Come and hear MacDiarmid Institute scientists talk about how materials science is offering a greener future for our planet.
Our scientists will talk about how solar energy materials, new battery technologies, and carbon capture can offer a zero carbon future.
We are not climate scientists and this lecture is not about climate change. We are materials scientists and we’ll be speaking about research underway here in New Zealand that may reduce and perhaps even remediate the effects of climate change. This will include new energy technologies, renewables, energy efficient computers, recyclable consumer electronics and the upcycling of natural materials to contribute to a renewable economy.
When it comes to carbon and sustainability, one of the things that matters most is the stuff that we make things from; materials.Professor Justin Hodgkiss Principal Investigator Co-Director The MacDiarmid Institute
Dr Natalie Plank is a Lecturer in Physics in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington and a Principal Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute.
Natalie's research is focused on developing 'lab on a chip' biosensors to detect hormones from a pinprick of blood.
Dr Matthew Cowan is a Lecturer and Rutherford Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Canterbury and an Associate Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute.
Matthew’s research revolves around improving the methods and technologies we use to purify all the building blocks of society. His overall goal is to reduce the amount of energy we need to use every day - so we have some spare for the things we want to do!