The science may deal with small things, but one supporter of
nanotechnology is thinking big - with a $1 million bequest
for its nanotechnology faculty.
The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and
Nanotechnology, a partnership between four New Zealand
universities and two state science companies, will receive
the bequest through the Victoria University Foundation.
Proceeds from the money will be used to support post-graduate
scholarships at the institute and encourage students to
continue in science.
The donor, who was not named, was "thrilled" to be able to
support leading edge research and encourage advanced study in
The institute is hosted by Victoria University and supported
by Massey, Canterbury, and Otago universities, as well as
Industrial Research Ltd, and the Institute for Geological and
MacDiarmid Institute director Dr Richard Blaikie said that
the bequest was an incredibly generous contribution.
The donor had realised a bequest could help future
generations after seeing the private support given to
universities in the United States, he said.