Aug
31

Peter Murmu talks about his experience with the MacDiarmid Institute

Dr Peter Murmu was an MSc student at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay when he was offered a PhD scholarship from GNS Science and Victoria University of Wellington. He says he was drawn to New Zealand in part because it was the birthplace of Ernest Rutherford. “I had heard about New Zealand before […]

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Feb
04

Nanocamp 2014 in Review

By Associate Professor Michele Governale From the 15th to the 17th of January SCPS hosted the 6th edition of Nanocamp, a week-long science camp sponsored by The MacDiarmid Institute for students starting their last year of high school in 2014. The selection process to be admitted to Nanocamp is extremely competitive, with the best science students in the country […]

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May
18

Building collaborations and partnerships and defining our future

The Forum is a partnership between the MacDiarmid Institute, Victoria University of Wellington, the Royal Society of New Zealand and Te Aitanga a Hauiti iwi and the East Coast community of Tolaga Bay. Sir Paul Callaghan conceived the idea of the Forum and drove it. He envisioned an event in which collectively we considered New […]

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Dec
16

Last thoughts for 2011

We have had a large number of successes this year, starting with Professor Sir Paul Callaghan (VUW) being named New Zealander of the Year which led straight into our biennial International conference.  This year the conference was held in Wellington and it was the largest of the five that we have held, bringing several hundred […]

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Superconducting and spin-dependent properties of novel materials (Tallon, Williams, Trodahl, Ruck)

We have a high-profile programme investigating high-temperature superconductors (HTS) and related materials. We focus on achieving a thermodynamic understanding of HTS by determining the pressure-, temperature-, doping- and ion-size-dependence of all the important energy and length scales pertinent to superconductivity using NMR, specific heat, Raman and muon spin relaxation. We also continue the search for […]

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Optoelectronic properties of nanoscale and advanced materials (Ruck, Trodahl, Reeves, LeRu, Metson, Williams)

Several members of the rare-earth nitride series are known to be magnetic semiconductors, and we will measure their electrical conductivity and photoconductivity at room temperature and in their low-temperature magnetic phase. The results will be interpreted in terms of modern band structure calculations, and in terms of models of the crystalline defects in the materials. […]

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Nov
29

Ultra-High-Vacuum Deposition System

The new facility has already helped them secure two research grants from the NERF and Marsden funds to develop spintronic applications. About the Equipment: This Ultra-High Vacuum system is designed for growing pure crystalline films of just about any material. It includes an ionising gas source to introduce nitrogen or other gases into the chamber […]

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Nov
29

Low Temperature ‘Mini-lab’ with Closed Cycle Cryostat

About the Equipment: “It’s just like a fridge,” says Ben. “you press a button and you can go down to 3.5K (-269.5°C)… The other neat thing is that you can hold the temperature steady anywhere in between.” As Ben explains, there are two types of measurements available. “One is temperature dependent resistivity – that’s fantastic […]

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Jan
01

Electronic and Optical Materials with Dr Ben Ruck

Many of the materials are magnetic, and I am particularly interested in understanding the origins of the magnetic behaviour and how it affects the ability of the materials to conduct electricity.My present focus is on a class of materials called “rare-earth nitrides”, which we prepare in the form of very thin layers grown on top […]

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