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Other partnerships

Internationally engaged

In 2019 we established a new partnership with the Monash University- based Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) to search for future low-energy electronics via the development of novel materials and devices. Partnering with FLEET allows our researchers to combine their nanoscale materials expertise with the Australians’ knowledge of advanced electronics design. 

We have formal Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the Australian National Fabrication Facility and the Centre for Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology in Australia and in 2016 signed an MoU with the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan.

We have several other MoUs in the pipeline. All MacDiarmid Institute researchers have strong and ongoing collaborations with international partners, including with members of our International Science Advisory Board, many of whom are based at Ivy League universities and top research colleges and institutions around the world.

Other collaborations

Ara Ake

MacDiarmid Institute researchers have been closely involved in the establishment of Ara Ake, including as part of the Steering and Advisory Groups. The Institute was one of the three initial shareholders of the Centre.

We see a valuable role for Ara Ake in strengthening connections between research /innovation, and the commercialisation of new energy technology.

Outside of our shareholding role, the MacDiarmid Institute looks forward to working closely with Ara Ake in our capacity as energy researchers, including -

  • pitching our new and emerging new energy technologies (printable solar photovoltaics, innovative battery technologies  and materials for efficient green hydrogen generation etc.) to the right audience – looking for early partnerships, investors, or at least critical feedback and being nurtured in a pipeline of future opportunities
  • working through the Centre to facilitate prototyping or pilot projects – the scale and scope of such projects in the energy sector generally exceed our resources, and
  • offering our technical expertise and advise to other existing projects – helping government and industry understand the technical constraints and future trajectories of new energy technologies.

Conflict of Interest Statement: Our involvement in the Steering and Advisory Groups has come to an end with the incorporation and launch of Ara Ake in July 2020. As an initial shareholder of the centre, we will work to support the Centre through providing technical expertise and advice, and we will support our researchers to engage with the pipeline of support it offers. However we will not have any control over the research and technologies chosen by the Centre for pilot projects or further support.

Infratec MOU - Accelerating low-carbon research

Our MOU with Infratec seeks to enhance research and education within New Zealand in the areas of low carbon technology, the social science of energy, energy saving and energy storage. A particular focus will be placed on technologies relating closely to MacDiarmid Institute research, including photovoltaic materials, and electrical energy storage. It also seeks to help accelerate the industrial application of New Zealand research into novel energy technology and products.

Sponsorship and support

Along with our many current partnerships and community relationships, we are proud to have supported the following organisations:

The Asia Nano Forum

The Asia Nano Forum (ANF) is a nanotechnology networking organisation covering 15 economies in the Asia Pacific region. ANF’s mission is to promote responsible research and development of nanotechnology that educationally, socially, environmentally and economically benefits each economy by fostering international network and collaboration.


CHIASMA is New Zealand’s premier student-led organisation that fosters connections between science and business, connecting university students to high-tech industries.


Eureka! The Sir Paul Callaghan Awards for young science orators, including paid MacDiarmid Institute internships.

Te Rōpū Āwhina

Te Rōpū Āwhina in the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Architecture and Design at Victoria University of Wellington, was established in 1999. The kaupapa of Āwhina is to produce Māori and Pacific scientists, technologists, engineers, architects and designers to contribute to Māori and Pacific community development and leadership.