Watch our video to see what is behind materials science and how this links to the high value manufacturing sector.
The Interface Industry Challenge is a new joint initiative conceived by the MacDiarmid Institute and the Dodd-Walls Centre, under which scientists from two Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) tackle real world problems faced by New Zealand companies.
“We wanted to extend our partnerships with industry. Asking industry to set problems for the Dodd-Walls Centre and the MacDiarmid Institute has really got everybody excited. The companies are excited about tapping into top research minds, and the scientists are excited about working with and making a contribution to these companies."
Under the ‘Interface Industry Challenge’, the Dodd-Walls Centre and the MacDiarmid Institute put out a call to New Zealand companies to come up with problems needing a hi-tech science solution. Seven New Zealand companies have posed problems.
Materials are all around us – the smart phone or laptop you’re reading this on, and the coffee cup you’re holding. Even the sugar you might put in your coffee is a material.
When we make things really small, as we do in nanotechnology, we create a material that has most of its substance at the surface. With sugar, that means it dissolves quickly, but in general it means we can control the properties of that material with great precision. For example we can take a material – any material – it could be metal or plastic – and we can play with the surface and give it new abilities e.g. make it antibacterial or make it absorb more light. This has application for many high tech manufacturing industries, including medicine, new energy technologies and new computers.