Donor gives MacDiarmid Institute $1m for nanotechnology

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 science.

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 Nuclear Sciences.

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.

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