Nov
22

MacDiarmid Investigators success with 2012 Rutherford Discovery Fellowships

Congratulations to MacDiarmid Principal Investigators, Dr Geoff Willmott (IRL) and Dr Martin Allen (CU), who have been awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships, two of only ten this year.  The Fellowships are designed to help develop their research careers in New Zealand and will provide financial support of $160,000 per annum to them over a five-year period.  […]

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Nov
05

Bright Ideas Funding

Background A freshly formed “bright idea” is often very delicate and it needs time to develop before it enters a rigorous selection process. MacDiarmid Institute Bright Ideas funding is designed to responsively support early stage ideas with a maximum of flexibility and a minimum of bureaucracy. We want to support “bright ideas” to the stage […]

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Nov
05

Lead Innovation Award

Wellington’s strength in biomedical innovation has been recognised through the recent Innovating for Health Challenge.  The Challenge was conceived by Grow Wellington to showcase and support the breadth of reseach and commercial activity in the Wellington region in the biomedical sector. Submissions were received across a broad suite of health-research related topics and development levels, […]

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Oct
24

Marsden Success

The Royal Society of New Zealand today announced the successfull Marsden Fund grants.  Amongst the 86 research projects were two significant projects belonging to MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigators Professor Richard Blaikie (University of Otago), and Dr Geoff Willmott (Industrial Research Limited), and another led by Associate Investigator Dr Aaron Marshall (University of Canterbury). Engineering optical […]

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Oct
17

3 Investigators Made RSNZ Fellows

The three Principal Investigators, with ties to four of our seven partner institutes, are currently or have previously been members of our Science Executive, and all make a significant contribution to the leadership and direction of the MacDiarmid Institute. Professor Shaun Hendy – Industrial Research Limited, Victoria University of Wellington Professor Juliet Gerrard – University […]

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Oct
16

Director Finalist in 2012 Wellys

These awards, affectionately called “the Wellys”, celebrate the contributions of outstanding Wellingtonians. There are 35 finalists in 9 categories: Arts, Business, Community Service, Education, Environment, Government, Science & Technology, Sport and Youth. The winner from each category, and the supreme winner, will be announced at the awards dinner on Thursday, 22 November. Links: 2012 Wellys – […]

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Sep
24

MacDiarmid Investigators success with MSI bids

Congratulations to the following MacDiarmid Institute Investigators named on awarded MSI grants, in no particular order:   New Cathodes, $964,050 over 2 years: Simon Hall (Lead Scientist, MU) Magnetic Devices, $3.9 m over 4 years: John Kennedy (Co-Lead Scientist, GNS) and Simon Granville (IRL) [Grant co-lead with Nick Long, IRL] Laser Micromachining, $7.8 m over […]

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Sep
20

Surviving the Dragons Den!

The MacDiarmid Institute is full of great ideas but……… how do you take the next step to making them a commercial realty? Yiwen, Ben and Alec were fortunate to be able to do this in a MacDiarmid sponsored initiative.  Each of them took an Institute idea along to a University of Canterbury MEM (Master of […]

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Aug
02

Four New AIs

Penny Brothers was appointed an AI in February 2012.  She was born and grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, and completed BSc and MSc(Hons) degrees in chemistry at the University of Auckland. In 1979 she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and set off for Stanford University to begin a PhD in chemistry under the supervision of […]

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Jul
12

Opening Young Eyes to a New Perspective on Colour

Like these kids, I was taught in art class that the primary colours are red, blue, and yellow and we can mix them to come up with any colour of the rainbow. So the kids were surprised to discover that mixing full-strength blue and yellow light produces bright white.  It isn’t easy for the little […]

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Jun
18

Commercialisation of protein science

The goal of the programme is to set up an integrated research programme across BIC and IRL that is connected to Industry. Juliet’s Fellowship resources include a postdoctoral fellow and two PhD students, all based at the IRL campus in Lower Hutt. She spends 50% of her time at each institution. The new Protein Science […]

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May
25

Sparking a Passion for Science in the Young

At the launch of Chiasma (Wellington, 29 March 2012), I had met Susan Weekes from Future In Tech which is an initiative of IPENZ Engineers New Zealand to address the serious shortage of scientifically educated people in New Zealand. Susan’s job links students, teachers and career advisors with scientists and engineers. At the school, I spoke to […]

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May
25

Current Understandings of Electrostatics Challenged

For more information, on these revelations read “Like attracts like?” (Nature News, 23 May 2012) Lekner, J.Proc. R. Soc. A http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2012.0133 (2012). Abstract We prove that two charged conducting spheres will almost always attract each other at close approach, even when they have like charges. The one exception is when the two spheres have the […]

