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Cafe Scientifique & The MacDiarmid Institute “To Industry & Beyond”

24th September 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Café Scientifique Tauranga is proud to host the MacDiarmid Institute’s annual Regional Lecture Series.

Join us to hear MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator, Dr Franck Natali, and MacDiarmid alumnus Dr Manmeet Kaur, speak about how science (and hi-tech research in materials science in particular) can grow a high-tech economy and wealth for New Zealand.

This talk “MacDiarmid Science – to Industry and Beyond” will focus on science as it heads from the lab to the marketplace, and on pathways for MacDiarmid Institute alumni heading from universities into hi-tech industry.

About the MacDiarmid Institute:

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is a government-funded Centre of Research Excellence. The Institute pulls together the best materials scientists from around New Zealand. Materials science underpins all high-value manufacturing and the MacDiarmid Institute has a proud record of spinning out new high tech-companies, and a long history of cross-collaboration with industry.

See more about the Institute here in our two-minute video https://vimeo.com/267147736


Dr Franck Natali – Deputy Director of The MacDiarmid Institute

Dr Natali is a physicist at Victoria University of Wellington with experience in industry and academic settings. He is passionate to show how collaboration between engineering, materials science, physics and industry sectors can create new science and bring new economic and cultural ambitions. He is part of a MacDiarmid Institute research team working on a new class of materials, which could significantly cut energy use in the electronics and chemistry sectors worldwide. He and his MacDiarmid collaborators have key Intellectual Property for this work and are being approached by international companies who would like to work together using this IP.

Dr Manmeet Kaur – Alumnus of The MacDiarmid Institute

Dr Manmeet Kaur did her PhD with The MacDiarmid Institute and went on to work for a New Zealand start-up company, where she put her skills into taking a protein-based nanomaterial for skincare products and wound dressings from the lab through to production. She is now a research fellow at the University of Auckland and doing her Master’s in Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship (MCE).


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  • This is a FREE event – The MacDiarmid Institute are covering the costs
  • Doors open at 6:30 for 7pm start
  • Seats are limited as you know and this topic will be popular so get in quick


24th September 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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