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Latest News from the Biomaterials Group...

DECEMBER 07: I'M LEAVING ON A JET PLANE !

During December there was a good deal of travelling going on in the group, both work and pleasure as NZ enjoyed a beautiful summer.

Padmesh attended An International School on Biomembrane Physics, while Bill returned to Hawaii for the Second International Conference on the Mechanics of Biomaterials and Tissues, where personel highlights were talks on modelling hierarchical assembly in proteins, and experiments on the behaviour of elastin under shear.

Romaric was also travelling, closer to home, down in the South Island; congratulations to him for summiting Mt.Cook!....Now for a real challenge..get writing up!!!!

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NOVEMBER 07: CORE SUCCESS !

This month we hosted the MacDiarmid Students Symposium at Massey, giving us a good opportunity, among other things, to hear some great science, play footy and top the climbing wall, argue about whether there really is only physics and stampcollecting over a beer, and learn about getting chilled out by looking at fractals!

Further good news for the group this month as the first meeting is held to discuss work to be carried out under the umbrella of Massey's new CORE, The Riddett Institute. This will allow us to delve further into the glories of PME....

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OCTOBER 07: WILKOMMEN !

Welcome to Christian Secker who hails from Hamburg. Christian is doing a degree course in Biomimetics in Bremmen and will be working with our group until February carying out his overseas placement.

Christian's arrival continues a recent German theme with Romaric finishing his European tour by presenting a poster at the International Soft Matter Conference in Aachen. Perhaps his new found interest in Lederhosen and Bratwurst will help soften the blow when England beat France in the rugby on Sunday!

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SEPTEMBER 07: DANCING BEADS !

This month the group put on demonstrations at the local science museum, Te Manawa, based around an "Energy" theme as part of a weeks science fair. Aurelie and Motoko talked about energy scales and levitated superconductors while Abdenor looked at heat generated motions and Padmesh made Grapefruit batteries.

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AUGUST 07: EUROPE WOOED BY KIWI HAIRSTYLES!

Romaric and Aurelie travelled back to Europe this month. They attended and spoke at the Structure and Dynamics of Soft Condensed Matter conference in Sweden and got a chance to meet some of the major players in the microrheology area. The Crayfish and Viking drinking songs and also went down well by all accounts!

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JULY 07: NON-NEWTONIAN........TROUGH !

Inspired by some cool complex fluids clips on the web we made our very own Non-Newtonian Pool (OK!...It was more of a trough really, but mixing 150 KGs of cornflour by hand was about as much fun as we could handle!)

 

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JUNE 07: MACDIARMID BOOST !

Great news this month as the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology has been refundedas an exemplar Centre of Research Excellence.

As well as simply being excellent for physical sciences in New Zealand, its great for Soft Materials and in particular means that we will have the capital to go ahead with a bid to set-up an Optical Tweezers facility. So watch this space!

 

 

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MAY 07: SHINE ON !

The high sensitivity cell for the CE has arrived and is go!

And while we concentrate on the UV for the detection post-separation, we have also added FTIR / ATR to the raft of techniques at our disposal, which we hope will be of particular interest for the analysis of our pectin systems.

 

 

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APRIL 07: AMYLOID OUTBREAK!

It was great to have Susie Meade come and work with us for a week in April. Susie is working in Juliet Gerrard's Group down in sunny (yeah right) Canterbury.

Here are some piccies of Jonny's leaving do.....unbeknown to Jonny we were feeding him dubious beouf to try and infect him for our latest bunch of experiments..

 

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MARCH 07: THE SWEET SMELL OF PECTIN!

It was a great pleasure to have Erin O'Donohouge & Dave Brummel from Crop and Food come over to our goup meeting.We heard about senescence, flowers, in-vivo fine structure modifications (of pectin of course!!) and the use of antibodies.

 

We also introduced the Jonathan Hunt Memorial Paper Discussion, in memory of Jonnys lasting contribution to the group...He left NZ this month to pursue a PhD at the University of Queensland turning his modelling skills to brain science. See the Past members section of our main page to keep up-to-date with which over-zealous administrators or security guards he is currently upsetting!

 

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FEBRUARY 07: ALMOST AS GOOD AS PALMY!

Romaric and Bill ventured down to the capital to attend and present at the MacDiarmid Institutes AMN3 conference. An excellent meeting with a scientific buzz, all the more vibrant for the memory of Alan MacDiarmid.

Wellington also lived up to the hype of being a great place to go out, check out the excellent live music on Cuba street....Still cant beat the mighty Younghearts at footy though!!!!

POSITION AVAILABLE: With Aaron effectively switching projects at the end of the month, we do now have around 14 months money left to employ a Postdoctoral Fellow to help us with our AFM, imaging and stretching work. If you are interested please drop us a mail (m.williams@massey.ac.nz).

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JANUARY 07: BYE BYE BABY BABY BYE BYE!

Not content with rather large bunches of flowers Aaron has won a prestigous New Zealand Postdoctoral Fellowship. He will be leaving the heady intoxicating glow of pectin behind, working on catalysts for hydrogen production from water. He can't quite bring himself to completely leave soft matter behind though, and will be using liposomes in his new project. We wish him all the best and while we still think the best way to save the world is to move to a completely pectin-based society hope his new project is a great success. Thanks for all your efforts dude, you are still very welcome to the group meeting cakes!..

Actually seems a bit strange that this co-incides with Audioslaves break-up?..I've seen you strutting round the lab using that actuator as a microphone........

 

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