Author: Editorial Team

Nov
29

Optical Tweezers

About the Instrument: About fifteen years ago some researchers were playing around with laser beams when they discovered that a tightly focused beam could suck a microscopic object into its focal point and trap it there. When they moved the laser, the object moved with it. They had discovered optical tweezers. The modern instrument is […]

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Triple Additive/Subtractive Raman Spectrometer

Raman spectroscopy is an extremely common technique in many areas of science and industry but the new triple additive/ subtractive Raman Spectrometer is no common machine. It is the ultimate tool for pushing the limits of the technique. “As far as equipment is concerned we have nothing to envy of anybody,” says Victoria University physicist […]

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Nov
29

Time Resolved Raman Experiment

About the Equipment: The set up includes two lasers, which deliver short pulses of intense light to a sample. The first is used to push the material into its excited state and the second to analyse its structure and properties. The time lapse between the two pulses can be adjusted to probe different points during […]

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Nov
25

Prof Jeff Tallon: 2011 Dan Walls Medal

Professor Jeff Tallon was awarded the 2011 New Zealand Institute of Physics’ Dan Walls Medal. The Dan Walls medal is awarded to the physicist working in New Zealand for at least the past ten years who is deemed to have made the greatest impact, both nationally and internationally, in his/her field of research. Jeff is […]

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Nov
25

Prof Geoff Jameson: 2011 Marsden Medal

Professor Geoff Jameson was awarded the 2011 New Zealand Association of Scientists’ Marsden Medal. The Marsden Medal is awarded for a lifetime of outstanding service to the cause or profession of science, in recognition of service rendered to the cause or profession of science in the widest connotation of the phrase. Geoff is an Associate […]

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Nov
24

Prof David Williams: 2011 Maurice Wilkins Centre Prize

Prof David Williams was awarded the 2011 New Zealand Institute of Chemistry’s Maurice Wilkins Centre Prize. The prize is awarded to a member of the Institute who has made a significant contribution to some branch of chemical science, in the past five years. David is based in the Department of Chemistry at Auckland University and […]

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Nov
24

Eco Chemie Autolab Potentiostat with Low Current Module

“It was quite a dire situation,” says Alison. “If I’d been left with no instrumentation, my research would have ground to a complete halt. I can’t think how we could have bought a new instrument without the MacDiarmid funding.” In 2003 they bought a new potentiostat with an impedance analyser and high current module. “But […]

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Nov
16

New PhD and PDF Opportunities

The MacDiarmid Institute is offering four postdoctoral research fellowships (PDF) and three PhD positions across two of our strategic research areas: Electrocatalytic Metal Nanocrystals and Biophysics and Soft Matter.  These positions will be appointed across three of our host institutions. It is anticipated that the successful PDF applicants will be available to commence employment in […]

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Nov
15

WRC Mössbauer Spectroscopy System

When the MacDiarmid Institute called for applications for this round of equipment, a new chemistry lecturer had just arrived at Otago University from Europe. Dr Guy Jameson is an expert in Mössbauer spectroscopy, a technique that chemist Professor Sally Brooker had identified as a missing link in her research programme. With the MacDiarmid funding they […]

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Nov
04

Elected Fellows

This week two of our Principal Investigators Professor Richard Blaikie and Professor Pablo Etchegoin were elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand is an honour conferred for distinction in research or the advancement of science or technology, or the humanities. This recognition is richly […]

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Nov
01

Microfluidic Devices with Dr Geoff Willmott

My research, as part of a team at Callaghan Innovation (CI), is focussed on methods of micro- and nanoscale ‘plumbing’ for a new generation of devices and processes. CI is committed to transferring commercial benefits to industry in New Zealand, and this kind of technology has many potential applications beyond diagnostics, including interrogation of single […]

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Oct
12

Justin Hodgkiss – Rutherford Fellowship

Justin Hodgkiss, one of our Principal Investigators was named as one of the 2011 recipients of the Rutherford Discovery Fellowships. Congratulations Justin. Ten researchers awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships Justin completed his undergraduate degree with a major in Chemistry at Otago University. The recipient of a Fulbright PhD Scholarship, Justin completed his PhD at MIT with […]

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Oct
03

The Intersection of Nanoscience and Biology

The biological, biomedical and medical applications of advanced materials and nanotechnology are some of the most exciting, novel and potentially, most life-enhancing.  This Theme was combined with Soft Materials under the new 4 Theme Structure in 2013 to form Bionano/Nanobio and Soft Matter. Understanding and exploiting the promise of biological systems is a complex and […]

