Chief Investigators

 

Prof. Paul Mulvaney FAA FRSC FRACI
University of Melbourne
Centre Director
mulvaney@unimelb.edu.au

Mulvaney is a materials chemist who will focus on the use of semiconductor nanocrystals as excitonic materials for solar energy conversion, sensors and security labelling.


Prof. Udo Bach
Monash University
Centre Deputy Director and Capability Leader in Device Design and Fabrication
udo.bach@monash.edu

Bach is a solar energy expert who has worked with numerous solar industry partners including: Hoechst, NTera, Bluescope Steel, Bosch, Innovia, Suntech, Trina Solar.


   

   

Assoc. Prof. Jacek Jasieniak
Monash University
Capability Leader of the materials development and synthesis and Deputy leader of the Excitonic Materials for Security, Lighting and Sensing Theme.
jacek.jasieniak@monash.edu

Jasieniak is a materials chemist and will be applying his knowledge in nanomaterials, coatings and devices to all three themes. His background in external engagement also means that he will be taking on an active role in this area for the Centre, assisting the Director and the Business Development Manager. 


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Prof. Salvy Russo
RMIT University
Centre Deputy Director and Capability Leader, Theory and Modelling. 
salvy.russo@rmit.edu.au

Russo is a theoretical physicist who will drive the computational modelling program. As an Associate Dean at RMIT, he also will play a key role in managing the Centre administration and compliance.


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Assoc. Prof. Dane McCamey
UNSW
Outreach, Education and Governance Director, node manager UNSW
dane.mccamey@unsw.edu.au

McCamey 's expertise is in coherent spin-based spectroscopy, microwave probes of conductivity, and high speed electrical measurements and device characterisation. These areas underpin Artificial Photosynthesis and Exciton Spin in Theme 3. 


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Prof. Yi-bing Cheng
Monash University
Deputy Leader for the Device Design and Fabrication Capability
yibing.cheng@monash.edu

Cheng is a solar energy expert who has made numerous breakthroughs on the latest perovskite solar cells and has built extensive commercialisation links through start-up companies. He coordinates the Centre's links to Wuhan National Laboratory.


    

  

 

Assoc. Prof. Jared Cole
RMIT University
Deputy Theme Leader of the Control of Excitons Theme
jared.cole@rmit.edu.au

Cole is a theoretical physicist who specialises in quantum theory and the study of open-quantum systems, particularly when applied to solid-state nanostructures. He has extensive experience in modelling and understanding electron transport, spin physics and decoherence theory, all of which are central to understanding the control and manipulation of excitons.


   

   

Dr Alison Funston
Monash University
Capability Leader in Spectroscopy and Measurement
alison.funston@monash.edu

Funston's research within the Centre will explore the enormous potential of hybrid inorganic/organic systems within specific systems designed for light harvesting, solar upconversion, singlet fission and directed energy transfer. She aims to combine time resolved excitation with a scanning near-field optical microscope, to provide real time imaging of exciton diffusion in films.


   

 

 

Prof. Ken Ghiggino
University of Melbourne
Deputy Capability Leader for Materials and Synthesis and Manager International Links
ghiggino@unimelb.edu.au

Ghiggino's group study excitonic processes in various systems including luminescent concentrators, non-coherent light upconversion andlight harvesting systems for photovoltaic and artificial photosynthesis applications. He has access to sophisticated spectroscopic equipment including ultrafast transient absorption and fluorescence instrumentation to follow these processes. 


   

 

 

Prof. John Sader
University of Melbourne
Deputy Capability Leader of the Theory and Modelling Platform
elie@ms.unimelb.edu.au

Sader is an applied mathematician with extensive experience in modelling nanomechanics and energy flow in nanoscale systems. His expertise in analytical, numerical and computational solutions of the Boltzmann equation will be utilised heavily, providing a foundation for mesoscopic electron and phonon transport.


Prof. Timothy Schmidt
UNSW
Theme leader for the Excitonic Systems for Solar Energy Conversion Theme
timothy.schmidt@unsw.edu.au

Schmidt is a molecular spectroscopist who has specialised in the development of world leading upconverter systems for energy harvesting. This is a core platform for the new centre. He will also coordinate with other Theme Leaders.


Dr Asaph Widmer-Cooper
University of Sydney
Deputy Leader of the Excitonic Systems for Solar Energy Conversion Theme
asaph.widmer-cooper@sydney.edu.au

Widmer-Cooper is a computational chemist with expertise in modelling the structure, dynamics and formation of amorphous, crystalline and self-assembled materials. He will help develop up-conversion devices and luminescent solar concentrators by studying how interactions, fields and shear can be manipulated to bias the distribution and alignment of nanoparticles within thin polymer films, and will contribute to our understanding of how molecular structure and dynamics affects the behaviour of excitons. 


Dr Wallace Wong
University of Melbourne
Theme Leader for Excitonic Materials for Security, Lighting and Sensing.
wwhwong@unimelb.edu.au

Wong is a synthetic organic chemist with extensive experience in conducting polymer development. He will work on new OPV systems, and the development of flexible electronics with applications in security, sensing and photovoltaics. 


Assoc. Prof. Trevor Smith
University of Melbourne
Theme Leader for Excitonic Materials for Security, Lighting and Sensing.
trevoras@unimelb.edu.au

Professor Trevor Smith is a spectroscopist in the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne. His primary interests are the development of super-resolution optical imaging methods and the use of ultrafast laser spectroscopy and time-resolved microscopy to study fast chemical processes, including energy transfer, electron transfer and excitons in polymers.


Dr Girish Lakhwani
University of Sydney
Theme Leader of the Control of Excitons Theme.
girish.lakhwani@sydney.edu.au


Lakhwani's expertise covers chiroptical spectroscopy, single molecule spectroscopy, device physics and master equation based coarse-grained simulations. He will coordinate programs across the themes of materials, theory, instrumentation and devices.


Team Index

Paul Mulvaney
Professor

Udo Bach
Professor

Jacek Jasieniak
Associate Professor

Salvy Russo
Professor

Dane McCamey
Associate Professor

Yi-bing Cheng
Professor

Jared Cole
Associate Professor

Alison Funston
Senior Lecturer

Ken Ghiggino
Professor

John Sader
Professor

Timothy Schmidt
Professor

Asaph Widmer-Cooper
Future Fellow

Wallace Wong
Future Fellow

Trevor Smith
Associate Professor

Girish Lakhwani
Lecturer