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Towards Low Energy Tech - Hardware for Future Computing

Our smart phones and tablets have become an integral part of our lives. But the massive data centres worldwide that support this digital lifestyle use almost ten times as much electricity per year as the whole of New Zealand. And current research aiming to improve computing systems based on silicon transistor technology is hitting a technological roadblock.

We will develop:

  1. Computers able to process information more like the brain. We’ll be studying how to reproduce some of the properties of biological neurons using molecular electronics, nanomaterials, and soft matter.
  2. Computing that uses far less energy compared to conventional electronics, based on quasiparticles using superconductivity, spin order (magnetism), or topological order within a solid material.

In the news

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

News Article

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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Materials science in the new energy sector

Annual Report

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

Annual Report

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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New Associate Investigators 2019 - Annual Report 2019

Annual Report

New Associate Investigators 2019 - Annual Report 2019

May 28, 2020

An overview of the research interests of each of our nine new Associate Investigators.

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Videos

Lasers, Milk and Sperm - Cather Simpson

March 21, 2019

Professor, Associate Investigator, and Director of the Photon Factory, Cather Simpson talks about her work in photonics and how her curiosity about how materials behave at the nanoscale has positive implications on the economy and our health and wellbeing.

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Alison Downard - hi-tech painting

March 21, 2019

Professor Alison Downard, a researcher at the MacDiarmid Institute and the University of Canterbury explains "hi-tech painting" techniques to develop surface coatings to boost the effectiveness of energy storing devices.

SAVVY Express: Science Media Centre - MacDiarmid Institute

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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.

This video includes captions.

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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2017 Lecture Series: Women in nanoscience

February 16, 2019

In the 2017 MacDiarmid Institute Regional Lecture Series: Women in nanoscience, three female MacDiarmid Institute nanoscientists tell their personal stories of life in science. Professors Penny Brothers and Cather Simpson, and Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) give their own perspectives on what it is like being a woman in the physical sciences (physics, chemistry or engineering).

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2018 Lecture Series: MacDiarmid - to Industry and Beyond!

February 16, 2019

In the 2018 MacDiarmid Institute Regional Lecture Series: MacDiarmid - to Industry and Beyond! Associate Professor Ben Ruck and Dr Harry Warring talk about their lives and work.

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