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Sub-wavelength patterning with interference lithography (Blaikie, Alkaisi)

Sub-wavelength patterning will be achieved using optical interference lithography (IL), to complement existing electron-beam, nano-imprint and near-field optical nanolithography techniques.  This will bring advantages of simplicity and the ability to pattern over large areas (~cm2), and we will use this technique to provide patterned substrates for other Institute research. Objective 1.  Sub-wavelength patterning with interference […]

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Oct
03

Nanofabrication and Devices

Whilst nanotechnology and the development of advanced materials are tremendously diverse topics, fabrication is the key for engineering devices from new materials.  Be it at the macroscale, the microscale or the nanoscale, the capability to pattern contacts or add structure to devices must be equally supported alongside materials developments and theoretical exploration of new device […]

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Oct
03

Electronic and Optical Materials

Conventional theories of the optical and electronic properties of materials assume electrons propagating independently in 3D crystals with a periodic array of atoms and uniform propagation of light. Many materials displaying novel or exploitable properties do not fit within these bounds. Examples include the optical properties of nanoparticles or nanoparticle assemblies, where light both scatters […]

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Oct
03

Molecular Materials

Molecular materials show promise for diverse applications and researchers in this theme have expertise in many of these, including: molecular magnets, solar energy and electroluminescent materials, sensors, catalysts and sorbents.  Such applications rely on single molecules or collections of molecules, in the form of 3-D structures or thin films, exhibiting specific functions. To design, synthesise, […]

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Oct
03

Soft Materials

Soft matter is where physics meets chemistry, and where physics and chemistry meet biology.  Biological systems elegantly harness the special physics of the nano-world and perform ‘bottom-up’ processing with aplomb, generating smart, functional, viscoelastic matrices: from molecules to materials. This Theme was combined with “The Intersection of Nanoscience and Biology” under the new 4 Theme […]

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Oct
03

Inorganic Hybrid Materials

The research activities of Theme 5 was to develop new inorganic hybrid materials whose hierarchy and synergistic combination of nano-, micro- and macro-scaled features will give rise to new chemical, physical and biological functionality to facilitate the next generation of advanced materials.  This Theme was incorporated into the new 4 Theme Structure in 2013. Theme […]

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Oct
02

NZIC Conference

Among many excellent science presentations, including from Michael Bowers (UCSB) a physical chemist who provided definite hope for me personally with regard to an understanding and potential submission of Alzheimer’s disease, was a presentation from Max Kennedy, the National Manager Biological Industries, MSI.  Max started by outlining the export landscape of New Zealand highlighting how […]

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Oct
01

Transition Metals with Dr Shane Telfer

Our principal objectives are to devise interesting molecule-based materials and develop methods for their synthesis. These materials incorporate transition metals in both structural and functional roles. We have a particular fascination with chiral assemblies and materials. At a more detailed level, our two major focal points are: Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). These are MOFs are porous, […]

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Jul
01

Modelling Nano-Devices with Prof Ulrich Zuelicke

I am currently focused on researching a new paradigm of electronics called spintronics, where the magnetic properties of the electron are used to control charge flow in new devices. Charge carriers in wires are tiny permanent magnets. In the image, the magnetisation of each particle is indicated by an arrow. When the lateral wire dimensions […]

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May
18

New role for Prof Richard Blaikie

Professor Richard Blaikie, current Director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, has been appointed as the University of Otago’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise).  Professor Blaikie will step down as Director of the Institute in July and take up the new position in December and will be replaced by Professor Kathryn McGrath, […]

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May
17

New Director for MacDiarmid Institute

The Board of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is delighted to announce that Professor Kathryn McGrath has been appointed as Director of the institute, to succeed the outgoing Director, Professor Richard Blaikie.She will begin the role on 1 July 2011. Professor McGrath, from Victoria University’s School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, has […]

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May
01

NZ Economic Growth

Paul Callaghan Sustainable economic growth for New Zealand: An optimistic myth-busting approach.

