The true impact of the MacDiarmid Institute is the contribution our alumni make in industry, academia, public service and through their own start-up companies.
Their contributions are helping generate a culture change where science and innovation are celebrated as the keys to New Zealand’s future prosperity.
Our alumni have amazing careers and stories and some are shared here together with short videos about their work. More information on our alumni can also be found on the alumni LinkedIn page.
Research scientist at Plant and Food Research Dr Nihan Aydemir is focused on mimicking how insects use proteins to smell. Her ultimate aim is to insert biosensors into mobile phones that can ‘smell’.
MacDiarmid Institute Associate Investigator Dr Matthew Cowan is a chemical engineer at the University of Canterbury. His current research in partnership with a chemical engineering group is focused on how we can make the most out of solar energy.
Dr Brendan Darby has helped develop a new technique to analyse 'cloudy' solutions, which is being used in industries such as viticulture and water treatment.
Dr Kirsten Edgar is a futures insights manager at Callaghan Innovation and helps businesses embrace new technology to advance their products and services.
After specialising in nanotechnology for his PhD in Physics, Dr Elf Eldridge is now a cyber security analyst at Cyber Toa.
Dr Rebecca Hawke is using her PhD in Physics to investigate how to control droplets on a surface to address a range of needs such as easy health diagnostic tools.
Dr Bhuvana Kannan is a Research and Innovation Manager at Revolution Fibres Ltd, a world-leading nanofibre production company based in Auckland.
Dr Julie Kho has a PhD in chemistry and uses her expertise to help other scientists access the best scientific equipment for their needs.
Dr Jon Kitchen completed his PhD and Postdoctoral Research with the MacDiarmid Institute and now he and students at Massey University collaborate internationally on supramolecular materials chemistry.
Dr Laslau was one of the team to start up MESA, the MacDiarmid Emerging Scientists Association. He is now Director of Research Products at Lux Research in Boston.
Ojas Mahapatra came to New Zealand from India on a MacDiarmid Institute doctoral scholarship. He is now CEO of Photonic Innovations, which creates ultra-sensitive gas detection equipment.
MacDiarmid Institute alumnus and former Fulbright Scholar Keoni Mahelona is using new technology to bring the Māori language to the world.
After gaining a PhD at MacDiarmid, Dr Andrew Preston launched Publons, an online service to incentivise peer reviewing.
Dr Harry Warring says the skills he picked up during his MacDiarmid Institute PhD were easily transferred to the hi-tech sector and his job as Senior Vehicle Test Engineer at Rocket Lab.
Dr Nick White’s involvement with the MacDiarmid Institute paved the way for his PhD at Oxford University, a Postdoctorate Fellowship at the University of British Columbia and a lectureship at Australian National University.