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					The Contribution of the MacDiarmid Institute to New Zealand
Mid Term Review - September 2010

demonstrate: quality of research, collaboration, networking, outreach,
dissemination and uptake of research, organisational development (People and
systems) strengths, where will we will be in 3 yrs time, what are the areas for
improvement and how are we addressing these.

1. Quality of Research:

2. Collaboration:

3. Networking:

4. Outreach:
•    The Discovery Awards programme
     directed at Maori and Pacific year 12 and
     13 pupils was held in 2009 and 2010. Five
     pupils took part in the first programme and
     12 in the second. Three pupils are now
     enrolled at Victoria University in the
     Science Faculty, [Nikita Hunia, PJ
     Campbell and Buddy Nuku] one pupil won
     a University of Otago Maori and Pacific
     Islands Entrance Scholarship for 2010
     [Kate Tarawhiti].

                                         •       The Nanocamp for senior high school
                                         pupils was held in Massey in 2009 and Canterbury
                                         in 2010. In 2011 the event will again be held at
                                         Massey. For both programmes large number of
                                         applications were received for the twelve available

                                         Canterbury 2010

•    The Institute takes part Awhina outreach at public events focusing on Maori and Pacific
     pupils. Examples of these are Atamira Maori in the City in Auckland in 2009, Awhina
     Cybrospace Porirua Community Outreach in August 2010.

•    Howard Lukefahr was active in the following projects:
              The Physics Teacher's Resource Bank
               The Physics Travelling classroom — Marae and schools from Wellington
                to Auckland.
               Te Reo Maori Physics Project
               School teacher support - various activities
               "Earthworks" 6-part radio series for Radio New Zealand - proposed for re-
                broadcast in Australia and United Kingdom

•   The VIP Physics class in association with RSNZ is attended by artists, writers,
                                               broadcasters and publishers:

                                               Climate Change March 2006
                                               Disasters Oct 2006
                                               Land Use June 2007
                                               Mathematics June 2008
                                               Nanotechnology Nov 2008
                                               Astronomy March 2010

•   Every June the Institute hosts 15 US PhD students visiting under the East Asia and
    Pacific Summer Institutes New Zealand Orientation arranged by the RSNZ (Eddie

•   Café Scientifique talks —
          Shaun Hendy, Hamilton ―Nanotechnology, opportunity or threat?‖
          Richard Tilley nanotechnology at Te Papa
          Ben Ruck, Reka Café, Dowse Art Gallery, Lower Hutt ―Nanotechnology,
          what harm can there be?‖

•   Our Changing World, RadioNZ National —
         Andy Edgar, ―Glass for Radiation Imaging― 13 May 2010
         Richard Tilley, ―Nanotechnology - the tiny way towards a bigger future‖
          Richard Tilley and Ashton Prtridge, 10 September 2009 on quantum dot
          solar cells.

•   RadioNZ National —
         Richard Tilley, 9.30 am Live Interview 16 December 2009 on our research
         on silicon quantum dots for cancer imaging
         Shaun Hendy, Radio New Zealand Nights, 20 minute slot on physics with
         Bryan Crump, once every six weeks for all of 2010, Simon Shepherd (TV3
         News, Jan 19)

•   Television —
          Richard Tilley, TV 1 News and TV 3 News 5 minute interview on our
          research on silicon quantum dots for cancer imaging 16 December 2009.

•   Print media —
           Richard Tilley, article on the front page of the Dominion Post, 16 December 2009
           on research paper on silicon quantum dots for cancer imaging published in the
           Journal of the American Chemical Society.

           Simon Brown, Weekend Herald 19 July 2010, item on nanotechnology

           Shaun Hendy, Christchurch Press article 30 June 2010 "NZ should think like a
           city of 4.5 million people Interviews with Rebecca Macfie (Listener, July),
           Peter Kerr (Businesswire, July), Business Day (NZPA, June), Simon
           Shepherd (TV3 News, Jan), Noelle McCarthy (Radio NZ Summer Noelle,
           Shaun Hendy has also a Blog on since Sept 2009, now more
           than 50 posts and a readership of more than 1000 people per month and is
           Adviser to Science Media Center.

•    Sponsorship of the RSNZ Rutherford Lecture 2010:
     Martin Lord Rees is a successor of Sir Isaac Newton and Ernest Lord Rutherford as
     President of the Royal Society of London. He is also UK‘s Astronomer Royal and
     Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. Lord Rees visited the Institute at the Victoria
     and Canterbury sites and met with students and principal investigators.
•    NZ Chemistry Olympiad
•    The International Young Physicist of the Year tournament
•    RSNZ Honours Dinner
•    Te Reo project/Awhina programme for Maori and Pacific pupils
•    Two pupils supported to attend the Asian Science Camp in 2009 (Tsukuba,
     Japan) and 2010 (Mumbai, India)
•    Sponsorship of University of Canterbury Images of Nanotechnology
     Competition to find the best NZ images from nanotechnology research. The best
     images will be displayed at a special exhibition in Christchurch and there are
     $2000 in prizes.
Communication - publications:

                          •      Tools for Transformation —

                                  providing information about capital equipment held
                          by the Institute.

•    Media Kit section added to the website:

•    Shaun Hendy has established a blogsite on the SciBlogs website:,
     maintained by
     the Science Media Centre.

