Sally Brooker

Jul
10

Nick White: Inspiring alumnus

MacDiarmid Institute alumnus, Dr Nick White was born in the UK, but grew up in New Zealand.  He completed his BSc(Hons) at the University of Otago, and PhD at the University of Oxford.  From 2013–2015, Nick was a Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia.  He was appointed as a lecturer at […]

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Jul
10

Matthew Cowan: Silver ions to the rescue!

Story by Margo White We’re often told that obliging industry to significantly reduce energy consumption and energy-related emissions would be bad for business and the economy. There may be some truth in that, but it also seems apparent that if there was the political and economic will, there would be the scientific ways. Consider, for […]

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Mar
24

Videos – Meet our scientists

During AMN-7 the Science Media Centre “SAVVY Express” team offered our Investigators and students targeted 15 minute sessions to practice speaking about their research on-camera, with feedback and training from a professional interviewer. The result is a series of seventeen interesting 90 second videos all of which are now available to watch via SMC’s Youtube channel, or you can […]

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Alumni: Jon Kitchen – Luminescence sensing

Dr Jon Kitchen is setting up a new lab at the University of Southampton. His research area—supramolecular materials chemistry—can be used to develop devices that test for compounds in a variety of situations, from a simple carbon monoxide test for inclusion in home smoke detectors to detecting chemical warfare agents or monitoring DNA activity. The basis of his research is synthesising […]

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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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Brooker’s Bunch

  It may be 25 years since Sally Brooker received her BSc(Hons) First Class from Canterbury University, but she hasn’t lost her connection to students. The MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator and Professor of Chemistry at Otago University maintains a strong research group of Honours students, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, fondly referred to as “Brooker’s […]

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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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An Eye for Colour

  What´s your favourite colour? Blue? What kind of blue? Navy blue? Sky blue? Cyan? Dr Sally Brooker can answer that question without thinking – for her, it´s royal blue. It´s not just a matter of personal taste, as much of the chemistry professor´s current research is informed by careful discrimination of colour. So much […]

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