The 3rd annual NanoCamp was held at Massey University during the week January 17-21, 2011. Around 200 applications were received from Year 12 students, and we offered places to 10 students from around New Zealand as well as two from the Palmerston North area. All 12 students accepted this invitation.
The camp featured eight three-hour science sessions where students explored various aspects of nanotechnology under the guidance of Massey academic staff and postgraduate students. Most of these academic staff members were either MacDiarmid PI’s or AI’s. The science sessions focussed on:
- Fabrication of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs)
- Synthesis and properties of conducting polymers
- Theoretical aspects of nanoscience
- Synthesis of quantum dots
- Optical tweezers
- Atomic force microscopy (AFM)
- Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
- Nanoparticles and devices.
An evening social programme complemented the science sessions. The students went bowling, go- karting, swimming, watched DVDs (including the Alan MacDiarmid documentary ‘Super Plastics Man’) etc. The students stayed on-site in the halls of residence (except those coming from the local area).
The students were given a brief survey towards then end of the week and the feedback was uniformly positive. The event was covered in the media following a press release from Massey University.