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MESA Chair Wins Chiasma Prize

“My proposal to commercialise a scanned nanopipette system, a prototype of which I built during the course of my PhD research, won the special $2000 Chiasma prize. This is given out for the best research idea with potential biotech applications, as awarded by the University of Auckland’s Spark Entrepreneurship Ideas Challenge. “I was greatly assisted by Dr. […]

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May
10

Auckland Joins Partnership

The MacDiarmid Institute’s network is growing, with an official partnership with the University of Auckland announced this week. The new arrangement builds on a long-standing relationship between the two institutions, and will facilitate more in-depth collaboration and sharing of resources, while strengthening reputations on both sides.”This is a really big deal for us,” says MacDiarmid […]

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May
07

Sir Paul Callaghan’s Work Continues

A JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT BY PARTNERS IN THE TRANSIT OF VENUS PROJECT: The MacDiarmid Institute, the Royal Society of New Zealand, Victoria University of Wellington, and Te Aitanga a Hauiti and the people of Tolaga Bay. http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/events/2012-transit-of-venus-forum-lifting-our-horizon/ The Transit of Venus forum was founded by Professor Sir Paul Callaghan, who passed away in March this year. […]

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Apr
26

REGISTER NOW For the Transit of Venus Forum

Before Sir Paul Callaghan died, Sir Peter Gluckman talked to him about his objectives for the Forum, and he is now working with Sir Paul’s colleagues and partners in the project – Charles Daugherty, Bill Manhire, Lydia Wevers, Di McCarthy, David Bibby, Kate McGrath, and Shaun Hendy.  Sir Peter will chair the session on science […]

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Apr
17

ANZ Micro/Nanofluidics and Bionano Symposium

The symposium – the third in a series, and the first held in New Zealand – started with an excellent plenary on manipulation of multiphase droplets and colloids from A/Prof. Saif Khan (National University of Singapore). Talks were wide-ranging, ranging from cellular science to device development and theoretical modelling work. Bryon Wright (University of Auckland […]

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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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Apr
11

Callaghan Fellowships

The Sir Paul Callaghan Innovation Fellowships Sir Paul was passionate about taking research from the lab bench into the market place. These Fellowships recognise Sir Paul’s passion and commitment by giving an opportunity for academics to directly pursue commercialisation opportunities. Prof Simon Brown, the Institute’s Deputy Director (Commercialisation and Industry Engagement), said “while many academics […]

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Apr
03

Lifting our Horizon

“The Project is the culmination of his drive for scientific, evidence-based decisions in all areas of the economy, and to make this country a place where “talent wants to live”, as he liked to say.  He was one of our greatest talents, who chose to make his career here. He proved that you could have […]

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Apr
03

Chiasma Launched in Wellington

The launch featured talks from former Ministry of Research, Science and Technology Chief Executive Dr. Helen Anderson (pictured above) and Magritek CEO Dr. Andrew Coy, as well as Chiasma WGTN CEO, Ben Mallett. “It’s a great initiative” said MacDiarmid Institute Director Professor Kathryn McGrath, who was present at the launch.  “The event was very well […]

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Mar
27

Professor Sir Paul Callaghan’s funeral service

Sir Paul’s family are aware that many people will wish to pay their respects and to be a part of the funeral service.  In order to facilitate this while working around the constraints of limited space at Wesley Church a live web stream of the service is being provided. Victoria University of Wellington have made […]

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Mar
24

International Advisory Board Remember Professor Sir Paul Callaghan

When he was chair of physics at Massey, he was exceedingly fair in his treatment of colleagues, and handled everything with a minimum of wasted time.  Everyone from the machine shop workers to the prima donnas had to admit that Paul was extraordinarily altruistic.  He revelled in others’ success and sang their praises, not his […]

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Mar
24

MacDiarmid Institute mourns the loss of Sir Paul

Paul has been synonymous with the MacDiarmid Institute since its inception.  His contributions to science, his leadership and his vision for New Zealand have influenced the entire nation, inspiring scientists and non-scientists alike.  Paul was actively engaged with a diverse range of people, and drew great pleasure from working with them to achieve their best […]

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Mar
24

Board Greatly Saddened by Passing of Professor Sir Paul Callaghan

Do not go gentle into that good night,Old age should burn and rage at close of day;Rage, rage against the dying of the light. – Dylan Thomas Paul attracted widespread international recognition, winning many science prizes and accolades. He was a Fellow of both the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Royal Society of […]

