Paul Callaghan

DANCING WITH ATOMS: PAUL CALLAGHAN

World Premiere Embassy Theatre Sunday, 20 May, 3.30pm to 5.30pm Tickets $25/$15 for children 16 and under and students with ID https://dancingwithatoms.eventbrite.co.nz/, door sales on 1st floor (cash and eftpos) Watch the trailer here. All proceeds to the Cancer Society of NZ   DANCING WITH ATOMS A documentary film by Point of View Productions In […]

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DANCING WITH ATOMS: PAUL CALLAGHAN

World Premiere Embassy Theatre Sunday, 20 May, 3.30pm to 5.30pm Tickets $25/$15 for children 16 and under and students with ID https://dancingwithatoms.eventbrite.co.nz/, door sales on 1st floor (cash and eftpos) Watch the trailer here. All proceeds to the Cancer Society of NZ   DANCING WITH ATOMS A documentary film by Point of View Productions In […]

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Sep
30

It’s getting easier to be green

Organised by Victoria University and the MacDiarmid Institute, the A Place to Live conference honours the memory of Whanganui’s Sir Paul Callaghan, the 2011 New Zealander of the Year, focusing on the economies and environments of small towns and regions. Source: The Wanganui Chronicle Story by Nicola Young. It’s getting easier to be green

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Apr
15

Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards 2014

The MacDiarmid Institute is proud to once again be a Silver Sponsor for the 2014 Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards programme. The Sir Paul Callaghan EUREKA! Awards programme identifies and fosters young leaders who, through their knowledge of science, technology, engineering or mathematics, their entrepreneurial vision, and their persuasive communication skills, will bring about the […]

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Dec
17

Get Off The Grass!

  In “Get Off The Grass!” (Auckland University Press) Shaun Hendy and Paul Callaghan take a quantitative look at how innovation works both in New Zealand and around the world. They show that economic geography plays a key role in determining rates of innovation and productivity. If New Zealand is to grow its economy more rapidly […]

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Aug
16

Get off the Grass!

The book is the follow up on Paul’s 2009 book “Wool to Weta” Transforming New Zealand’s Culture and Economy, both published by Auckland University Press.  In the few years prior to Paul’s death he began to explore the ideals of New Zealand and its economy and the place that science had in working to define […]

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Aug
16

Get off the Grass Launched

On Thursday 15th August, more than two hundred people turned up at Victoria University of Wellington to see the launch of Get Off the Grass, a book that was co-written by the late Sir Paul Callaghan and MacDiarmid Institute investigator, Professor Shaun Hendy. At the launch Victoria University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, Neil Quigley, spoke about the […]

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Jun
18

Wayne Ngata joins MacDiarmid board

Dr Ngata, based in Ūawa (Tolaga Bay) on the East Coast of the North Island, is of Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāti Ira and Ngāti Porou descent. He has a significant history of involvement with the MacDiarmid Institute and its former Director, the late Sir Paul Callaghan, including a key role on the steering and […]

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Feb
15

Callaghan Symposium – Day 2: Beyond the Science

The Inspiration of Paul Callaghan Day 2 sees a range of speakers come together to address who Professor Sir Paul Callaghan was outside his science, and the impact he had on the world around him. What progress is being made in these areas? What plans are there for the future following on from the work […]

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Feb
14

Callaghan Symposium, Day 1: Paul’s Science

The Inspiration of Paul Callaghan Sir Paul Callaghan’s colleagues, collaborators and friends talk about Paul, his science, and his career.  From his PhD supervisor, to those involved in his more recent work.  “Oxford 1970-74 – the Formative Years” Emeritus Professor Nick Stone (Oxford) – Paul’s PhD supervisor Nick Stone, Professor of Physics, Oxford University and […]

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Jul
12

Nature of Science – Scientist Profiles

Chemist – Alan MacDiarmid The best mistake ever: Alan MacDiarmid is a big part of the reason your cell phone screen works. He is also the second New Zealander to win a Nobel Prize in Chemistry – the first, of course, was Ernest Rutherford who is on the $100 note. “The real creative scientist is […]

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May
25

Two balls nearly always attract!

Emeritus Investigator Professor John Lekner has created a big splash in the international colloid and nanoparticle worlds this past week or so with his most recent paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A. John shows that “two charged conducting spheres will almost always attract each other at close approach, even when they have […]

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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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Mar
30

Remembering Paul

Margaret Brown, Centre Manager, MacDiarmid Institute 2002-2010 Paul was committed, from the first day, to making the MacDiarmid Institute the exemplar CoRE and he succeeded in that. In my position in the Institute I was able to watch Paul in action. And he was a man of action. He must have had quiet times when […]

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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

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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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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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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Molecular basis of the properties soft materials: (Callaghan, McGrath, Williams(B), Hendy)

Uniquely powerful state-of-the-art experimental tools built on pioneering research in rheo-NMR, the amalgamation of nuclear magnetic resonance and its capacity for molecular insight, with rheology, the science of mechanical deformation, provide the opportunity to monitor molecular properties and macroscopic consequences concurrently. Furthermore, recently developed diffusion-correlation, -exchange and -spectral-analysis methods have proven powerful in measuring bilayer […]

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Nano- and micro- fluidics and porous media (Callaghan, Hendy, Williams (B))

These methods will be combined with rapid micro-imaging based on rapid scan echo planar techniques, in order to investigate spatial heterogeneity. Additionally, combined spin-relaxation and gradient diffusion methods will be developed to investigate molecular dynamics using multi-dimensional NMR based on novel inverse Fourier and inverse Laplace methods.  Flow in nanochannels is also being studied using […]

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Nov
29

GREAT60 Amplifiers and Controllers

The two high field superconducting magnets in the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) lab at Victoria University serve as workhorses for Paul Callaghan’s world renowned Soft Matter and Porous Media Group. Although one of the magnets already had GREAT60’s, the purchase of a second set brings the whole lab up to a consistent world-class standard. “What […]

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Nov
29

Hyperpolarisation Instrument

About the Instrument: This purchase came about because the group had a sabbatical visitor who was an expert in spin exchange hyperpolarisation –Thomas Meersman from Colorado State University. “I knew this man was coming.” Paul said, “It was the one opportunity we had in a lifetime of getting into this game. He said he would […]

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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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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

2010 Prime Minister’s Science Prize

The 2010 Prime Minister’s Science Prize has been awarded to the Magnetic Resonance Innovation team that is led by Professor Sir Paul Callaghan. The team includes four of his former PhD students who have gone on to become internationally respected scientists in their fields. The team members come from both science and engineering disciplines and […]

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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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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

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

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

Prestigious James Cook Fellowship 2007

Prof Paul Callaghan PCNZM FRS FRSNZ has been awarded one New Zealand’s most prestigious research Fellowships by The Royal Society of New Zealand. The four winners are amongst the world’s best scientists and the Fellowships offer them the wonderful opportunity to spend two years full-time concentrating on their chosen research. Professor Callaghan will look into […]

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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

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

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

Breaking the Mold: Can New Zealand increase its wealth via the high technology route?

Paul Callaghan New Zealand, having converted most of its forest into greenhouse gas, is thereby blessed with an abundance of grass, and yet, notwithstanding attempts to subdue it, sufficient residual natural environment to claim the label “clean and green”. While previous prosperity derived from the farm, tourism is now our dominant foreign exchange earner. Meanwhile […]

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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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