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Feb
24

HEKE: Heroic Educated Kiwi Expatriates

Sir Paul Callaghan, New Zealander of the Year and the founding Director of the MacDiarmid Institute has begun an innovative campaign to bring more money into New Zealand from overseas to assist with recovery following the Christchurch Earthquake. Two billion dollars are currently owed by 85,000 New Zealanders based overseas on unpaid student loans, and […]

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Christchurch Earthquake

The MacDiarmid institute would like to extend to our colleagues based in Christchurch our love and support in this time of tragedy. We understand from our Director, Richard Blaikie, that everyone was accounted for at Canterbury University, and there were only minor injuries. From the Director: You will know of our most recent earthquake in […]

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Jan
01

Prestigious award for Sir Paul

Prestigious international Günther Laukien prize for eminent Professor Sir Paul Callaghan, founding Director of the MacDiarmid Institute. The prestigious prize was for his groundbreaking work on Magnetic resonance. Nobel Laureate Richard Ernst, who chaired the award committee praised Sir Paul’s groundbreaking work with radio waves to detect the motion of molecules. It has already helped […]

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Jan
01

New Zealand-Taiwan Symposium

New Zealand – Taiwan Symposium on Bio-nanotechnologies and MacDiarmid Institute BioNanoNetwork (BNN) Meeting A joint New Zealand-Taiwan Symposium on Bio-nanotechnologies and our annual BioNanoNetwork (BNN) meeting is taking place in Wellington for two days, Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 of April. The Taiwanese delegates will travel to Christchurch on April 30th for laboratory visits and […]

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Jan
01

The MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year Awards

About the Awards The MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year Awards are presented annually by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology to celebrate the achievements of the country’s top emerging researchers and scientists and raise the profile of science nationally. The MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year Awards, in association with principal sponsor Fisher […]

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Jan
01

Student Symposium 2006

The 2006 MacDiarmid Institute Student and Postdoc Symposium focused on the potential impacts and consequences of our research, including economic impacts, commercialisation potential, social impacts, potential environmental impacts, and communication of research and its impacts on a public audience.      

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Jan
01

Martin Lord Rees Lecture

The MacDiarmid Institute is sponsoring the Royal Society of New Zealand Rutherford Lectures by Martin Lord Rees Well known to many of you as an eminent cosmologist, President of the Royal Society of London, UK’s Astronomer Royal and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. Lord Rees will be speaking in Wellington and Christchurch during his visit […]

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Jan
01

Tools for Transformation

Tools for Transformation details the important stock of scientific equipment purchased by the Institute, and their impact on the research carried out not only by our researchers, but also other researchers in New Zealand and Internationally.      

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Jan
01

Jim Johnston awarded NZIC Prize for Applied and Industrial Chemistry

Congratulations to Jim Johnston, who has been awarded the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Prize for Excellence in Industrial and Applied Chemistry; a significant national honour awarded for meritorious achievement in the field of industrial or applied chemistry. Jim has built an impressive research platform in the development of new chemical process technology and new […]

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Jan
01

Electronic and Optical Materials with Dr Ben Ruck

Many of the materials are magnetic, and I am particularly interested in understanding the origins of the magnetic behaviour and how it affects the ability of the materials to conduct electricity.My present focus is on a class of materials called “rare-earth nitrides”, which we prepare in the form of very thin layers grown on top […]

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Jan
01

Safety, nanomaterial research in university laboratories

Only certain nanotechnologies will pose new health and/or safety hazards. The health and safety hazards that have been identified to date are for unbound or free nanomaterials. The limited information available on the toxicity of nanomaterials indicates that their toxicity depends on their physico-chemical characteristics including size, shape, composition and surface area.  

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Jan
01

Minister visits the Institute

Minister for Research Science and Technology Dr Wayne Mapp visited the MacDiarmid Institute on 12 August. Presentations about the work of the Institute were followed by visits to laboratories. with Professor Sir Paul Callaghan in the NMR lab,  with Dr Geoff Willmott in the Raman Lab, with Professor of Nanotechnology, Pablo Etchegoin in Raman lab […]

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Jan
01

The 2007 Student and PostDoc Symposium

The MacDiarmid Institute held its Annual Postdoc and Student Symposium at Massey University on 26-27 November. Around 50 researchers gathered to present their work, socialise and, among other things, discuss the merits of interdisciplinary research. The Symposium coincided with the installation of a new display about Alan MacDiarmid, one of New Zealand’s Nobel laureates, in […]

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Jan
01

MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year 2009

John Watt was awarded MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year at a ceremony in Auckland on Friday 27 August. John’s work has been focused on using palladium particles to remove toxic gases, including carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide, from dirty exhaust fumes emmitted by vehicles. The present process is ‘horribly inefficient’ and much more expensive […]

