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Watch MacDiarmid Investigators Dr Michelle Dickinson (also known as ‘Nanogirl’) and Dr Franck Natali present the 2016 MacDiarmid Regional Lecture Series in Napier:

We define civilisation by the dominant material of the age: stone, bronze, iron. 

These days cities rise to astounding heights with steel and reinforced concrete.  We communicate between thesGeckoe cities at the speed of light, thanks to silicon – the second most abundant element in the Earth’s crust.  And our consumer world is throw-away plastic.

Nanotechnologists now create new materials from the atoms up, often copying nature’s ability to self-assemble.  Are we entering The Great Graphene Age?  We are ourselves walking miracles of carbon construction.

The 2016 MacDiarmid Regional Lecture Series on “A Materials History of the World” was held in Napier, Tauranga, Wanaka, Invercargill, Whanganui and Nelson between July and September 2016. If you would like to be on the mailing list for future MacDiarmid public lecture events, please email us on