MacDiarmid Institute: Advanced materials, making an impact on energy and sustainability

Advanced materials making an impact on energy and sustainability - MacDiarmid Institute, Industry interface event

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Join us to hear from thought leaders in the energy and sustainability fields and hear about how new materials have the potential to impact on New Zealand’s energy landscape.

Our dynamic speakers will cover topics ranging from new materials research aimed at reducing electricity consumption in supercomputers; to carbon dioxide capture; and hydrogen as an energy source.


You should be present for the whole duration of this event.

Aotea Centre , Waihorotiu rooms 1 & 2, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland, New Zealand

Wednesday 22 May
5:30pm - 7:30pm

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Dr Ollie Crush

Mint Innovation

Mint, a cleantech start-up develops and deploys new technologies to aid the recovery of valuable materials from unusual feedstocks like electronic waste. After developing a suitable recovery process for metals such as gold and copper, Mint is now scaling further into pre-commercial demonstration.

Prof Shane Telfer

Professor of Chemistry at Massey University

With broad interests in synthetic chemistry and molecular materials, Shane researches metal-organic frameworks, a tremendously exciting new class of porous crystalline ‘molecular sponges’ that have applications in gas storage, separations and catalysis.

Dr Eva Anton

Research Fellow, MacDiarmid Institute and Victoria University of Wellington

Rapidly growing demand for data storage and processing, means data centers consume enormous amounts of power with negative environmental impact. Eva’s research aims to develop computer memory operating at ultra-low temperatures for energy efficient, faster superconducting computers.

Cathy Clennett

Executive Director

Hiringa Energy’s vision is to create a zero emission, hydrogen energy future for New Zealand, supplying hydrogen to meet business and community energy needs. New Zealand’s first energy company for the supply of green hydrogen is establishing production, distribution and refueling infrastructure.

Dr Geoff Willmott

Deputy Director for Commercialisation and Industry Engagement, MacDiarmid Institute

Geoff obtained a PhD from the University of Cambridge in shock physics in 2005. He has worked with Industrial Research Limited (now Callaghan) in the Nano and Micro Fluidics team. Now a Senior Lecturer at Auckland University, he has previously collaborated with Qinetiq, de Beers and Izon Science.


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