STEM graduates without STEM trained teachers?

Here is what I know… Science and Mathematics will provide jobs for our children Science and Mathematics is and will continue to be responsible for our high standard of living Science and Mathematics will ensure that New Zealand increases its economic standing internationally Training in Science and Mathematics will provide the set of skills needed […]

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Feb
04

International Award for Alison Downard

Congratulations to Professor Alison Downard, University of Canterbury, who was recently recognised by the international electrochemistry community, when she won the 2014 Electrochemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute’s Stokes Medal. The R.H. Stokes Medal is awarded for distinguished research in the field of electrochemistry carried out mainly in Australasia. Past recipients include R.H. Stokes, […]

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Feb
04

Nanocamp 2014 in Review

By Associate Professor Michele Governale From the 15th to the 17th of January SCPS hosted the 6th edition of Nanocamp, a week-long science camp sponsored by The MacDiarmid Institute for students starting their last year of high school in 2014. The selection process to be admitted to Nanocamp is extremely competitive, with the best science students in the country […]

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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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Jan
31

Strategic Partnerships Developing a Viable Common Goal

We are an organisation in our own right; we have responsibilities to deliver on our own mission but in doing so we must also ensure that our activities aid our partners in realising their missions. We have our own identity and yet without our partners we would not exist and therefore as our identity is […]

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Dec
25

Ojas Mahapatra Appointed CEO

Dr  Ojas Mahapatra, who recently finished his doctorate in Physics at University of Canterbury, has been offered the role of the CEO of a Dunedin based company Photonic Innovations Ltd. He was supervised and mentored by Prof Simon Brown in his doctoral research. Photonic Innovations Ltd is a spin-out company from University of Otago that […]

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Dec
20

The Christmas Wrap

We’ve had another big year. We welcomed two new Deputy Directors Profs David Williams (UoA) and Alison Downard (UoC) (Shaun Hendy stepping down at the end of last year and Simon Brown at mid year). We also welcomed six new Principal Investigators (Natalie Plank (VUW), Cather Simpson (UoA), John Kennedy (GNS), Duncan McGillivray (UoA), Bernd […]

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Dec
17

Get Off The Grass!

  In “Get Off The Grass!” (Auckland University Press) Shaun Hendy and Paul Callaghan take a quantitative look at how innovation works both in New Zealand and around the world. They show that economic geography plays a key role in determining rates of innovation and productivity. If New Zealand is to grow its economy more rapidly […]

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Dec
16

Noble Bond

Bonding silver and gold to wool at the molecular level, Noble Bond supplies and licenses scientific treatments and brands for use by woollen textile manufacturers and dyers.  Silver treatment brand NgaPure gives wool anti-microbial properties meeting a growing need by public transport, medical and active wear markets to reduce the spread of germs and viruses. […]

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Dec
16

HTS100 & Scott Technology

HTS100, now part of Scott Technology (TIN100), was founded on the work of Jeff Tallon and co-workers and is a world leader in the fabrication and application of high-temperature super-conductors.  Tallon is a founding PI of the MacDiarmid Institute and his work has been significantly supported and leveraged through our network. The technology base of the company is now strongly […]

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Dec
16

Magritek

“MRI and NMR for everyone, everywhere” Magritek is an advance technology company exporting from Germany and New Zealand to customers all over the world. Magritek was founded in 2004 to exploit the expertise of Sir Paul Callaghan in NMR spectroscopy (Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington). Magritek’s low-cost, portable NMR and MRI products lead […]

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Dec
16

Anzode & Synthodics

A new patented battery chemistry, to empower the new generation of clean technologies. The battery electrode expertise of Simon Hall (Massey University) was licensed to Anzode Inc in 2003. The company develops and manufactures storage solutions for cleantech applications based on rechargeable stabilized zinc technology. The battery technology can be used in applications ranging from […]

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Dec
16

Million Dollar Boost

Hands up if you think it’s high time someone came up with a battery that’s cheaper and more sustainable than the ones you can currently buy? A research team at Massey University has been awarded nearly $1 million to do just that. SOURCE: Idealog.co.nz Further Reading: Long Life In Battery Development Futher Reading: Simon Hall: […]

