Funding successes

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Funding successes

The MacDiarmid Institute is pleased to share the following funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2018. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.

2018 MacDiarmid Institute Investigator (MI) Marsden grants

Philip Brydon
University of Otago
Superconductors with intrinsic magnetism: Origin, evidence and universal physics
Chris Bumby
Victoria University of Wellington
Over-critical currents in a superconducting dynamo
Paul Hume and Geoff Waterhouse
University of Auckland
Next-Generation Small Molecule Acceptors for use in Organic Solar Cells
Geoff Jameson and Bill Williams
Massey University
Pectin methylesterases: tuning pectin function with complex variations upon a simple theme
Nigel Lucas
University of Otago
Carbon nanocones by design: Atomically-precise molecular containers
Stuart Wimbush
Victoria University of Wellington
An ion-beam engineered microstructure for high-performance superconducting films

2018 MacDiarmid Institute Investigator Royal Society grants

Margaret Brimble
University of Auckland

Unleashing New Generation Lanthipeptides from Nature to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

Sweetening Biological Therapeutics-Chemical Synthesis of Glycoprotein Mimics

Sally Brooker
University of Otago
New complexes for photocatalytic hydrogen production
Renwick Dobson
University of Canterbury
New biophysical methods to understand how bacteria import metabolites across their cell membrane
Keith Gordon
University of Otago
PV Korea (Expo Solar event)

2018 MBIE grants awarded to MacDiarmid Institute Investigators 

Richard Blaikie and Damian Carder
University of Otago and Callaghan Innovation
Highly Efficient Nanophotonic Solar-Hydrogen Systems
Margaret Brimble
University of Auckland

Fungal Factories

Enzyme Inhibitor Therapeutics

Next-Generation Marine Antifouling using Designer Peptides

Bob Buckley and Grant Williams
Victoria University of Wellington
Water purification using solar energy captured by natural photonic crystals
Bob Buckley, Simon Granville, Michele Governale, Franck Natali, Ben Ruck and Joe Trodahl
Victoria University of Wellington
Addressing the need for magnetic memory to enable superconducting computing
Keith Gordon
University of Otago

Lake Snow Toolbox

Capturing the value of New Zealand Red Meat

Simon Granville, John Kennedy, Jérôme Leveneur and Grant Williams
Victoria University of Wellington and GNS
Tuneable monolithic magneto resistive sensors for asset management
Michel Nieuwoudt
University of Auckland
Photonic Device for Rapid Prostate Cancer Detection and Mapping
Volker Nock
University of Canterbury
Beyond myrtle rust: Next-generation tools to 'engineer' forest ecosystem resilience to plant pathogens
Shane Telfer
Massey University
Metal-organic Framework Glasses as Next-Generation Porous Materials

2018 MBIE Smart Ideas grants 

Ben Ruck and John Kennedy
Victoria University of Wellington and GNS
Transparent Thermoelectric device

Callaghan Innovation

Keith Gordon
University of Otago
NZ Steel collaboration

2018 HRC grants

Margaret Brimble
University of Auckland

Naturally Occurring Peptaibols: “Magic Bullets” for Targeting Breast Cancer

Targeting Pathogen Energetics to Produce New Antimicrobials

2018 NSC (National Science Challenges)

Renee Goreham
Victoria University of Wellington

Accelerate my impact

Magnetic metal nanoclusters

Simon Granville and Ben Ruck
Victoria University of Wellington
A New Transistor Exploiting Electron Spin
Volker Nock
University of Canterbury
Medical Technology: Home and Community Care

2018 domestic grants - government funding

David Barker
University of Auckland
Molecular Sponges
MPI - Primary Growth Partnership with NZ Winegrowers
Margaret Brimble
University of Auckland

Nitroheterocycles as Methanogen Inhibitors
AgResearch funding

New Generation Methanogen Inhibitors
AgResearch funding

Simon Brown
University of Canterbury
Topological 2D materials
Dumont d'Urville NZ-France Science & Technology Support Programme
Michele Governale and Ben Ruck
Victoria University of Wellington
Ministry of Education Networks of Expertise funding
Volker Nock
University of Canterbury
Photonic Professional GT 3D laser lithography system
Lottery Health Equipment funding

