Paul Mulvaney is the Director of the new ARC Centre of Excellence in Excition 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.

 

Staff

Calum

Dr Calum Kinnear
ARC Research Fellow in Single Nanocrystal Arrays
calum.kinnear@unimelb.edu.au

Graduated: PhD at the Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Research Interests: plasmonics, biomaterials, sensing, colloid chemistry, scattering, nanomaterials, and soft matter physics
Other Interests: skiing, surfing, and attempting to bake

James

Dr James A. Hutchison
ARC DECRA Fellow
james.hutchison@unimelb.edu.au

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

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Dr Pegah Maasoumi
ARC Research Fellow in Flexible Electronics
pegah.maasoumi@unimelb.edu.au

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

Ms Johanna Monk
ACEX Administrative Officer
monkj@unimelb.edu.au
 

 

Students

Arun

Arun Ashokan (PhD)
aashokan@student.unimelb.edu.au
Graduated: BS-MS, IISER- Thiruvananthapuram, India
Research interests: Quantum dots, Inorganic synthesis
Other interests: Walking, Soccer, Cricket

Cameron

Cameron Ritchie (PhD)
ritchiec@student.unimelb.edu.au

Graduated: MSc, University of Melbourne
Research Interests: Green energy, nanoparticles, deposition, theoretical modelling
Thesis Title: Aqueous, ligand-free synthesis and deposition of Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnSnSe4 nanocrystals for low temperature selenized Cu2ZnSnSxSe(4-x) thin film PV devices
Other interests: Middle-distance running, DIY projects from building lab equipment to cosplay, strategy & fantasy books/games/shows

Christian

 Christian Blauth (PhD)
cblauth@student.unimelb.edu.au

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

Gangchen

Gangchen Yuan (PhD)
gangchengy@student.unimelb.edu.au

Graduated: BSc, MSc, Peking University, China
Research interests:  spectroscopy, quantum dots
Thesis title:  Blinking of quantum dots

Heyou

Heyou Zhang (PhD)
heyouz@student.unimelb.edu.au

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.

Jianchao Ge (Masters)
jianchaog@student.unimelb.edu.au    
Graduated: BSc, University of Queensland
Research interests: nanoparticles, quantum dots, electrospectrochemistry
Other interests: Go (Game/Weiqi), Badminton

Marc

Marc Schaechtele (PhD)
Marc_Schaechtele@web.de
Graduated: Dipl.-Phys., University of Tuebingen, Germany
Research interests: High-Speed Atomic Force Microscopy, AFM Cantilever
Other interests: Diving, hiking, traveling

Maria

Maria Ritter (PhD)
Maria1.Ritter@uni-bayreuth
Graduated: MSc, University of Bayreuth (Polymer Science), Germany
Research interests: Synthesis and formation of colloids and polymers, nanocomposites and their application
Thesis title: In-situ Monitored Growth of Semiconducting Clusters and Nanoparticles
Other interests: sports, music, hiking and nature, politics

Susanne

Susanne Seibt (PhD)
seibts@student.unimelb.edu.au
Graduated: MSc, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Thesis title: In situ investigations of molecular self-assembly using microfluidics
Research interests: Nanoparticles, Microfluidics, Growth Kinetics, Scattering techniques
Other interests: music, boarding, football, podcasts, traveling

 

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Weijie Geng (Masters)
weijig@student.unimelb.edu.au

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

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Xuying Li (Masters)
xuyingl@student.unimelb.edu.au 

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