Keith Gordon

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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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Energy For The Future

Work at the forefront of human understanding is possible when scientists across the country work together, says Keith Gordon. The University of Otago Professor of Chemistry is the MacDiarmid Institute’s Science Leader in the vital area of Materials for Energy Capture and Utilisation.  “There are a couple of things to think about with energy. First we […]

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Powering up

A SURPRISING DISCOVERY is set to accelerate the global search for better solar materials. Total darkness. A large black table sprouts mirrors like some kind of extra-terrestrial mushroom farm. Orange laser light bounces from one mirror to the next, hits a small square of plastic and disappears into a black box. The laser has just […]

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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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Professor Keith Gordon – An inquisitive mind

  Keith Gordon’s research focuses on molecular materials, specifically the spectroscopy of inorganic and biological systems, at the University of Otago.
He became interested in science at a very young age, with the kind of mucking about
with chemistry sets and interest in biology and
botany that characterises so many inquisitive
minds in childhood. He was encouraged to
choose chemistry […]

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AMN-4

  AMN-4 Advanced Materials and Nantechnology conference was held in February 2009 at The University of Otago in Dunedin. Professor Sally Brooker and Professor Keith Gordon headed the organising team. 331 delegates attended, of whom 181 were from New Zealand and 150 were interna­tional. The registration was very pleasing considering that travel to the southern […]

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Korea – New Zealand AMN-3 Satellite Meeting

  The high international profile created by the MacDiarmid Institute’s Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology conferences means that it has been possible for researchers with interests in certain key areas, such as the Nano- and Bionano-Technology to meet together as part of the larger conference, and to host the International Conference on Quantum Transport and Quantum […]

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Conducting Polymers in Queenstown and Wollongong

2004 saw MacDiarmid Institute researchers involved in organising a highly successful satellite symposium to ICSM04, the 2004 International Conference on The Science and Technology of Synthetic Metals. The symposium “ New Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage” was held in June at the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown with international speakers including Alan MacDiarmid (University of Pennsylvania), Arthur Epstein (Ohio State University) […]

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Bright Lights Beckon for OLED Research : Looking at the future of OLEDs

  The bright lights of Las Vegas may get a little brighter thanks to some clever technology under development through a New Zealand collaboration of academic researchers and commercial interests. One New Zealand company, ScreenSign Arts , is already exporting $10 million in gaming machines, making use of the current generation of screen-printed, light- emitting […]

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