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Feb
24

Juliet Gerrard new Chair of Marsden Fund Council

“Juliet is an inspirational scientist.” says Institute Director Kathryn McGrath “She constantly looks for and sees the possibilities and opportunities within a new science idea and is a strong motivator and mentor within New Zealand’s science community, she will be an exemplar Chair of the Council.”. Juliet is based at the School of Biological Sciences […]

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Feb
24

MacDiarmid Institute and Creative HQ on quest for new high-tech companies

This programme will focus on new Intellectual Property (IP) and product opportunities that are emerging from the various streams of specialised research being undertaken by the MacDiarmid Institute, which is spread across NZ’s five leading universities, and the Crown Research Institutes; Industrial Research Limited and Geological and Nuclear Sciences. The MacDiarmid Institute comprises 40 Principal […]

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Feb
14

Open Call for New Principal Investigators

An open call for applications for Principal Investigator status takes place every three years.  Admission to the Institute is dependent on strict criteria being met, including the limitation that the researchers must be based in New Zealand.  The number of new Principal Investigators is limited by funding considerations. Principal Investigators receive a proportion of their […]

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Jan
19

Summer Nano in Wellington

Every summer, a group of top science students from across the country is hosted at one of our six partner organisations. Participants are selected from a large number of applications (55 were received this year) based on their academic standing, a written essay, and recommendations from their science teachers. The 2012 contingent comprises students from […]

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Nov
25

Prof Geoff Jameson: 2011 Marsden Medal

Professor Geoff Jameson was awarded the 2011 New Zealand Association of Scientists’ Marsden Medal. The Marsden Medal is awarded for a lifetime of outstanding service to the cause or profession of science, in recognition of service rendered to the cause or profession of science in the widest connotation of the phrase. Geoff is an Associate […]

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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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Nov
24

Prof David Williams: 2011 Maurice Wilkins Centre Prize

Prof David Williams was awarded the 2011 New Zealand Institute of Chemistry’s Maurice Wilkins Centre Prize. The prize is awarded to a member of the Institute who has made a significant contribution to some branch of chemical science, in the past five years. David is based in the Department of Chemistry at Auckland University and […]

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Nov
16

New PhD and PDF Opportunities

The MacDiarmid Institute is offering four postdoctoral research fellowships (PDF) and three PhD positions across two of our strategic research areas: Electrocatalytic Metal Nanocrystals and Biophysics and Soft Matter.  These positions will be appointed across three of our host institutions. It is anticipated that the successful PDF applicants will be available to commence employment in […]

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Nov
04

Elected Fellows

This week two of our Principal Investigators Professor Richard Blaikie and Professor Pablo Etchegoin were elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand is an honour conferred for distinction in research or the advancement of science or technology, or the humanities. This recognition is richly […]

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Oct
12

Justin Hodgkiss – Rutherford Fellowship

Justin Hodgkiss, one of our Principal Investigators was named as one of the 2011 recipients of the Rutherford Discovery Fellowships. Congratulations Justin. Ten researchers awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships Justin completed his undergraduate degree with a major in Chemistry at Otago University. The recipient of a Fulbright PhD Scholarship, Justin completed his PhD at MIT with […]

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May
18

New role for Prof Richard Blaikie

Professor Richard Blaikie, current Director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, has been appointed as the University of Otago’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise).  Professor Blaikie will step down as Director of the Institute in July and take up the new position in December and will be replaced by Professor Kathryn McGrath, […]

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May
17

New Director for MacDiarmid Institute

The Board of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is delighted to announce that Professor Kathryn McGrath has been appointed as Director of the institute, to succeed the outgoing Director, Professor Richard Blaikie.She will begin the role on 1 July 2011. Professor McGrath, from Victoria University’s School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, has […]

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May
01

NZ Economic Growth

Paul Callaghan Sustainable economic growth for New Zealand: An optimistic myth-busting approach.

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Feb
24

HEKE: Heroic Educated Kiwi Expatriates

Sir Paul Callaghan, New Zealander of the Year and the founding Director of the MacDiarmid Institute has begun an innovative campaign to bring more money into New Zealand from overseas to assist with recovery following the Christchurch Earthquake. Two billion dollars are currently owed by 85,000 New Zealanders based overseas on unpaid student loans, and […]

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Christchurch Earthquake

The MacDiarmid institute would like to extend to our colleagues based in Christchurch our love and support in this time of tragedy. We understand from our Director, Richard Blaikie, that everyone was accounted for at Canterbury University, and there were only minor injuries. From the Director: You will know of our most recent earthquake in […]

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Jan
01

Awhina Cybrospace Porirua Community Outreach

Elf Eldrige represented the MacDiarmid Institute at the Awhina Cybrospace Porirua Community Outreach on 27 August at Te Rauparaha Arena. 1040 pupils attended the event, with the chemistry and physics presentations being among the favourites.

