Shaun Hendy

Mar
24

Professor Nicola Spaldin – Cosmic strings

Story by MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator Shaun Hendy What do the origins of the early universe have to do with materials science? More than you might think, according to Nicola Spaldin and her colleagues at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. Spaldin has found an unusual material that mimics aspects of the way the universe might […]

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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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OPINION: A small, advanced economy?

  I BORROW this title from a Statistics New Zealand commentary, which points out that in terms of the title we are probably not so advanced, despite a regular programme of government-to-government meetings with these economies with which we might like to be compared. As Shaun Hendy and Paul Callaghan’s 2013 book Get off the […]

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Inspired by science

  In collaboration with educators from across the sector TheWaterGenie, a water management system that will allow households using rainwater tanks to better manage their use, has been working on a range of resources and projects that will further encourage an understanding of, and passion for science in the wider community.  THE LEARNING HUB on The MacDiarmid […]

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The New Zealand Paradox

  What can we do to lift prosperity in New Zealand? The tools and concepts needed to answer this question have their origins in statistical physics. This is a problem tailor made for physicists and mathematicians at Industrial Research Ltd. Professor Shaun Hendy explains. Nanotechnologists sometimes trace the origins of their field back to a 1959 […]

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Changing Phase

Richard Bowles first met Shaun Hendy (now the Deputy Director of the MacDiarmid Institute) when they did a summer internship together at Industrial Research Limited in 1994. The two young scientists went their separate ways, doing very different things, but met again at a conference in Los Angeles not that long ago, and realised that […]

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Networks

An MIT student’s “summer” project at MacDiarmid shows researchers are collaborating more as the Institute grows. Visiting researcher Virginia Nicholson is an undergraduate student in physics and maths at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She first visited New Zealand when she was 12 years old, and has been searching for a reason to return ever […]

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Himmelbjergegnens Natur-og Idrætsefterskole

As a PhD student in my first year at Victoria University of Wellington, my research is primarily focused on modeling the melting of small gallium clusters (30-55 atoms). I recently had the pleasure of embarking on a two-continent, monthplus journey as part of my PhD professional development. I started the journey visiting our experimental counterparts […]

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A Measure of Science

I launched my blog A Measure of Science on sciblogs.co.nz when the site went live in September 2009. Since then I have written more than fifty posts. I probably spend about 3-4 hours per week blogging. Thanks to google analytics I can see that people do read it, although some articles attract considerably more readers than […]

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Nanofabrication laboratory officially opened

Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee visited the MacDiarmid Institute at Canterbury on 10 June and opened the newly refur­bished nanofabrication laboratory. He was hosted by Institute Director, Richard Blaikie and met with members of Canterbury staff and MacDiarmid Principal Investigators. A highlight of the visit was a video-link to the Institute at Victoria. Richard Blaikie gave […]

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What’s Happening? – Theoretically

  Every discovery is usually a product of theory and experiment, and the MacDiarmid Institute’s new deputy director, Shaun Hendy, knows only too well how important both are for science. “More and more happens in silicon rather than in the lab these days,” he says of his successful and productive collaborations with experimental physicists in a range of research areas. […]

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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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When Nanoclusters Collide

  A team of MacDiarmid Institute researchers has achieved a rare double with new research results being published in two top international physics journals in November 2006. The results stem from a joint project looking at nanoclusters and their use in tiny electronic devices, and is part of work being undertaken by researchers at Industrial Research, Victoria […]

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Local Science – International Impacts – Superheating Nanoparticles

MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator and IRL scientist Shaun Hendy, along with his Victoria University of Wellington student Dmitri Schebarchov recently featured in a news story on PhysOrg.com, a major international website dedicated to the latest developments in physical sciences. The story relates to their article published by Physical Review Letters on 26th June 2006, entitled “Superheating and Solid-Liquid […]

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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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Hoiho Pushing the Boundaries

  Exploring a new class of material is rarely easy, and understanding the principles behind it is often even more difficult. In many cases the observations scientists can make about a material relate to the properties of it as a whole, but when it comes to relating this to the basic atomic structure, difficulties arise. […]

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Nanotechnology: the Sum of Success

  Imagine the advantage for the Kiwis if an America’s Cup yacht could be built that was lighter yet stronger than competitors’ models thanks to revolutionary materials designed from scratch in a laboratory. The new materials might allow for a flexible mast that would be untroubled by sudden Hauraki wind shifts, for instance, or for […]

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Canadian Nanotechnology Institute

  During a visit to the University of Alberta in June, I had the opportunity to meet with Dr Dan Wayner, the director of the new Canadian National Institute of Nanotechnology. In addition to a catchy acronym (NINT), the Institute in Edmonton has start-up funding of $146 million for the first five years. Dr Wayner […]

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