28 June, 2018
Studies of nanotechnology and advanced materials are becoming ever more crucial as the world adjusts to a more sustainable way of living. Recently appointed co-director of the MacDiarmid Institute Dr Nicola Gaston’s new role allows her to guide one of New Zealand’s top science institutes to potentially world-leading research.
Rising awareness about sustainability is leading many of us to opt for eco-friendly options for shopping bags, coffee cups, and even cars. To help drive this change, new biodegradable materials are being developed, all in the name of keeping this lovely planet of ours from turning into a ball of garbage.
Many people are aware of developments being made in this area, but there’s not many who know about the scientific research that goes into the technology, research that the MacDiarmid Institute supports in New Zealand. Nicola Gaston, the institute’s co-director, understands the importance of these studies, and shared her thoughts with The Spinoff...