MacDiarmid researchers successful in latest MBIE round

MacDiarmid researchers successful in latest MBIE round

The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to share the following successes from MacDiarmid researchers in this year’s MBIE Endeavour fund round. All up, these grants come to around $28M, which is shared with non-MacDiarmid research collaborators in many cases (not all listed below).


Research Programs


Addressing the need for magnetic memory to enable superconducting computing

Ben Ruck, Franck Natali, Joe Trodahl, Simon Granville, Bob Buckley, Michele Governale


Tuneable monolithic magnetoresistive sensors for asset management

John Kennedy, Grant Williams, Simon Granville, Jérôme Leveneur, Guy Dubuis


Beyond myrtle rust: Next-generation tools to ‘engineer’ forest ecosystem resilience to plant pathogens

Volker Nock (led by Landcare Research partners)


Smart Ideas


Photonic Device for Rapid Prostate Cancer Detection and Mapping

Cather Simpson (led by Claude Aguergaray)


Highly efficient solar-to-hydrogen energy conversion based on innovative nanophotonic platform

Richard Blaikie


Superhydrophobic lenses – Merging water droplets for fast surface ejection, preventing ice-formation

Richard Blaikie and Geoff Willmott (led by Sam Lowrey)


Energy harvesting from ambient heat using transparent thermoelectric materials

John Kennedy and Ben Ruck


Water purification using solar energy captured by natural photonic crystals

Involves Grant Williams and Bob Buckley (led by Gerald Smith)