Mar
22

Teamwork facilitates a detailed pressure-induced spin crossover study

Our team around Principal Investigator Sally Brooker, Associate Investigator Geoff Jameson and Emeritus Investigator Jeff Tallon took on the challange and investigated a first row transition metal complex upon their spin states under the influence of external stimuli such as pressure and temperature. When the ligand field in octahedral d4-d7 first row transition metal complexes […]

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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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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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Aug
02

Jeff Tallon Victoria University of Wellington Distinguished Alumni

Jeff has many plaudits already including being awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand’s top award; the Rutherford Medal in 2002, jointly being presented the Inaugural Prime Minister’s Science Prize in 2009 with Dr Bob Buckley his long-time colleague, collaborator and friend and receiving a DSC from VUW in 1997. Jeff has held a James […]

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May
27

New IAB Chair

Distinguished scientist and new MacDiarmid Institute International Advisory Board Chair, Dr Jeff Tallon spent his formative years mucking about in sheds with crystal sets and Popular Mechanics, taking things apart and figuring out how to put them back again. This quintessential Kiwi childhood has led to an international career at the vanguard of superconductor research, […]

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Transport in the Nanoworld

Understanding of nanofluidics has the potential to revolutionise the way in which particle sensing and analysis, and ultimately molecular biology, is done. We seek to manipulate transport of fluid and particles in and around micro- to nano-scale devices, individual pores and porous materials. We use elastomeric tunable nanopores to study a wide range of interesting […]

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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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Tunable Nanopores for Genomics and Diagnostics (Willmott, Partridge, Tallon, Etchegoin, Tilley)

This objective aims to develop applications for tunable nanopores in collaboration with Izon Science, a Christchurch nanotechnology startup.  A long-term goal is to achieve sequential detection of bases on RNA or DNA segments as they pass through a nanopore. To do this, tunable nanopores are being studied in combination with plasmonic noble metal particles and […]

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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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Nov
29

Quantum Design Helium Recycler for SQUID Magnetometer

About the Instrument: The new Quantum Design Helium Recycler removes this cost altogether. It has its own refrigerator and simply recycles the helium. “I’ve been trying for years to get this helium recycler” says Callaghan Innovation researcher Jeff Tallon, “and the business case for it is unbeatable.” The SQUID is a very sensitive instrument for […]

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Nov
29

Quantum Design PPMS with Evercool Dewar

About the Instrument: “The PPMS is an entire lab combined into one instrument,” says Jeff. It measures specific heat, thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, magneto-resistance, Hall effect, thermo-electric power, magneto-thermo power. There’s also a vibrating sample magnetometer which allows you to measure magnetic properties. It offers a range of temperatures from 1.5 K to 800 K […]

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Nov
25

Prof Jeff Tallon: 2011 Dan Walls Medal

Professor Jeff Tallon was awarded the 2011 New Zealand Institute of Physics’ Dan Walls Medal. The Dan Walls medal is awarded to the physicist working in New Zealand for at least the past ten years who is deemed to have made the greatest impact, both nationally and internationally, in his/her field of research. Jeff is […]

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