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Jan
01

Professor Sir Paul Callaghan gets knighted

Professor Sir Paul Callaghan was knighted at a ceremony held at Old St Paul’s in Wellington on Friday 14 August. The very moving ceremony included fine musical interludes performed by The Queen Margaret Chorale from Queen Margaret College in Wellington. It was said to be the largest group of eminent persons ever assembled in New […]

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Jan
01

Roger Reeves Awarded the T. K. Sidey Medal

MacDiarmid Institute researcher Associate Professor Roger Reeves, has been awarded the T. K Sidey Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to research intrinsically associated with electromagnetic radiation. The T. K. Sidey Medal is awarded at irregular intervals for outstanding scientific research concerning electromagnetic radiation. This research comprises applications in any way beneficial to human […]

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Jan
01

Discovery Awards for Maori and Pacific Pupils 2009

The aim of the project is to brings year 12 or 13 Maori and Pacific pupils who are interested in science into research laboratories to work in the groups of leading scientists with the intention of nurturing an interest in science and exposing pupils to possible career options.  

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Jan
01

Hon Gerry Brownlee opens refurbished laboratories

Gerry Brownlee, Member for Ilam whose portfolios include, Economic Development, Energy and Resources and the Rugby World Cup, visited the MacDiarmid Institute at Canterbury University on Wednesday 10 June where he opened the newly refurbished nanofabrication laboratories.A video link to the Victoria MacDiarmid site was also a feature of his visit. Shaun Hendy and Andrew […]

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Jan
01

Kate McGrath Receives NZAS Research Medal

Associate Professor Kate McGrath received the NZ Association of Scientists (NZAS) Research Medal, for outstanding research by a young scientist, at the Science Honours Dinner held in Dunedin on Tuesday 20th November. Associate Professor Kathryn McGrath is a Principal Investigator at the MacDiarmid Institute in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University […]

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Jan
01

Asian Science Camp 2009

The MacDiarmid Institute sponsored two students to attend the Asian Science Camp held in Tsukuba in August this year, they are Georgia Stewart, Wellington East Girls’ College and Hugh McHugh, Lindisfarne College, Hawkes Bay. I spent a week attending lectures given by Nobel laureates on subjects as diverse as ‘astronomical telescopes’ and ‘symmetry in physics,’ […]

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Jan
01

MacDiarmid sponsors aspiring scientists

The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to sponsor two pupils who will attended the the 2009 Asian Science Camp in August in Tsukuba in Japan. Georgia Stewart, Wellington East Girls’ College and Hugh McHugh, Lindisfarne College, Hawkes Bay.   Georgia was chosen from the top achievers in the International Young Physicists Tournament and Hugh from the […]

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Jan
01

Sally Brooker Elected FRSNZ

The Royal Society has announced the 13 Fellows elected for 2007. The list includes MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator, Professor Sally Brooker of the University of Otago. Sally is well known for her research in transition metal and macrocycle chemistry. Her election brings the total number of MacDiarmid Institute PI Fellows to 10. Sally Brooker, Professor […]

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Jan
01

2011 Science and Innovation in Education Forum

Duxton Hotel, Wellington New Zealand’s future hinges on our ability to prepare our next generation, to harness their creativity, dynamism and insight. This kind of innovation however isn’t born in the boardroom or on the factory floor. It doesn’t begin in a basement workshop or a research laboratory. That’s where the payoff happens. It starts […]

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Jan
01

Call for new Principal Investigators

The MacDiarmid Institute calls for expressions of interest from individuals who wish to be considered for Principal Investigator status. Such status not only confers Institute membership, and so access to our extensive network of materials science infrastructure, but also comes with a direct funding stream for Institute- related research. Applications closed

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Jan
01

Prestigious James Cook Fellowship 2007

Prof Paul Callaghan PCNZM FRS FRSNZ has been awarded one New Zealand’s most prestigious research Fellowships by The Royal Society of New Zealand. The four winners are amongst the world’s best scientists and the Fellowships offer them the wonderful opportunity to spend two years full-time concentrating on their chosen research. Professor Callaghan will look into […]

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Jan
01

Professor Sir Paul Callaghan Named New Zealander Of The Year

Paul Callaghan, one of our Principal Investigators and our Founding Director, has been named New Zealander of the Year for 2011. With the other finalists being sustainable business leader Peri Drysdale and youth leader Stephen Boxer this is another fine example of the leadership and vision that Sir Paul is providing in showing that science […]