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Jan
01

The MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year Awards

About the Awards The MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year Awards are presented annually by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology to celebrate the achievements of the country’s top emerging researchers and scientists and raise the profile of science nationally. The MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year Awards, in association with principal sponsor Fisher […]

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Jan
01

Roger Reeves Awarded the T. K. Sidey Medal

MacDiarmid Institute researcher Associate Professor Roger Reeves, has been awarded the T. K Sidey Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to research intrinsically associated with electromagnetic radiation. The T. K. Sidey Medal is awarded at irregular intervals for outstanding scientific research concerning electromagnetic radiation. This research comprises applications in any way beneficial to human […]

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Jan
01

MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year 2009

John Watt was awarded MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year at a ceremony in Auckland on Friday 27 August. John’s work has been focused on using palladium particles to remove toxic gases, including carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide, from dirty exhaust fumes emmitted by vehicles. The present process is ‘horribly inefficient’ and much more expensive […]

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Jan
01

MacDiarmid sponsors aspiring scientists

The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to sponsor two pupils who will attended the the 2009 Asian Science Camp in August in Tsukuba in Japan. Georgia Stewart, Wellington East Girls’ College and Hugh McHugh, Lindisfarne College, Hawkes Bay.   Georgia was chosen from the top achievers in the International Young Physicists Tournament and Hugh from the […]

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Jan
01

2011 Science and Innovation in Education Forum

Duxton Hotel, Wellington New Zealand’s future hinges on our ability to prepare our next generation, to harness their creativity, dynamism and insight. This kind of innovation however isn’t born in the boardroom or on the factory floor. It doesn’t begin in a basement workshop or a research laboratory. That’s where the payoff happens. It starts […]

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Jan
01

A New Science Collaboration

In recent years it has become increasingly common for social scientists to work alongside scientists as part of the `ELSI-fication’ of research (understanding the ethical, legal and social implications of scientific research). With this in mind, the MacDiarmid Institute commissioned two social science research projects in 2004 to be conducted by independent researchers. The first […]

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Jan
01

The 2007 Blake Medalist: Professor Paul Callaghan

Professor Paul Callaghan, director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, has been awarded the Blake Medal for Leadership. Paul Callaghan is a world leader in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance, and has worked tirelessly to make science more accessible to the general public. For more information, please visit the Sir Peter […]

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Jan
01

New Zealand Materials Research Society

Currently, there is no materials research society in existence within New Zealand that caters for and links the community of researchers working in the various research fields of materials science and engineering. I would like to announce the formation of a newly incorporated materials society in New Zealand – The New Zealand Materials Research Society […]

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Jan
01

Nanotechnology: Ethical and Social Issues

“Despite the prospects for benefits, given public controversy over the use of genetic modification (GM), it cannot be entirely ruled out that nanotechnology will have problems with public acceptance. Debate about the issue of nanotechnology can be informed by an understanding of public reactions.”Nanotechnology: Ethical and Social Issues In recent years it has become increasingly […]

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Jan
01

Tools for Transformation

Tools for Transformation details the important stock of scientific equipment purchased by the Institute, and their impact on the research carried out not only by our researchers, but also other researchers in New Zealand and Internationally.      

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Jan
01

Discovery Awards for Maori and Pacific Pupils 2009

The aim of the project is to brings year 12 or 13 Maori and Pacific pupils who are interested in science into research laboratories to work in the groups of leading scientists with the intention of nurturing an interest in science and exposing pupils to possible career options.  

