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Our research

Towards Zero Carbon - Catalytic Architectures

Our research will support New Zealand’s goal for ‘net zero’ carbon emissions by 2050 by exploring new materials that will:

  1. Catch CO2 from air and waste streams, through clever chemistry that attracts CO2 to the surfaces of 3D spongelike materials (such as metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs);
  2. Decarbonise the energy sector by designing new catalysts that will transform captured CO2 into green fuels using renewable energy inputs. These new fuels (including hydrogen) will replace carbon-based fuels and remove carbon from energy systems.

In the news

Liquid metals that create nanostructure - it’s the little details that count

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Liquid metals that create nanostructure - it’s the little details that count

March 8, 2021

PhD candidate and MacDiarmid Institute researcher Stephanie Lambie from successfully kick-started a new collaboration with FLEET.

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MacDiarmid Institute researchers win NZ Institute Chemistry awards

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MacDiarmid Institute researchers win NZ Institute Chemistry awards

September 15, 2020

There were outstanding results announced for the Institute’s researchers in the 2020 New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC) awards.

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Materials science in the new energy sector

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Materials science in the new energy sector

June 11, 2020

In May, the Government hosted the Just Transition summit in Taranaki on preparing for a low emissions economy,

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An integrated research commercialisation approach

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An integrated research commercialisation approach

June 11, 2020

Our efforts towards supporting emerging science entrepreneurs links students, experienced researchers, industry and investors across the country.

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Videos

April 8, 2019

Oxford Professor Henry Snaith and MacDiarmid Institute Co-Director Professor Justin Hodgkiss discuss the economics and science behind the remarkable growth in photovoltaics and reflect on some of the benefits of solar energy capture during the 8th International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (AMN8).

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2015 Lecture Series: The Energy Revolution

February 16, 2019

The age of fossil fuels is coming to an end. Global warming from their burning is undeniable, but when will tomorrow begin? Will it be a smooth transition into renewable energy? Is there even enough sunlight striking the Earth to supply the increasing energy demands of 6-9 billion humans? Can our renewable energy sources be enough for a nuclear-averse country like New Zealand?

In the 2015 MacDiarmid Institute Regional Lecture Series: The Energy Revolution MacDiarmid Institute researchers Justin Hodgkiss and Luke Liu discuss and begin to answer these big questions.

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MacDiarmid Institute alumna Dr Rebecca Hawke: researching new solar cells

February 25, 2019

Physicist and MacDiarmid Institute alumna Dr Rebecca Hawke talks about solar cells and where science has taken her around the world.

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1. Where in the world would you study science?

2. What are 5 items you can see around you that materials scientists worked on?

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MacDiarmid Institute alumnus Dr Matthew Cowan: the importance of failure in success

February 25, 2019

MacDiarmid Institute alumnus Dr Matthew Cowan discusses his research and the importance of failure in success.

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Nature of Science - Maan Alkaisi

March 21, 2019

The MacDiarmid Institute's Professor Maan Alkaisi speaks about his interesting work in nanotechnology - what is nanotechology and how do we use it?

His work is focussed on nanoscale structures and devices and is interested in how properties behave differently at small scales. From a young age Maan has been fascinated by the capability of small devices, like transistors and digital cameras, and his work is focused how making small, better, and more effective electronic devices to help us live healthier and better lives.

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