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Jan
01

Student Prizes from AMN4

And the winners are… pictured with Professor Sir Harry Kroto Best student lecture prizes (l to r) Suk-Fun Chin, Western Australia; Anders Barlow, Flinders; Shrividya Ravi, Victoria   Best student posters sponsored by AJ Park (l to r) Young-Woo Song, Canterbury; Mr Raoul Peltier, Auckland; Ms Ying Xu, IRL; Julia Rinck, Karlsruhe                        

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Jan
01

The 2007 Blake Medalist: Professor Paul Callaghan

Professor Paul Callaghan, director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, has been awarded the Blake Medal for Leadership. Paul Callaghan is a world leader in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance, and has worked tirelessly to make science more accessible to the general public. For more information, please visit the Sir Peter […]

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Jan
01

MacDiarmid Emerging Scientists Association 2012

A new Emerging Scientists Group was formed at the Student and PostDoc Symposium. You can visit the MESA website here. The committee is chaired by Natalie Plank, natalie.plank@vuw.ac.nz. Back, left to right: James “Elf” Eldridge (IRL Gracefield) BenMallett (IRL Gracefield) Andrew Gross (Canterbury) Ojas Mahapatra (Canterbury) Franck Natali (VUW) Cosmin Laslau (Auckland Front, left to […]

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Jan
01

Discovery Awards pupils at AMN4

    Awardees with Prof Sir Harry Kroto.   In front of St Margaret’s College.              With Don Eigler of IBM in Almaden

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Jan
01

MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year

Congratulations to Simon Rogers and Conrad Lendrum who were recognised in the prestigious MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year Awards. There was really tough competition as always and their success recognises their ability not only in science quality but in science communication as well. Without wishing to detract from the achievements of all the awardees, […]

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Jan
01

2010 Prime Minister’s Science Prize

The 2010 Prime Minister’s Science Prize has been awarded to the Magnetic Resonance Innovation team that is led by Professor Sir Paul Callaghan. The team includes four of his former PhD students who have gone on to become internationally respected scientists in their fields. The team members come from both science and engineering disciplines and […]

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Jan
01

Wool to Weta launch

“Wool to Weta” – by Professor Paul Callaghan was launched in the Grand Hall at Parliament on Tuesday 10 February. Tackling difficult issues, from the tyranny of distance to our aversion to risk, Professor Callaghan finds a vision for the future built on shifting from Wool to Weta – from relying on agriculture and tourism […]

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Jan
01

Re-funded through to 2014

The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to advise that we have been re-funded through to 2014. Both the MacDiarmid Institute and the National Centre for Growth and Development were singled out as exemplary CoREs. Of particular significance is the capital budget which takes us a long way down our wish list. It represents 50% of the […]

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Jan
01

Awhina Cybrospace Porirua Community Outreach

Elf Eldrige represented the MacDiarmid Institute at the Awhina Cybrospace Porirua Community Outreach on 27 August at Te Rauparaha Arena. 1040 pupils attended the event, with the chemistry and physics presentations being among the favourites.

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Jan
01

New Director for the Institute

Professor Richard Blaikie was appointed Director of the MacDiarmid Institute for a three year term on Friday 29 August. Richard, who is based at Canterbury, has been Acting Director for the past six weeks and so brings a weight of knowledge and understanding of the functioning of the Institute. Richard is seen in this photo […]

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Jan
01

The New Zealand Materials Research Society Incorporated

The New Zealand Materials Research Society, New Zealand’s newest technical society, was incorporated on 19 December 2006. It was founded with several goals, including the promotion and advancement of materials science and engineering within New Zealand. The intention is to apply for membership in the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) within the next […]

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Jan
01

The MacDiarmid Building opening

The Alan MacDiarmid Building was opened by the Prime Minister John Key on Wednesday 21 July. Also attending were Steven Joyce (Tertiary Education), Wayne Mapp (Science and Innovation) and Kerry Prendergast Wellington Mayor. Members of Alan’s family and friends came from the US and various parts of New Zealand to attend the opening function. On […]

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Jan
01

Discovery Awards for Maori and Pacific Pupils

REVISED DEADLINE The aim of the project is to brings year 12 or 13 Maori and Pacific pupils who are interested in science into research laboratories to work in the groups of leading scientists with the intention of nurturing an interest in science and exposing pupils to possible career options.  

