Our focus is materials science research and technologies, especially the unexplored territory where chemistry, physics, biology and engineering meet.
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The core purpose of the institute is the work we do training New Zealand's best students to be the scientific experts the world will need in the future.
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Materials science is crucial to many of the technologies we need for sustainability; new batteries, solar photovoltaics and energy efficient computing.
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Printable solar panels, bioplastics, aluminium batteries, handheld gene testers and novel super-conductors.
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In today’s tech-hungry world, lithium batteries are ubiquitous, with everything from your mobile phone to the neighbour’s electric car relying on the metal, and it’s easy to see why. Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries pack a punch, storing more energy than any other battery of equivalent size, and delivering power to where it’s needed, quickly and efficiently.
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Could bio-inspired self-assembled magnetic structures make computers more efficient?
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This set of photos from our Annual Report 2018 shows the results of the annual Symposium poster series.
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In 2018 the government announced a $13million funding boost for research to combat the spread of kauri dieback and myrtle rust. Could microfluidics be the solutions we are looking for?
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More than 250 corneal transplants are performed each year but the number is limited to donor numbers and there are not enough. Synthetic or naturally derived surgical substrates offer a solution.
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Our researchers use computers to reproduce conditions unachievable in a lab, such as the magnetic forces inside a white dwarf star.
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An entire rugby turf in a teaspoon: the tiny crystal game-changers in combatting climate change.
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Research into micro-environmental conditions within and between cells might ultimately result in tailored cancer medications.
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