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 research organisation specialising in materials science and nanotechnology. It is based at Victoria University of Wellington, although it also draws on other universities and on two Crown Research Institutes.

The Institute is named after Alan MacDiarmid, a New Zealander who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (with two others) in 2000. It was established by the government as one of eight Centres of Research Excellence throughout the country.

The Institute divides its work into six "themes":

List of Directors[edit]

The following list shows all of the Directors of the MacDiarmid Institute since it was established in 2002.

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 – present [4]


  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. 

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