A mother-daughter science experience with Michelle Dickinson at AMN9

A Kitchen Science Cookbook by Michelle Dickinson is helping mothers to engage in the joys of science with their daughters.Read more in The Spinoff.

Computer chips that work like human brains may ease global energy problem

Professor Simon Brown, MacDiarmid Principal Investigator at the University of Canterbury, and his research regarding neuromorphic computer chips is featured on TVNZ and at the idealog.


Dr Carla Meledandri on RadioNZ

Dr Carla Meledandri, 2017 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize Winner, appeared on RadioNZ on several occasions to present her exciting research. http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/2018631847/our-changing-world-for-15-february-2018 http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/2018631849/science-speed-dating-leads-to-top-award http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018632547/nanotechnology-can-save-your-teeth-carla-meledandri


Tell me about your Thesis

MacDiarmid Institute PhD student Leo Browning manipulates nano-wires to make neural networks that behave like living neurons. His thesis focuses on the production of nanowire based neural networks and methods for their application in sensor and logic devices, and integrating networks to tune their behaviour.The long-term goal for this research is to explore electronics that […]

Nanodiamonds may replace common techniques to administer drugs

Amanda Barnard, speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, works on how nanodiamonds may be used to control where and how much of a drug is administered within the human body. Read more

Nanoparticles may be used as drug carriers within the human body

Silvia Giordani, speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, works on nanoparticles and their medical applications. Read more

The MacDiarmid Institute faciliates the New Zealand nano-revolution

Director of the MacDiarmid Institute, Professor Thomas Nann, associate Professor Justin Hodgkiss, and post-doctoral fellow Dr Renee Goreham give an overview over the MacDiarmid Institute’s research activities. Read more


AMN8: Molecular machines

David Leigh, plenary speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, builds machines that can work on the scale of DNA sized molecules. Read more He also talked to RadioNZ about these ‘molecular machines’. Read more       Here he works his magic on students from Burnside High School and other Christchurch schools.     Picture Source: University of […]


AMN8: From science to spinoff companies

Associate Professor Justin Hodgkiss shares his experiences in founding a company based on research that was conducted in his group. Read more


AMN8: Science for kids

During his visit of AMN8 Queenstown, Bioengineer Albert Folch tried to catch interest in science of local children. Read more Picture Source: TheSpinoff.co.nz

AMN8: Unfolding of proteins

Professor Colin Raston, speaker at AMN8 Queentown, talks about how the ‘Vortex Fluid Device’ may unfold proteins. Read more


AMN8: Silver nano particles in gel solution to fight tooth decay

Dr Carla Meledandri, principal investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute at the University of Otago, has found a way to use charged antibacterial silver nanocomposite structures ‘to sterilise dentine prior to the placement of a dental restorative material’ (publication). Read more


Searching for high temperature superconductors

Superconductors already have various applications (electromagnets, digital circuits, particle detectors) but would be even more usefull if they operated at higher temperatures. They would be a revolution to power grids and how power is generated and distributed around the world. And they would make all other current applications cheaper and safer. Ben Mallett, research fellow at the University of […]