The University of Auckland has joined the MacDiarmid Institute's partner network, cementing a long-standing relationship between the organisations.
The new agreement will broaden the university's access to MacDiarmid Institute equipment and funds, and MacDiarmid investigators will likewise benefits from the university's commercialisation experience and resources.
The University of Auckland also gains a seat on the MacDiarmid
Institute's governance board, which will give it a say in the
institute's future development.
"This is a really big deal for us," said MacDiarmid Institute director Professor Kate McGrath.
"The University of Auckland is an exceptional university, with great people and extensive infrastructure."
"This is a formal recognition of our involvement in the MacDiarmid Institute," says
University of Auckland Professor of Chemistry and Principal Investigator David Williams said the MacDiarmid Institute was internationally recognised as a leading player in materials science and nanotechnology in a way individual partners were not.
"Our real competition is not ourselves but the rest of the world. If we want to be serious, and make a serious contribution to a science-led economy, we have to use all the brains and capability we have collaboratively."
Several MacDiarmid Institute events, including the latest in its international conference series, AMN-6, will be held in Auckland next year in recognition of the new partnership.
The University of Auckland joins six current partner organisations: Victoria University of Wellington, (the host University), University of Canterbury, Massey University, University of Otago, Industrial Research Limited and GNS Science.