MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

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The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (often simply called the MacDiarmid Institute) is a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) specialising in materials science and nanotechnology. It is hosted by Victoria University of Wellington, and is a collaboration between five universities and two Crown Research Institutes.

The Institute is named after Alan MacDiarmid, a New Zealander who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2000. It is funded by the New Zealand government through the Tertiary Education Commission.

The Institute divides its work into three "themes":

  • Functional Nanostructures
  • Tomorrow's Electronic Devices
  • Energy


Name Term Notes
1 Professor Sir Paul Callaghan 2002–2008 [1]
2 Professor Richard Blaikie 2008–2011 [2]
3 Professor Kathryn McGrath 2011–2015 [3]
4 Professor Thomas Nann 2015–2018 [4]
5 Associate Professor Justin Hodgkiss and Associate Professor Nicola Gaston 2018– [5]

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  1. ^ "University deeply saddened by death of Paul Callaghan". Scoop. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  2. ^ "UC professor new head of MacDiarmid Institute". Scoop. 17 September 2008. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Young professor appointed as new Director for VUW's MacDiarmid Institute". Scoop. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  4. ^ "New Director for the MacDiarmid Institute". MacDiarmid Institute. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Nicola Gaston on taking the wheel at the MacDiarmid Institute". The Spinoff. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2018.

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