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Jan
01

Images of Nanotechnology Competition

We are running a competition to find the best NZ images from nanotechnology research. The best images will be displayed at a special exhibition in Christchurch in August / September, and there are $2000 in prizes. All NZ based researchers and research students are encouraged to enter their best images before 25 June 2010. Entries […]

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Jan
01

Wool to Weta launch

“Wool to Weta” – by Professor Paul Callaghan was launched in the Grand Hall at Parliament on Tuesday 10 February. Tackling difficult issues, from the tyranny of distance to our aversion to risk, Professor Callaghan finds a vision for the future built on shifting from Wool to Weta – from relying on agriculture and tourism […]

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Jan
01

MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year

Congratulations to Simon Rogers and Conrad Lendrum who were recognised in the prestigious MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year Awards. There was really tough competition as always and their success recognises their ability not only in science quality but in science communication as well. Without wishing to detract from the achievements of all the awardees, […]

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Jan
01

Call for new Principal Investigators

The MacDiarmid Institute calls for expressions of interest from individuals who wish to be considered for Principal Investigator status. Such status not only confers Institute membership, and so access to our extensive network of materials science infrastructure, but also comes with a direct funding stream for Institute- related research. Applications closed

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Jan
01

Safety, nanomaterial research in university laboratories

Only certain nanotechnologies will pose new health and/or safety hazards. The health and safety hazards that have been identified to date are for unbound or free nanomaterials. The limited information available on the toxicity of nanomaterials indicates that their toxicity depends on their physico-chemical characteristics including size, shape, composition and surface area.  

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Jan
01

The MacDiarmid Building opening

The Alan MacDiarmid Building was opened by the Prime Minister John Key on Wednesday 21 July. Also attending were Steven Joyce (Tertiary Education), Wayne Mapp (Science and Innovation) and Kerry Prendergast Wellington Mayor. Members of Alan’s family and friends came from the US and various parts of New Zealand to attend the opening function. On […]

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Jan
01

Martin Lord Rees Visit

Martin Lord Rees, President of the Royal Society of London, made visits to two of the Institute sites (UC and VUW) during his whirlwind tour of New Zealand, and he interacted with many of our young researchers at these times. At both events, an informal conversation at UC and more formal presentations at VUW, our […]

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Jan
01

Kate McGrath Receives NZAS Research Medal

Associate Professor Kate McGrath received the NZ Association of Scientists (NZAS) Research Medal, for outstanding research by a young scientist, at the Science Honours Dinner held in Dunedin on Tuesday 20th November. Associate Professor Kathryn McGrath is a Principal Investigator at the MacDiarmid Institute in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University […]

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Jan
01

Professor Sir Paul Callaghan Named New Zealander Of The Year

Paul Callaghan, one of our Principal Investigators and our Founding Director, has been named New Zealander of the Year for 2011. With the other finalists being sustainable business leader Peri Drysdale and youth leader Stephen Boxer this is another fine example of the leadership and vision that Sir Paul is providing in showing that science […]

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Jan
01

Jim Johnston awarded NZIC Prize for Applied and Industrial Chemistry

Congratulations to Jim Johnston, who has been awarded the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Prize for Excellence in Industrial and Applied Chemistry; a significant national honour awarded for meritorious achievement in the field of industrial or applied chemistry. Jim has built an impressive research platform in the development of new chemical process technology and new […]

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Jan
01

A Nanotechnology Initiative for New Zealand

New Zealand scientists, science managers and science investors are considering how we might respond to the new opportunities presented by worldwide developments in nanotechnology. The Ministry for Research Science and Technology is developing its Nanotechnology Roadmap and the Foundation for Research Science and Technology is looking at how any decision to increase our Research Science […]

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Jan
01

Reception for Paul Callaghan

A reception was held on 04 June to mark Paul’s leaving of the post of Director at the MacDiarmid Institute. Paul’s friends and colleagues gathered to wish him well and to express their gratitude for his unstinting efforts on behalf of the Institute.     Prof Ian Watson acted as MC for the evening and […]

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Jan
01

Alan MacDiarmid 14 April 1927 – 07 February 2007

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Professor Alan MacDiarmid ONZ, FRS, FRSNZ.Alan MacDiarmid 14 April 1927 – 07 February 2007   A Memorial Service will be held at 03:00 pm on Friday 16 March in Wellington Cathedral. All welcome. Alan won the 2000 Nobel prize for Chemistry jointly with Hideki […]

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Jan
01

Minister visits the Institute

Minister for Research Science and Technology Dr Wayne Mapp visited the MacDiarmid Institute on 12 August. Presentations about the work of the Institute were followed by visits to laboratories. with Professor Sir Paul Callaghan in the NMR lab,  with Dr Geoff Willmott in the Raman Lab, with Professor of Nanotechnology, Pablo Etchegoin in Raman lab […]

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Jan
01

Asian Science Camp 2009

The MacDiarmid Institute sponsored two students to attend the Asian Science Camp held in Tsukuba in August this year, they are Georgia Stewart, Wellington East Girls’ College and Hugh McHugh, Lindisfarne College, Hawkes Bay. I spent a week attending lectures given by Nobel laureates on subjects as diverse as ‘astronomical telescopes’ and ‘symmetry in physics,’ […]

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Jan
01

Top Teachers

A meeting, supported by the MacDiarmid Institute, was held on 18 May at Victoria University for students interested in teaching careers. There were 60 participants. The event opened with an address by Paul Callaghan and was lead by Howard Lukefahr.

