Imagine what you could create by combining the natural genius of biology with the latest advances in technology? Think of nature-inspired nanobots seeking out and destroying disease, bone implants that grow themselves and handheld sensors that can instantly diagnose cancer.
Our investigators are exploring novel ways to capture and store energy and to absorb greenhouse gas emissions. The goal is to take new energy solutions to the nation and the world to help create a more sustainable future.
This theme is about predicting what tomorrow’s devices might need in terms of research, then undertaking that research today. We also work with industry to enable them to adopt and adapt this latest research. The potential in New Zealand’s High Value Manufacturing (HVM) sector is vast and we are tapping into that potential.
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An industrial prototype to recycle acid waste from Christchurch’s galvanised steel industries is jus...
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Geoff Willmott discusses how the tech sector and the Māori economy is well-placed to lead New Zealan...
February 20, 2019
The challenges facing New Zealand and the world today - clean water, renewable energy, climate change - will be solved by tomorrow's scientists and engineers - sitting in our classrooms right now, ready to be inspired. They need new materials and new technology based on those materials that haven't been discovered yet.
That's what the MacDiarmid Institute does. We are New Zealand's best scientists, engineers and educators, unified for a common goal: to make, understand, and use new materials to improve people's lives.
May 8, 2019
Associate Professor Nicola Gaston: Can you imagine a future where electricity is practically free, where there's clean water available for everyone and a simple blood test taken at home can help diagnose some diseases?
The technology that can make each of those things possible is based on materials science. Materials are all around us; this coffee cup, this table, even this sugar I might put in the coffee. When we make things really small, as we do in nanotechnology, we create a material that has most of its substance at the surface. With sugar, that means it dissolves quickly. But in general what it means is that we can control the properties of that material with great precision. So we can take a material, any material - it could be a metal or it could be plastic - and we can play with the surface and give it new abilities. For example, we could make it anti-bacterial or we could make it absorb more light.
The MacDiarmid Institute is a network of New Zealand's best materials scientists. Materials science is the basis of all high-tech manufacturing, including sustainable environmental innovations such as new solar cells or carbon capture technologies for climate change mitigation. We work with existing industries and we also spinout new companies. In the past 15 years we have spun out 16 new companies.
Dr Ray Thomson: One of the really exciting things that the Investigators at MacDiarmid are working on is across this whole climate change area. Sequestering carbon dioxide, improving the efficiency of photovoltaic cells through to really advanced battery storage.
Associate Professor Nicola Gaston: If we want that future, a materially sustainable future, where everyone around the world can have clean water, personalised medicine, free electricity, we need materials technologies. In the MacDiarmid Institute we bring materials scientists together and we partner with industry to create intellectual property, jobs and wealth for New Zealand.
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We are a network of committed biologists, chemists, physicists and engineers who collaborate to develop innovations that will both solve big problems and boost the New Zealand economy.
Our research is creating new technologies to aid the transition to a more sustainable way of life and make our world a better place.
We have ongoing partnerships with community groups, museums and other organisations to help us take science out of the lab to make it accessible, exciting and inspiring.
Boehme, S.C., ... Hodgkiss, J.M., ... & Infante, I. Phonon-Mediated and Weakly Size-Dependent Electron and Hole Cooling in CsPbBr3 Nanocrystals Revealed by Atomistic Simulations and Ultrafast Spectroscopy. Nano Letters (2020).
Macreadie, L.K., Babarao, R., Setter, C.J., Lee, S.J., Qazvini, O.T., Seeber, A.J., Tsanaktsidis, J., Telfer, S.G., Batten, S.R. & Hill, M.R. Enhancing Multicomponent Metal–Organic Frameworks for Low Pressure Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier Separations. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition (2020).
Katančić, Z., Chen, W.-T., Waterhouse, G.I.N., Kušić, H., Lončarić Božić, A., Hrnjak-Murgić, Z. & Travas-Sejdic, J. Solar-active photocatalysts based on TiO2 and conductive polymer PEDOT for the removal of bisphenol A. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry 396, 112546 (2020).
Broom, M.A.J. & Willmott, G.R. High Throughput Analysis of Liquid Droplet Impacts. J. Vis. Exp. 157, e60778 58 (2020).
Shirai, S., Acharya, S.K., Bose, S. K., Mallinson, J.B., Galli, E., Pike, M.D., Arnold, M.D. & Brown, S.A. Long-range temporal correlations in scale-free neuromorphic networks. Network Neuroscience 4, 432-447 (2019).
Steenbergen, K.G. & Gaston, N. Ultra stable superatomic structure of doubly magic Ga13 and Ga13Li electrolyte. Nanoscale 12, 289–295 (2020).
To make it possible that we have better and better electronic devices is what motivates my work.