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 Nicola Gaston is an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland, and a Principal Investigator and Co-Director of the MacDiarmid Institute.
Nicola's research looks at how to design materials from first principles calculations of their properties; for example by studying the behavior and structure of nanoscale superatoms.
Dr Marcus Jones is a Senior Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology and an Associate Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute.
Marcus' research is focused on studying the ways that nanoparticles interact with light to develop new ways to harvest photons for solar energy and enhance fluorescence for displays and bio sensing applications.