Our understanding of how light behaves has grown with the surprising discovery that colours can be seen in a new way. An example of a process called scattering, the effect occurs in some materials when light interference combines with strong electric fields.
Converting sunlight into electricity is now commonplace, with efficient silicon-based solar cells steadily becoming more affordable. But manufacturing them from very pure silicon will always be a relatively slow and energy-intensive process. Alternatives to silicon solar cells are in development which promise to be just as efficient, simpler to manufacture, and cheaper – if they could be produced at commercial scale with improved stability. Dr Asaph Widmer-Cooper from the University of Sydney node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science is studying how these materials are created and break down at the atomic level, to guide efforts to make them commercially viable.
Researchers have demonstrated that certain molecules previously viewed as potentially detrimental to copper electrolyte performance are crucial to suppressing recombination losses and maximising efficiency when harnessed correctly
Australian researchers have demonstrated the strong potential for a new type of flexible, recyclable electrode to be used in creating cheaper solar cells, touchscreens, wearable ‘e-skins’ and next-generation responsive windows.
The University of Melbourne’s Professor Paul Mulvaney, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, has launched a virtual issue of the journal ACS Nano dedicated to nanoscience and nanotechnology research in Melbourne, one of the world’s leading hubs of scientific research and discovery.
Efficient and stable deep-blue, light-emitting optoelectronic devices based on wide bandgap light-emitting conjugated polymers (LCPs) have applications in polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) and polymer lasers.
One of the fundamental mysteries of chemistry has been solved by a collaboration between Exciton Science, UNSW and CSIRO – and the result may have implications for future designs of solar cells, organic light-emitting diodes and other next gen technologies.
Ben Tadgell, a researcher within the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, has been appointed as a STEM Ambassador by Science and Technology Australia, and will be working with Mr Peter Khalil MP, Member for Wills, to bridge the gap between science and government in Australia.
Join Exciton Scence Chief Investigator Dr Wallace Wong, who will present and discuss emerging solar photovoltaic technologies, with a focus on Australian and Victorian research, at the Royal Society of Victoria on Thursday 12 March.
Researchers led by Dr Girish Lakhwani, a chief investigator for the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, have found a way to manipulate light produced by lasers at a lower cost than existing methods.
Congratulations are in order to Dr Chris Hall of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, who has been awarded the Asian Photochemical Association Prize for Young Scientist 2019, as a recognition of his work in photochemistry.
Prof Jared Cole, ACEx Chief Investigator and RMIT professor, is seeking candidates for two research fellow positions. The successful candidates will have research experience in theoretical and/or computational models of excitons or general quantum dynamics. For more informa
We are currently advertising two PhD opportunities in 1) Upconverter Spectroscopy and 2) AFM Based Nanomechnical Sensing. Both positions are based at the University of Melbourne in the School of Chemistry. Go to position descriptions.
The 9th biennial Australian Colloid and Interface Symposium was held in Hobart, from 3 to 7 February 2019. ACEx was a sponsor and a large contingent of Exciton Victorian and NSW researchers, students and staff participated.
We held our Annual Workshop on 24-26 September 2018 in Melbourne. It was a great opportunity to talk about our research, entrepreneurship, patents, unconscious bias, and balancing families and research.
We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Sydney who has recently graduated with a PhD degree, to undertake research in the development of next-generation optoelectronic devices, in particular, organic solar cells.
The University of Melbourne is seeking a Laboratory Manager to lead, supervise and research in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science state of the art laboratory located in the Chemistry Building.
Monash University is currently seeking a Research Fellow to conduct high-quality research in the area of nanoscience, with an emphasis on synthesis, assembly and spectroscopy of nanostructures. Applications close 10 October 2018
Our researchers, Prof Tim Schmidt and his team from UNSW, have collaborated with Ege University researchers to determine the abundance of fat in space, by determining the proportion of grease-like, or aliphatic, molecules in interstellar dust.
Applications are welcomed for a 2-year post-doctoral position in Machine Learning and Computational Materials Discovery of Photovoltaic Materials. The research will be at RMIT University in Melbourne Australia under the direction of Professor Salvy Russo.
The winners of the Inaugural Exciton Science Publications Awards were announced at the Annual Workshop on 12 December 2017. Congratulations to Dr Laszlo Frazer for taking out first prize for the paper on "Endothermic singlet fission is hindered by excimer formation".
Dr Wallace Wong joins the Australian security conversation on behalf of the Centre to discuss the research drivers, challenges and opportunities of energy storage at the Emerging Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium.
Centre directors Professors Udo Bach and Paul Mulvaney gave presentations at the very successful ISECSM 2017 symposium on 31 July - 3 August in Brisbane, organised by Professor Lianzhou Wang and colleagues.
The American Chemical Society held an ACS on Campus event in for academics and students in Melbourne on 21 July. Presentations gave insights into the publishing industry and careers in chemistry careers. In the afternoon a poster session was held.
In this article, Prof Paul Mulvaney and Prof Ken Ghiggino speak about the new Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, and how their work could help us drastically reduce the energy and environmental cost of lighting.
The ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science was proud to be a sponsor of the National Science Quiz in Melbourne on Sunday 18 June 2017. The quiz featured live demonstrations and curiosity-provoking questions in 90 minutes of science, maths and laughs.
Congratulations to Professor Ken Ghiggino, one of our Chief Investigators, for our first ARC Centre of Excellence in Excition Science publication. Ken was a co-author of the following peer reviewed article:
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