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NZ Innovation for Sustainability comes to town

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 05 Sep, 2019 | By Allison McLean journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

MacDiarmid Institute scientists will be in Wanaka tomorrow (Friday) to talk about how materials science is offering a greener future for our planet. 

Speakers Dr Nicola Gaston and Dr Marcus Jones, MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, will be holding a session of their annual Regional Innovation Showcase, ‘NZ Innovation for Sustainability,' at the Presbyterian Church Hall at 6pm. It will be hosted by the Wanaka Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Gaston and Jones plan to talk about how solar energy materials, new battery technologies and carbon capture can offer a zero carbon future. They will look at how materials research into how energy-efficient computers, recyclable consumer electronics and upcycling natural materials will contribute to a renewable economy. The pair also plan to speak about current research in New Zealand that may reduce the effects of climate change. 

Gaston is an associate professor at the University of Auckland and a principal investigator and co-director at MacDiarmid Institute.

Jones is a senior lecturer at Auckland University of Technology and an associate investigator at MacDiarmid Institute.

Entry to Friday's event is $5 per person.

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