2018 domestic grants - other

Margaret Brimble
University of Auckland

CGRP - Proof of Concept Studies
Living Cell Technologies (LCT) research project

Pramlintide - Proof of Concept Studies
Living Cell Technologies (LCT) research project

Synthesis of Loline Alkaloids
Biotelliga Research Project

Matthew Cowan
University of Canterbury
Recovery of waste from feedstock
WNT Ventures
James Crowley
University of Otago

Novel antibacterial and anticancer systems
Mrs Pauline Lane (donation)

Cancer drug delivery
Oceanbridge Golf Charity Trust (donation)

Keith Gordon
University of Otago
Non-destructive SBD detection by Laser
Zespri Group Limited
Pauline Harris
Victoria University of Wellington
Planetarium Dome Project
SMART
Jenny Malmström
University of Auckland
Ansto beamtime for GISAXS
Emilia Nowak
Massey University
Understanding and reducing labelling failure due to condensation on Gold3
Zespri Group Ltd
Geoff Waterhouse
University of Auckland

Rechargeable Metal-Air batteries
Philanthropic donation

Low Cost Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen Production and Rechargeable Zn-Air Batteries
Energy Education Trust of New Zealand Project Funding

International - public sector funding

Margaret Brimble
University of Auckland
Diabetic Cardiomyopathy - New Molecular Intervention Targets and a Biomarker Strategy
Petrik Galvosas
Victoria University of Wellington
Molecular mechanisms of mechanosensation and shape regulation in cells
Keith Gordon
University of Otago
Faster interfacial electron transfer: the effect of molecule shape and size
Duncan McGillivray
University of Auckland
AINSE Postgraduate Research Fellowship
Richard Tilley
University of New South Wales
Nanoparticle enzyme mimics
Jadranka Travas-Sejdic
University of Auckland
Insect Odorant Receptors on Conducting Polymer Thin Films for Odorant Sensing
Geoff Waterhouse
University of Auckland

XAS characterization of porphyrin-like single metal atom sites in MOF-derived N-doped porous carbons: Towards improved electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR)

Novel photocatalysts derived from layered double hydroxide nanosheets for CO hydrogenation to olefins under visible light

Effect of Particle Size on the Local Electronic Structure of Layered Double Hydroxide Nanosheets for Photocatalytic Ammonia Synthesis

David Williams
University of Auckland
Fellowship: Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, UK

International - private sector funding

Margaret Brimble
University of Auckland

Synthesis of SapVax hPam2 Constructs Conjugated to TRP2

Further Synthesis hPam2 Constructs, 6 Peptides and 1 uPam Self-Adjuvanting Construct

Synthesis of hPam2 Synthesis

Jim Metson
University of Auckland
A new quality and low production cost alumina for aluminium production and PFC degradation
Geoff Waterhouse
University of Auckland

Rechargeable Metal-Air batteries

Low Cost Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen Production and Rechargeable ZN-Air Batteries

2018 KiwiNet awards 

Matthew Cowan
University of Canterbury

Kiwinet Emerging Innovator

Kiwinet Pre-seed accelerator funding

Aaron Marshall
University of Canterbury
Emerging Innovator Award

2018 university internal funding 

Martin Allen
University of Canterbury
Australian Synchrotron Beamline Funding
Matthew Cowan
University of Canterbury
Correlation of heat of adsorption to gas transport within dense solids
Michel Nieuwoudt
University of Auckland
Sweat, tears and cortisol: non-invasive measurement of cortisol
Volker Nock
University of Canterbury
Innovative spin coating to create environmentally friendly materials
Emilia Nowak
Massey University
Establishing assumptions of the mathematical model of gastrointestinal tract
Viji Sarojini
University of Auckland
Environmentally benign antimicrobial technology
Jeff Tallon
Victoria University of Wellington
NMR and muon research on HTS superconductors
Geoff Waterhouse
University of Auckland
Novel Catalytic Technologies for Carbon Dioxide Reduction to Fuels and Valuable Commodity Chemicals
Catherine Whitby
Massey University

Interfacial Rheometer

Armouring Biomaterials for the Challenges Ahead