Inorganic Hybrid Materials

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 5 PIs with their recognised international excellence in fundamental, strategic and applied inorganic materials chemistry, nanomaterials and nanotechnology, together with their strong interactions with industry, made an important and effective contribution to the development and applications of these important materials. They are leaders in their respective fields and work collaboratively together in an environment which stimulates and nurtures creativity in the science and entrepreneurship in the development and applications of the new materials, thereby contributing effectively to the goals of the MacDiarmid Institute and to New Zealand science. The research is supported by the advanced instrumentation available within the MacDiarmid Institute including XRD, SEM, TEM, solid state NMR, Mossbauer spectroscopy, electrical conductivity, thermal analysis, surface area and GC analysis equipment.

Infrastructure and capability:

The research is supported bythe advanced instrumentation available within the MacDiarmid Institute including X-ray Diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), Mossbauer spectroscopy, electrical conductivity, thermal analysis, surface area, mass spectrometry and gas chromatography (GC) analysis equipment.

Image: Nanotechnology Meets Fashion

Chemists Kerstin Lucas and Fern Kelly – PhD apprentices to Professor Jim Johnston, master of the secret art of bonding gold and silver nanoparticles to merino wool – linked up with Massey fashion students last year to imagine garments rendered in this luxurious product. For more information on this event read Interface – Issue 18 and find out more about the research in Objective 2.

Research Objectives