Richard Tilley

Making Patterns

These days, the sound of drilling at the University of Canterbury is usually associated with the huge amount of construction going on after the earthquakes, but sitting in Maan Alkaisi’s office on the fifth floor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering building, the drilling outside his office signifies something far more auspicious. “So you’re witnessing the sign with my name being changed. I got promoted to […]

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From Molecules to the Market

Taking single molecules and tethering them to a surface to produce highly controllable functions as the basis for precision sensors, medical diagnostic tools or even lighting arrays may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but the groundwork is being tackled in the University of Canterbury lab of Dr Alison Downard. The MacDiarmid Institute Principal […]

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A Culture of Commercialisation

In general, I see my role as being to facilitate commercialization activity in the Institute, and to build a culture of commercialisation.  I’m not going to be doing the commercialisation in the sense of starting companies and writing business plans but, hopefully, I can help put structures and networks in place to support people who want […]

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New Zealand – Taiwan Symposium on Bio-nanotechnologies and MacDiarmid Institute BioNanoNetwork (BNN) Meeting

The joint New Zealand – Taiwan Symposium on Bionanotechnologies and the MacDiarmid Institute BioNanoNetwork (BNN) annual meeting was held in April 2010 in Wellington and in Christchurch, organized by Richard Tilley and Maan Alkaisi. The symposium was sponsored by the NZ Ministry of Research, Science & Technology, National Science Council, Taiwan and the MacDiarmid Institute BioNanoNetwork. Dr […]

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Ever Wondered?

  Dr John Watt is hosting a TVNZ7 Science show “Ever Wondered?” presented in partnership with the Royal Society of New Zealand”. John searches for answers to today’s most challenging scientific questions by dropping in on Kiwi scientists and researchers and joining in on high-tech and at times hair-raising experiments dealing with natural disasters to food […]

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MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year Award and the Prime Minister’s Emerging Scientist Prize

John Watt, a PhD student working with Richard Tilley, was named the 2009 MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year. His research could result in a cheap and effective way of removing toxic pollutants from vehicle emissions. His prize included $15,000 in cash, a trip to an international conference and the prestigious MacDiarmid medal. John was […]

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David and Goliath

  Jim Metson, Ashton Partridge, Richard Tilley and Shane Telfer formed part of a MoSRT-sponsored delegation to Japan in December 2007. Our brief was to explore collaborative opportunities between New Zealand and Japan in the field of nanotechnology. This builds on a bilateral cooperation MoU that was signed by MoRST and its Japanese counterpart in 2005. We visited […]

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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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Local Science – International Impacts – Quantum Dots

Dr Richard Tilley from the MacDiarmid Institute at Victoria University has received a grant of $1.2m from the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology through their International Investment Opportunities Fund. Other key collaborators are Professor Kenji Yamamato of the International Medical Centre of Japan, Dr Thomas Bäckström from the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and Institute principal investigator Dr Shaun Hendy The work will enable researchers to develop new ways […]

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The First International Meeting of Alan G. MacDiarmid Institutes held at Chonnam University, Gwangju, Korea, 10-12 April 2006

Institutes attending the meeting were: • The ARC Centre of Excellence for Materials Science, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Australia (represented by Dr Peter Innes); • The MacDiarmid Institute of Innovation and Business, Sao Carlos, Brazil (represented by Dr Luiz Mattoso from the Agriculture Instrumentation Research Center of Embrapa); • The MacDiarmid Laboratories for Polymer Research, Karnatak University, […]

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A Bit of an Edge in Quantum Dots

  In another life, Richard Tilley could have been a painter. One of the things that motivates him most in his work with nanoparticles is the colourful chemistry and visualising the shapes and arrangement of atoms under the electron microscope. Now, as a chemistry lecturer at Victoria University and a Principal Investigator with the MacDiarmid Institute he enjoys both designing new brightly glowing “quantum dots” […]

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