Paul Mulvaney is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science and Professor of Chemistry in the School of Chemistry and Bio21 Institute at the University of Melbourne.

He was a recent ARC Laureate Fellowfrom 2011-2015 and an ARC Federation Fellow from 2006-2010. He served as Chair of the Australian Academy of Science National Committee for Chemistry from 2014-2016.

Paul received his PhD degree at the University of Melbourne in 1989, working on electron transfer kinetics with Professor Franz Grieser. His other mentors have been Dr. Dani Meisel from the Argonne National Laboratories (1986-1988) and Prof. Arnim Henglein at the Hahn-Meitner Institute (1989-1992).

The ARC Centre for Exciton Science (2017-2023) has as its vision “Next-Generation Light Harvesting Molecules for a Sustainable Energy Future”. The goal of this research is to create a team that can discover and develop new ways to harness sunlight for energy storage; develop more energy efficient devices for light generation such as LEDs; and also look at optical sensors for security and environmental applications.




Dr James A. Hutchison
ARC Future Fellow

Graduated: PhD, University of Melbourne
Research interests: Plasmonics, Organic Polaritonics, SERS (bio)sensing, Energy and electron transfer


Dr Pegah Maasoumi
ARC Research Fellow in Flexible Electronics

Graduated: PhD Centre of Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), the University of Queensland
Research interests: Organic electronic devices : Light Emitting  Diodes, Light Emitting Transistors , Photovoltaics
Other interests: TED Talks, Traveling, Rock Climbing,  Hiking

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Dr Eser Akinoglu
Humboldt Fellow

Graduated: PhD Physics, Freie Universität Berlin (2016)
Research interests: Nanofabrication, Plasmonic Systems and Nanoelectrochemistry, plasmon assisted Photoelectrochemistry.

Ms Johanna Monk
ACEX Administrative Officer


Dr Nicholas Kirkwood
Laboratory Manager

Graduated: PhD Chemistry, University of Melbourne (2016)
Research interests: Synthesis and characterisation of semiconductor nanocrystals




Arun Ashokan (PhD)

Graduated: BS-MS, IISER- Thiruvananthapuram, India
Research interests: Quantum dots, Inorganic synthesis
Other interests: Walking, Soccer, Cricket


Ben Tadgell (PhD)

Graduated: MSc, University of Melbourne
Research Interests: Ultra-fast Spectroscopy, Colloidal Systems, Chemical Sensors
Other Interests: Hiking, Surfing, Hockey


 Christian Blauth (PhD)

Graduated: MSc Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Research interests: The incorporation of Quantum Dots into optoelectronic devices.   


Claire Dawson (Masters)

Graduated: BSc, The University of Melbourne
Research Interests: Plasmonics, metallic nanowires, surface-enhanced photochemistry
Other Interests: Reading, sketching, music


Hanbo Yang (Masters)

Graduated: Bsc, The University of Melbourne
Research interests: modelling solar cells, Monte-Carlo Ray Tracing Simulation, material and inorganic chemistry
Other interests: Violin, chocolates, dog-patting


Heyou Zhang (PhD)

Graduated: BSc Wuhan University, China, MSc The University of Melbourne.
Research interests: Electrophoretic Deposition, Nanoparticle Fabrication, Single Nanoparticle Spectroscopy, Dark Field Microscopy, Nanoparticle catalysis.
Thesis topic: Electrophoretic deposition of nanocrystal array and its application.
Other interests: Gym, Cocktail, Walking, Music.


Weijie Geng (Masters)

Graduated: MSc, Beijing Normal University
Research interests: nanoparticle fabrication, nanoparticle self-assembly, ion exchange technology
Personal interests: Piano, swimming, music, reading


Xuying Li (Masters) 

Graduated: BSc, Beijing University of Chemical Technology
Research interests: Solar cells, new energy, material and inorganic chemistry
Personal interests: Anime, playing badminton, traveling, mobile games


Past Staff and Students

Jianchao Ge (Masters)    

Graduated: BSc, University of Queensland
Research interests: nanoparticles, quantum dots, electrospectrochemistry
Other interests: Go (Game/Weiqi), Badminton


Weijie Nie (PhD)

Graduated from: MSc, Shandong University, China
Research interests: Waveguide devices, Nanomaterials, Waveguide lasers, Nonlinear optics
Other interests: Travelling, Music and Calligraphy