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Dec
16

Aeroqual

“We want to be an instrument for better air — by changing the way companies, people and governments measure air quality.” “Our specialty is to offer accurate, real-time measurements using robust and cost effective instruments. Our design philosophy says that measurement data should be captured, logged, transmitted and displayed in a way that is most […]

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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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Dec
16

BoutiQ

BoutiQ Nanoparticle Solutions was founded by Richard Tilley (Victoria University of Wellington) and MacDiarmid Institute alumnus Dr John Watt, to commercialise Tilley’s research into solution-based synthesis of nanocrystals. BoutiQ sells customised nanoparticles to scientists and engineers internationally.    Read More

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Dec
16

Engender Technologies

Engender is an early-stage startup funded jointly by venture capital investors and University of Auckland Uniservices. It is based on the work of Cather Simpson on high-resolution microfabrication, and laser-based manipulation techniques for small organisms.  Other work on microfabrication and manipulation of small organisms, developed through MacDiarmid Institute collaborations, is being commercialised through University of Auckland Uniservices. […]

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Dec
16

Izon

“Izon Science designs and manufactures precision instrumentation for nano- and micro-scale particle analysis. The instrument systems, the qNano and qViro-X, are now in use in a wide range of research institutes and universities around the world.” www.izon.com Izon Sciences has benefited greatly from MacDiarmid work addressing the mechanisms of particle transport through nanopores (research conducted by […]

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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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Dec
06

The Bid is Gone – YAY – let the doing begin!

Eight months of living and breathing the MacDiarmid Institute Centre of Research Excellence funding proposal to come down to a click of the mouse. Where were the trumpets, the marching band, the ticker tape parade?! Shouldn’t such a momentous occasion be marked with an explosion of lights and fanfare rather than the soft snoring sound […]

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Nov
29

Science training for teachers

Media Release: November 29 2013 Teachers’ pleas for quality professional development in science have been answered through a new partnership between The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and NZEI Te Riu Roa’s professional development arm. The announcement comes just as the government has announced $3 million to support primary school science teachers, after […]

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Nov
28

Richard Blaikie Honoured

Outstanding New Zealand researchers have been awarded prestigious medals at the Royal Society of New Zealand 2013 Research Honours event, held in Dunedin. President of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Sir David Skegg FRSNZ, says it is important to recognise the achievements of New Zealand’s top scientists and scholars. “These medallists have all made […]

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Nov
25

Marsden Success 2013

Four Principal Investigators of The MacDiarmid Institute have been awarded Marsden Fund grants. Congratulations to Principal Investigators Profs Sally Brooker (Otago) Alison Downard (Canterbury) and Jeff Tallon (Callaghan Innovation) and Associate Investigator Dr Franck Natali (Victoria) for their success as the lead scientists on newly awarded Marsden grants. Graphene supercapacitors: transforming energy storage solutions 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
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
22

The “real” cost of funding applications – isn’t there a better way?

That is, the true cost of the research is straightforwardly determined and transparent to all.  Essentially what this correlates to is an overhead charge being added to all salaries included in all funding requests, similar to a charge out rate for professional services of say lawyers and accountants. This overhead correlates to an institution’s estimate […]

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Nov
20

Fish Eyes Used to Detect Disease

University of Canterbury researchers (lead byThe MacDiarmid Institute’s Juliet Gerrard) are using discarded fish eyes to help develop sensors that will detect health problems in humans. SOURCE: The Press 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

He Is Ion Man

The simplest way to describe what Andreas Markwitz and his team have done is that they’ve developed a ray gun that makes metal magically stronger. SOURCE: The Dominion Post Read More

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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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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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Nov
20

National Science Challenges

  The MacDiarmid Institute’s Director, Professor Kate McGrath speaks to Radio New Zealand about the missed opportunities in the New Zealand Government’s recently announced “National Science Challenges.” SOURCE: Radio New Zealand : National   Read More

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