Alison Downard

Jun
21

Professor Alison Downard – Excellent leadership on an international stage

Part of a series of stories from the Public Annual Report. This profile  comes from the Scientific Excellence section. To say that 2014 was a good year for Professor Alison Downard is a bit of an understatement. Even her admission that it was ‘really good’ is somewhat shy of the mark, given that she was made […]

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Oct
06

The Best 100 Science Experiments – Round 2!

Children need to engage with science as early as possible; the more science the better, for them and society. “Presenting science in ways that give students the same sense of excitement and challenge that motivates grown-up scientists is important” says The MacDiarmid Institute’s Deputy Director Stakeholder Engagement Professor Alison Downard, “that’s the thinking behind our […]

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May
16

MacDiarmid Institute Refunded: Thank you and congratulations

With the news that we have been successful in gaining funding through to the end of 2020 I get to be a bit self-indulgent this week and focus on thanking people for their participation and support during the past year or so as we developed the strategy for the bid. Many people have played very […]

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Feb
04

International Award for Alison Downard

Congratulations to Professor Alison Downard, University of Canterbury, who was recently recognised by the international electrochemistry community, when she won the 2014 Electrochemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute’s Stokes Medal. The R.H. Stokes Medal is awarded for distinguished research in the field of electrochemistry carried out mainly in Australasia. Past recipients include R.H. Stokes, […]

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Dec
20

The Christmas Wrap

We’ve had another big year. We welcomed two new Deputy Directors Profs David Williams (UoA) and Alison Downard (UoC) (Shaun Hendy stepping down at the end of last year and Simon Brown at mid year). We also welcomed six new Principal Investigators (Natalie Plank (VUW), Cather Simpson (UoA), John Kennedy (GNS), Duncan McGillivray (UoA), Bernd […]

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Dec
06

The Bid is Gone – YAY – let the doing begin!

Eight months of living and breathing the MacDiarmid Institute Centre of Research Excellence funding proposal to come down to a click of the mouse. Where were the trumpets, the marching band, the ticker tape parade?! Shouldn’t such a momentous occasion be marked with an explosion of lights and fanfare rather than the soft snoring sound […]

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Nov
25

Marsden Success 2013

Four Principal Investigators of The MacDiarmid Institute have been awarded Marsden Fund grants. Congratulations to Principal Investigators Profs Sally Brooker (Otago) Alison Downard (Canterbury) and Jeff Tallon (Callaghan Innovation) and Associate Investigator Dr Franck Natali (Victoria) for their success as the lead scientists on newly awarded Marsden grants. Graphene supercapacitors: transforming energy storage solutions Professor […]

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Jul
05

New Deputy Director Professor Alison Downard

Alison is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Canterbury she started as a lecturer at Canterbury in 1988, which was her first academic appointment.  She is a founding Principal Investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute.  Alison is an internationally recognised leader in surface modification and engineering using electrochemical methods.  She has pioneered many of […]

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Jun
29

Commitment and Collegiality

These plans will be the basis for a joint meeting between the Board and the Science Executive at the end of July. They define what we are doing now and what we intend to do, forming the basis for our rebidding proposal. The meeting was great and showed to me yet again how amazing the […]

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Apr
11

Electrochemistry Bootcamp

Professor David Williams introduced the theory and fundamentals, which was complemented by lectures on batteries by Professor Simon Hall and lectures on nanotechnology and sensors by Professor Alison Downard. This provided a good mix of theory and applications, and the challenging lectures were enjoyed by all. Camp-style lodging and delicious food was provided by MESA […]

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Organising protein fibrils (nanotubes) into higher order assemblies (Gerrard, Downard, Williams(D), Travas-Sejdic, Blaikie)

With collaborators in other Theme areas (particularly Themes 1 and 5), we will develop methods for organizing the fibrils into higher order structures and will explore the properties of the new materials.  

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Functionalised surfaces (Travas-Sejdic, Downard, Hall, Williams(D))

Our work focuses in three areas: i) Optimisation of new approaches for grafting nanoscale organic layers on conducting and non-conducting surfaces and development of methods for patterning the layers and exploiting their reactivity. The approach under study relies on the generation of radicals which attack and bind to the substrate, resulting in strong and stable […]

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