Jeff Tallon

Jul
13

Stuart Wimbush: From materials to systems

Story by Ruth Beran Commercialising high temperature superconductors is what the 25 scientists and engineers at the Robinson Research Institute (RRI) do best. Formerly part of IRL, and called the Superconductivity and Energy Team, the RRI is now part of Victoria University of Wellington. The Robinson Research Institute was named after the late Dr Bill […]

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Jul
10

Public Lecture Series: The Energy Revolution

The age of fossil fuels is coming to an end.  Global warming from their burning is undeniable.  But when will tomorrow begin? Will there be a long transition period, with a mish-mash of renewables while we learn to harness the sun’s energy efficiently, as plants have been doing for 3.5 billion years?  Is there even enough sunlight […]

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Controlling their own destiny

The scientific legacy of Dr Bill Robinson is a new Institute at Victoria University Wellington bearing his name. The Robinson Research Institute is a newly-formed institute at Victoria which comprises the 25 scientists and engineers who previously formed the Superconductivity & Energy team at Callaghan Innovation (formerly IRL). This team has moved in its entirety from their previous employer to Victoria University […]

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Jeff Tallon – Asking The Big Questions

  Jeff’s internationally renowned research focuses on high-Tc superconductors (HTS), particularly the physics and materials science of HTS – thermodynamics, magnetism, electronic transport properties, novel materials, and flux pinning. He’s been a research scientist for 46 years – working through three versions of the same government body – DSIR, IRL, and now, Callaghan Innovation. During […]

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Chance Only Favours the Prepared Mind

Looking back at eleven years of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology   “When you’ve got the equipment, the expertise, and the space to think about problems in a different way, the research almost tells its own story.”   Popular culture delights in the concept of scientific serendipity: Alexander Fleming discovering penicillin after […]

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Chasing Synchrotron Radiation Around the World

  What do you do when almost every piece of equipment you need for your research can only be found overseas? The answer’s pretty obvious – you go overseas. That’s what MacDiarmid Institute Associate Investigator Bridget Ingham did. After completing her PhD at Victoria, under the supervision of Professors Jeff Tallon and Alan Kaiser, she […]

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Collaborating On A (Very) Small Scale

    Casual conversations over conference tea-cups, chance meetings in stairwells, idle flicking through a journal – these may not sound like the stuff of which scientific endeavours are made, but they can provide a surprisingly significant role in the development of research projects and collaborations that span an organisation, a city, sometimes even the […]

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Distinguished Awards in 2011

  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 a […]

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The Glittering Prizes

The MacDiarmid Institute is proud to be associated with the following outstanding individuals and to congratulate them on being recognised for their work. Professor Sir Paul Callaghan was awarded the prestigious international Günther Laukien prize. The prize was for his groundbreaking work on  Magnetic resonance. Nobel Laureate Richard Ernst, who chaired the prize commitee praised Sir Paul’s […]

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Peering Inside Nanopores

“We make money from invisible holes.  But we can’t afford to be invisible.” Hans van der Voorn, Executive Chairman of nanotechnology start-up firm Izon, spreads out a series of brochures highlighting his company’s brightly-coloured, cheerful-looking devices, each housing its trademark nanopore technology. “We made a conscious decision not to have any grey instruments. It’s a little unusual, […]

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A Spirit of Collaboration

  In 2003, the MacDiarmid Institute was given a 10 million dollar grant from the Government’s education budget to spend on new equipment. It was a shower of rain after drought. Researchers finally had access to world class facilities and the Institute flourished. In four years the number of papers published more than tripled and […]

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Super Science

  Imagine a modest-sized cruise ship visiting New Zealand a few summers from now. It’s elegant, sleek and gleaming. It’s also one of the world’s most powerful vessels, though if you were to get aboard and ask to look at the engine room you’d be disappointed. There isn’t one. That’s because the 50,000 horsepower engines […]

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MacDiarmid Science Goes Commercial

MacDiarmid scientists are motivated to research because of their passion for science. They spend their time in the pleasure of wondering about clusters of atoms, new chemical reaction pathways, the interaction of light with electrons, evanescent waves near surfaces and nuclear spin dynamics. But when that wondering and that science results in obvious utility, the pleasure […]

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New Marsden Grants for MacDiarmid Researchers

  Three research teams from the MacDiarmid Institute gained new three-year Marsden research grants in the 2003 round out of the 12 awarded by the Physical Sciences and Engineering panel. The projects were: “Sub-wavelength optics using surface plasmons” at $255,000 per annum and led by Associate Professor Richard Blaikie, and Dr Maan Alkaisi; “Inhomogeneity and […]

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Patent Battle Victory

  Two MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigators, Professor Jeff Tallon and Dr Bob Buckley, are part of a team which has won a 14 year international patent battle.A patent has finally been awarded by the US Patent Office for Industrial Research’s key high-temperature superconducting ceramic discovery. This material is the only substance being used commercially in […]

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European Research Funding – The 6th Framework Programme

  In early June I participated in a Ministerial Delegation to the European Commission for briefings on the EU 6th Framework Programme (FP6) and to explore possible R&D relationships between NZ and the EU within FP6. FP6 is a response to the perceived need to establish EU competitiveness with the USA and Japan. Like NZ, […]

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MacDiarmid Investigator Awarded Rutherford Medal

  On Thursday 21 November 2002 the Royal Society of New Zealand presented its highest honour, the Rutherford Medal, to Professor Jeff Tallon. The Hon Pete Hodgson, Minister of Research, Science and Technology, presented the medal on the eve of an international conference at Te Papa, “Being Human: Science, Culture and Fear”. Professor Tallon is […]

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