Future plans:
•    2011 International Year of Chemistry - collaboration with Massey Design
•    AMN-5 - public lecture, speaker Sri Richard Friend
•    Channel 7 Science Series fronted by John Watt
•    Media interviews with Richard Blaikie, Shaun Hendy, and other MacDiarmid
     Principal Investigators

•    In 2009 a consultant was contracted to review the Outreach activities of the
     Institute and an innovative programme has been developed including:
     •     2012 Transit of Venus leadership forum
     •     In the Nature of Science series for secondary school students and
           media/general public
     •     Business lunch aligned with AMN-5 sponsored by IRL, with Anthony
           Leggett as speaker
     •     Bring senior secondary chemistry/physics students in to AMN-5 poster

5. Dissemination and Update of Research:
6. Organisational Development (People and Systems)
On the retirement from the Board of Professor Ian Watson, Dr Steve Thompson was
appointed to the position of Chair of the MacDiarmid Board from January 2010.

The Board Chair is Steve Thompson who works with the British High Commission building UK-NZ
research collaborations.
                          He has an academic background in agriculture, economics and business
                          and extensive experience in science management. He has an Honours
                          degree in Agricultural Science from the UK, a Masters in Economics from
                          Canada and a PhD in Agriculture from the UK.
                          He moved to New Zealand in 1997 as CEO of the Foundation for
                          Research, Science and Technology, then CEO of the Royal Society of New
                          Zealand for seven years. He became a Companion of the Royal Society of
                          New Zealand in 2008.
                          He is also a graduate of Canada's National Defence College and the
                          Queen's University Programme for Public Executives. He has experience
                          in environmental and economic management, policy formulation, conflict
                          resolution and scientific, economic and environmental analysis.

Other new members of the Board are:

                            Don Cleland is Professor of Process Engineering and Head of the School
                            of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University,
                            Palmerston North. He has been based at Massey University for 25 years.

                            He is currently Vice-President of the Science and Technology Council of
                            the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) and is the immediate
                            past-Chair of the NZ National Committee of the IIR. He is a trustee of
                            the NZ Robotics Charitable Trust and a member of the Board of the
                            Manawatu Cricket Association.
                Professor Jan Evans-Freeman is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Engineering at
                the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. Prior to this she was the Head
                of Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. Before that she ran
                the Centre for Electronic Materials at Sheffield Hallam, 2004-009, and was an
                academic member of staff at UMIST in Manchester (UK), 1999-2004.
                Professor Evans-Freeman has served on many UK government advisory
                panels and is currently a member of the UK Engineering and Physical Science
                Peer Review College. She has carried out international peer review activities
                for national funding bodies such as the European Union, and the South
                African and Finland national funding agencies. Between 2003-2008 she was
                the Chair of the national Ion Beam Facility Steering Group in the UK,
                successfully taking them through their next large funding bid.

                  Professor Vernon Squire is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic &
                  International) at the University of Otago. Prior to taking on this role, he
                  was Pro-Vice-Chancellor Sciences for 6 years, responsible for the
                  management and strategic development of the Division of Sciences at the
                  University. He is an applied mathematician, who continues to engage in
                  research and to supervise a small team interested in wave scattering
                  problems and marine physics in Arctic and Antarctic waters.
                  Professor Squire has convened government advisory panels, for example
                  MFAT's Environmental Assessment and Review Panel and TEC's PBRF
                  Mathematics, Information Systems & Technology Panel, and is currently a
                  member of the Riddet Institute Governance Board, the WildSouth
                  International Film Festival Charitable Trust and the Board of University
                  of Otago Foundation Studies.

Dr Geoff Todd
7. Development of Strengths
The Student and Post Doc Symposium is now in its 6th year. Themes for these have
      2005 Presentations of research work and visitors including reps from —
            MoRST, FoRST, TEC, GNS, IRL, A.J. Park, Baldwins, magritek,
            Beaglehole Instruments, Resene, Vega Industries, Malaghan Institute,
            NIWA, MoE and RSNZ
      2006 Research – What‘s it all about?
      2007 Scientists Sans Frontiers: Interfacial Tensions or Diminishing
      2008 An Overview of Institute Expertise.
      2009 How to make money from your science
      2010 The Cutting Edge

                                                                  Massey 2007

The Board discretionary fund:
Used to fund strategically important projects. These have been:

1. Nanotechnolgy for DNA Sequencing: $127,510 per annum to June 30 2010 plus
   $24,000 Capital item. Geoff Willmott, IRL/Izon (formerly Australo).

2. Development of Zinc Oxide Electronic Devices: $198,765 per annum to August
   2011. Steve Durbin, CU

3. Andreas Hermann. Simulations of the templated growth of nanocrystals, Hendy,
   Gaston, McGrath, Brimble Schwerdtfeger

Funding successes:
•    Keith Gordon received FRST funding to study self-repair organic electronics
     over the next 3 years. The work is collaborative with Ashton Partridge also
     involved. They will also be working with Dyesol in Australia and MSL in

•    A proposal led by Shaun Hendy, ―Nanoscale Control of Crystal Growth‖
     has received funding from FRST for two years with the possibility of a two year

•    A proposal "Building Capability for Magnetic Resonance" led by Paul Callaghan
     and Robin Dykstra, has been funded by FRST for 2 years with the possibility of
     an extension for a further 2 years.

8. Three Year’s Time:

The Institute will be the pre-eminent research organisation in New Zealand with a
     large number of collaborations with industry, hundreds of successful PhD
     students, stellar PIs, tens of post doctoral fellows, ever expanding laboratories
     housing 22nd century equipment an atom collider and two senior administrators.
     These incredible advances have been a result of the ‗Big Science Ideas‘ initiative
     from which was developed the MacD nano-dot self regulating personal health
     check, thrusting NZ into the position of one the leading world economic forces
     of the 21st century as well as resulting in three Nobel Prizes, one in physics, one
     in chemistry and one in administration.

9. Areas for improvement and their management:

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