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Jan
01

New Director for the Institute

Professor Richard Blaikie was appointed Director of the MacDiarmid Institute for a three year term on Friday 29 August. Richard, who is based at Canterbury, has been Acting Director for the past six weeks and so brings a weight of knowledge and understanding of the functioning of the Institute. Richard is seen in this photo […]

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Jan
01

Re-funded through to 2014

The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to advise that we have been re-funded through to 2014. Both the MacDiarmid Institute and the National Centre for Growth and Development were singled out as exemplary CoREs. Of particular significance is the capital budget which takes us a long way down our wish list. It represents 50% of the […]

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Jan
01

Student Prizes from AMN4

And the winners are… pictured with Professor Sir Harry Kroto Best student lecture prizes (l to r) Suk-Fun Chin, Western Australia; Anders Barlow, Flinders; Shrividya Ravi, Victoria   Best student posters sponsored by AJ Park (l to r) Young-Woo Song, Canterbury; Mr Raoul Peltier, Auckland; Ms Ying Xu, IRL; Julia Rinck, Karlsruhe                        

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Jan
01

Sally Brooker Elected FRSNZ

The Royal Society has announced the 13 Fellows elected for 2007. The list includes MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator, Professor Sally Brooker of the University of Otago. Sally is well known for her research in transition metal and macrocycle chemistry. Her election brings the total number of MacDiarmid Institute PI Fellows to 10. Sally Brooker, Professor […]

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Jan
01

Visit to the MacDiarmid Institute by Don Eigler

On his recent visit to the Institute at Victoria University Don gave a presentation and toured the laboratories. Members of the Institute were pleased to be able to congratulate Don personally for his being awarded the 2010 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience by The Norwegian Academy of Sciences. Don Eigler is an IBM Fellow, working at […]

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Jan
01

Prestigious award for Sir Paul

Prestigious international Günther Laukien prize for eminent Professor Sir Paul Callaghan, founding Director of the MacDiarmid Institute. The prestigious prize was for his groundbreaking work on Magnetic resonance. Nobel Laureate Richard Ernst, who chaired the award committee praised Sir Paul’s groundbreaking work with radio waves to detect the motion of molecules. It has already helped […]

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Jan
01

Student Symposium 2006

The 2006 MacDiarmid Institute Student and Postdoc Symposium focused on the potential impacts and consequences of our research, including economic impacts, commercialisation potential, social impacts, potential environmental impacts, and communication of research and its impacts on a public audience.      

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Jan
01

MacDiarmid Emerging Scientists Association 2012

A new Emerging Scientists Group was formed at the Student and PostDoc Symposium. You can visit the MESA website here. The committee is chaired by Natalie Plank, natalie.plank@vuw.ac.nz. Back, left to right: James “Elf” Eldridge (IRL Gracefield) BenMallett (IRL Gracefield) Andrew Gross (Canterbury) Ojas Mahapatra (Canterbury) Franck Natali (VUW) Cosmin Laslau (Auckland Front, left to […]

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Jan
01

The 2007 Student and PostDoc Symposium

The MacDiarmid Institute held its Annual Postdoc and Student Symposium at Massey University on 26-27 November. Around 50 researchers gathered to present their work, socialise and, among other things, discuss the merits of interdisciplinary research. The Symposium coincided with the installation of a new display about Alan MacDiarmid, one of New Zealand’s Nobel laureates, in […]

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Jan
01

Professor Sir Paul Callaghan gets knighted

Professor Sir Paul Callaghan was knighted at a ceremony held at Old St Paul’s in Wellington on Friday 14 August. The very moving ceremony included fine musical interludes performed by The Queen Margaret Chorale from Queen Margaret College in Wellington. It was said to be the largest group of eminent persons ever assembled in New […]

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Jan
01

The MacDiarmid Institute And Nanotechnology Research In New Zealand

by Paul T. Callaghan and Richard J. Blaikie An overview of nanotechnology research in New Zealand is given, with particular emphasis on the work of the MacDiarmid Institute, a multi-university and government laboratory partnership.  

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