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Jan
01

Nanotechnology: Ethical and Social Issues

“Despite the prospects for benefits, given public controversy over the use of genetic modification (GM), it cannot be entirely ruled out that nanotechnology will have problems with public acceptance. Debate about the issue of nanotechnology can be informed by an understanding of public reactions.”Nanotechnology: Ethical and Social Issues In recent years it has become increasingly […]

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Jan
01

Visit to the MacDiarmid Institute by Don Eigler

On his recent visit to the Institute at Victoria University Don gave a presentation and toured the laboratories. Members of the Institute were pleased to be able to congratulate Don personally for his being awarded the 2010 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience by The Norwegian Academy of Sciences. Don Eigler is an IBM Fellow, working at […]

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Jan
01

Ritchie McCaw and Richard Blaikie talk nanotechnology

Fibre imprinting nanotechnology developed at the MacDiarmid Institute and Nanotechnology at University of Canterbury is going to get rugby fans closer than ever to the All Blacks. See the article on the back page of Interface issue 12.  

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Jan
01

Alan MacDiarmid 14 April 1927 – 07 February 2007

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Professor Alan MacDiarmid ONZ, FRS, FRSNZ.Alan MacDiarmid 14 April 1927 – 07 February 2007   A Memorial Service will be held at 03:00 pm on Friday 16 March in Wellington Cathedral. All welcome. Alan won the 2000 Nobel prize for Chemistry jointly with Hideki […]

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Jan
01

Discovery Awards for Maori and Pacific Pupils 2010

The aim of the project is to brings year 12 or 13 Maori and Pacific pupils who are interested in science into research laboratories to work in the groups of leading scientists with the intention of nurturing an interest in science and exposing pupils to possible career options.  

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Jan
01

New Zealand Materials Research Society

Currently, there is no materials research society in existence within New Zealand that caters for and links the community of researchers working in the various research fields of materials science and engineering. I would like to announce the formation of a newly incorporated materials society in New Zealand – The New Zealand Materials Research Society […]

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Jan
01

Breaking the Mold: Can New Zealand increase its wealth via the high technology route?

Paul Callaghan New Zealand, having converted most of its forest into greenhouse gas, is thereby blessed with an abundance of grass, and yet, notwithstanding attempts to subdue it, sufficient residual natural environment to claim the label “clean and green”. While previous prosperity derived from the farm, tourism is now our dominant foreign exchange earner. Meanwhile […]

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Jan
01

Images of Nanotechnology Competition

We are running a competition to find the best NZ images from nanotechnology research. The best images will be displayed at a special exhibition in Christchurch in August / September, and there are $2000 in prizes. All NZ based researchers and research students are encouraged to enter their best images before 25 June 2010. Entries […]

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Jan
01

Reception for Paul Callaghan

A reception was held on 04 June to mark Paul’s leaving of the post of Director at the MacDiarmid Institute. Paul’s friends and colleagues gathered to wish him well and to express their gratitude for his unstinting efforts on behalf of the Institute.     Prof Ian Watson acted as MC for the evening and […]

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Jan
01

A New Science Collaboration

In recent years it has become increasingly common for social scientists to work alongside scientists as part of the `ELSI-fication’ of research (understanding the ethical, legal and social implications of scientific research). With this in mind, the MacDiarmid Institute commissioned two social science research projects in 2004 to be conducted by independent researchers. The first […]

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Jan
01

Martin Lord Rees Visit

Martin Lord Rees, President of the Royal Society of London, made visits to two of the Institute sites (UC and VUW) during his whirlwind tour of New Zealand, and he interacted with many of our young researchers at these times. At both events, an informal conversation at UC and more formal presentations at VUW, our […]

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Jan
01

Top Teachers

A meeting, supported by the MacDiarmid Institute, was held on 18 May at Victoria University for students interested in teaching careers. There were 60 participants. The event opened with an address by Paul Callaghan and was lead by Howard Lukefahr.

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Jan
01

The MacDiarmid Institute And Nanotechnology Research In New Zealand

by Paul T. Callaghan and Richard J. Blaikie An overview of nanotechnology research in New Zealand is given, with particular emphasis on the work of the MacDiarmid Institute, a multi-university and government laboratory partnership.  

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Jan
01

A Nanotechnology Initiative for New Zealand

New Zealand scientists, science managers and science investors are considering how we might respond to the new opportunities presented by worldwide developments in nanotechnology. The Ministry for Research Science and Technology is developing its Nanotechnology Roadmap and the Foundation for Research Science and Technology is looking at how any decision to increase our Research Science […]

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