Shaun Hendy

Jun
05

Our new Emeritus Investigators

Quiet week this week, no controversy, think I did enough of that last time. This week it is time to shine the light on others. But first THANK YOU to the huge number of people I know and don’t know who contacted me and thanked me for speaking out on issues that they believe need […]

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Dec
08

‘Nanogirl’ wins science communication award

This year’s Prime Minister’s Science Prize for Science Communication has been awarded to Dr Michelle Dickinson, capping off a prize-winning year for the University of Auckland engineering lecturer. Dr Dickinson, a senior lecturer in Chemical & Materials Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Associate Investigator of The MacDiarmid Institute, was also named Science Communicator of […]

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Dec
20

The Christmas Wrap

We’ve had another big year. We welcomed two new Deputy Directors Profs David Williams (UoA) and Alison Downard (UoC) (Shaun Hendy stepping down at the end of last year and Simon Brown at mid year). We also welcomed six new Principal Investigators (Natalie Plank (VUW), Cather Simpson (UoA), John Kennedy (GNS), Duncan McGillivray (UoA), Bernd […]

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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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Oct
23

Nature Of Science – Meet Our Scientists

  Bill, Alex, Cather, Maan, Shaun and Sandy work at The MacDiarmid Institute. They all do science for a living, but have very different jobs and persepectives. One thing they all have in common is their passion for science. Click on a scientist’s name to watch their video, or watch the whole playlist here.     […]

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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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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
12

Pounamu : Exploring a science savvy New Zealand in 2023

Media Release Monday August 12 – Media Release: Pounamu: exploring a science savvy New Zealand in 2023 Date: August 29 12.00pm – August 30 12.00pm Location: Anywhere with an internet connection Issued by: The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, StratEDGY Strategic Foresight Mātini māmano ka rapa te whai By many, by thousands, the work (project) will be […]

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Transport in the Nanoworld

Understanding of nanofluidics has the potential to revolutionise the way in which particle sensing and analysis, and ultimately molecular biology, is done. We seek to manipulate transport of fluid and particles in and around micro- to nano-scale devices, individual pores and porous materials. We use elastomeric tunable nanopores to study a wide range of interesting […]

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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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Sep
07

Minister Joyce visits the MacDiarmid Institute in Wellington

This week we hosted Minister Joyce for the first time.  During his visit we introduced him to the range of activities that we undertake. In particular we provided the Minister with evidenced of our significant nation-wide collaboration network that has grown significantly over the 10 years since our establishment.  Our connectivity extends across all our […]

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Jun
29

Commitment and Collegiality

These plans will be the basis for a joint meeting between the Board and the Science Executive at the end of July. They define what we are doing now and what we intend to do, forming the basis for our rebidding proposal. The meeting was great and showed to me yet again how amazing the […]

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May
18

Building collaborations and partnerships and defining our future

The Forum is a partnership between the MacDiarmid Institute, Victoria University of Wellington, the Royal Society of New Zealand and Te Aitanga a Hauiti iwi and the East Coast community of Tolaga Bay. Sir Paul Callaghan conceived the idea of the Forum and drove it. He envisioned an event in which collectively we considered New […]

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Feb
17

Highlighting MacDiarmid Deputy Directors

Within these roles Shaun’s major responsibilities are focused around working with our stakeholder Ministries, agencies, the media and the public in addition to developing methods for measuring and monitoring the performance of the MacDiarmid Institute and leading the development of methods for measuring and monitoring the innovation performance of New Zealand.  Simon is tasked with […]

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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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Shape and size control of nanocrystals for biomedical applications (Tilley, Williams(D), Hendy)

We are part of a multidisciplinary team developing magnetic nanoparticles and quantum dots (QDs) for biomedical applications.  We propose to extend the liquid phase synthesis of QDs to new materials containing silicon and germanium.  Biomolecules, such as antibodies, will be attached to the QD surface with the aim of targeted delivery of drugs to disease […]

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Theory and modelling of new functionality at the nanoscale (Zulicke, Governale, Hendy)

We plan to elucidate unconventional nanoelectronic properties of small systems arising from size quantisation, correlations, unconventional band structures, and spin-dependent effects. Microscopic modeling of material-growth processes at the nanoscale will be used to inform a more phenomenological description of relevant physical mechanisms. As any useful operation performed by a nanodevice will require time-dependent signals, we […]

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Atomic- and molecular-scale self assembly for future nanodevices (Brown(S), Hendy)

Our lithography-based approach to nanofabrication is complemented by “bottom up” assembly of nano-devices using self-assembly techniques. The focus of ongoing work is a UHV STM study of the fundamental self-assembly processes of the important bismuth-on-graphite system, where we have demonstrated an ability to self-assemble a variety of nanostructures and to image them with atomic resolution. […]

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Nov
29

BlueFern Super Computer Facility

In 2007 the BlueFern computing facility upgraded to the first IBM Blue Gene Supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere. The MacDiarmid Institute’s contribution made this purchase possible. About the Equipment: The IBM Blue Gene Supercomputer is essentially a huge calculator which processes very complicated calculations very quickly. It is a purpose designed research tool and one […]

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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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