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Advanced materials – Science careers that improve our world

21 July, 2020

Register in advance for this event.

Wednesday 29 July, 5:30pm - 7:00pm (NZDT)

This MacDiarmid Institute Interface event brings together our materials scientists with businesses who can use their R&D skills to develop the next generation of sustainable products and services.

Join us to meet some of our talent pipeline (students, PhD candidates, recent graduates, senior researchers) and talk to companies utilising materials R&D to develop sustainable startups and industry processes.

Hear about the science and related high-value R&D careers that enable us to take control of the sustainability challenges facing humanity today.

MacDiarmid is New Zealand's advanced materials Center of Research Excellence and supports diversity and inclusion while striving for world-leading science. Our alumni are highly valued as employees and interns in New Zealand's startups, R&D intensive industries and innovative companies.

Come along to meet a dynamic network of science and commercial talent, whether you're a future or current student, researcher, employer, R&D leader or investor.

Considering a career in science or R&D, join us to hear from people like you who are already doing it.

Schedule of speakers

Note: when registering please choose a breakout room speaker for a small group networking session during the final sessions. These will be pre-allocated on a first in, best dressed basis.

17:30 - Mihi

Kevin Shedlock; Assistant Lecturer, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Victoria University of Wellington.

Kevin’s research involves working with indigenous communities to better understand technology from within an indigenous lens.

Introduction and how the MacDiarmid Institute supports students towards a non-academic career

Geoff Willmott; MacDiarmid Institute Deputy Director for Commercialisation and Industry Engagement; Associate Professor, The University of Auckland; Lead Investigator, Dynamic Microfluidics Laboratory

My journey, how science can improve our world and be a fun career

Jono Ring; CEO Zincovery

Jonathan researched and co-invented the Zincovery technology during his Master of Engineering. After proving the technology at lab-scale he went to industry to demonstrate the technology at industry scale. He is now managing the pilot plant construction and commercialization of the technology.

Where have all my students gone? Describing where MacDiarmid Institute alumni have got to, and some insights from our alumni survey data

Jadranka Travaš-Sejdić; Professor at the School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland; Director of the Polymer Electronics Research Centre

High value opportunities through science for Māori Business and how this fits with Te Ao Māori

Te Horipo Karaitiana

CEO at Te Awanui Huka Pak, a 100% Māori owned company representing a large portfolio of kiwifruit and avocado orchards. Te Horipo also leads the Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA) Innovation theme, and is on the boards of several agricultural businesses and the Commercial Advisory Board for Matū Fund. Te Horipo is based in the Bay of Plenty, and offers nation-wide connections to the Māori economy.

A breakout session with each of the speakers and people described in table below. (1x student rep, 1x Māori Discovery alum, and deep tech company reps)

Approximately 10 minutes for each session.

See table below for options.

Please register for your preferred session.

Numbers per session will be limited to facilitate discussion, so please register soon.

19:00 - Close

 

 

Breakout sessions

Please register with your preferred option for an engaging discussion focused on the topics below

Session Speaker Session Topic

Geoff Willmott

MacDiarmid Institute Deputy Director for Commercialisation and Industry Engagement; Associate Professor, University of Auckland; Lead Investigator Dynamic Microfluidics Laboratory

Interface linkages

Networking for linking our entrepreneur support and commercial partners as well as investors.

Jono Ring

CEO Zincovery

Science-based startups

University of Canterbury Spinout company Zincovery has developed a process to efficiently and economically recover zinc and regenerate the acid from galvanizing waste, to tackle the problem of the hundreds of thousands of tonnes of zinc and acid released into landfill and wastewater every year.

Jonathan Ring researched and co-invented the Zincovery technology during his Master of Engineering. After proving the technology at lab-scale he went to industry to demonstrate that the technology could work at scale and outside the lab.

Jadranka Travaš-Sejdić

Professor, University of Auckland; Director of the Polymer Electronics Research Centre

Applying materials science to real world challenges

Technologies based on conducting polymers including projects on:

  • Novel bio-sensors
  • Stretchable and self-healing organic polymer conductors
  • Conducting polymer-based actuators
  • Self-assembled nanostructures
  • Bio-sensors based on electrospun fibers

Te Horipo Karaitiana

CEO at Te Awanui Huka Pak

Māori business, commercial and innovation perspective

Discuss the need for, and benefits of STEM graduates in companies and specifically in developing high tech commercial opportunities through R&D.

Taniela Loloha

MacDiarmid PhD candidate

MacDiarmid Emerging Scientists Association (MESA) Commercialisation rep 2019

The student journey

3rd year PhD student researching ways in which we can use an atmospheric plasma jet printer to control the surface chemistry and morphology features of plasma printed coatings. The “one step” surface modification process involves the introduction of a precursor material as an aerosol droplet, which is injected into the plasma jet leading to the material being deposited onto a surface of choice.

Eden Skipper (Ngāi Tahu)

DiscoveryCamp Alumnus 2015

BSc Statistics University of Canterbury

DiscoveryCamp inspiring STEM participation

Tēnā koe ko Eden Skipper toku ingoa, ko Wairewa papatipu rūnanga (Ngāi Tahu) ahau. I work at the Ministry for the Environment in Sustainable Finance and Māori Secretariat both roles being in the Office of the Chief Executive which acts similar to a policy innovation hub for the Ministry.

Veronica Harwood-Stevenson

Founder of Humblebee

High performance materials, inspired by nature

Humblebee has uncovered the fundamental building blocks of a bee nesting material, and are currently working to synthesise durable, high-performance materials at scale.

Rob Staniland

R&D Lead at Mint Innovation

MacDiarmid Alumnus

Recovering valuable metals from electronic waste

World first bio-refinery uses microorganisms to scavenge precious metals from complex waste streams.  Proprietary bioprocessing enables clean recovery of 100% recycled, cyanide-free, conflict-free metals including: Gold, Palladium, Copper, Silver.

 

MacDiarmid Institute

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.

February 20, 2019

Video transcript

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.