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An image of a roll to roll device for printing perovskite solar cell materials
8 Oct 2020

Capturing sunlight with supercomputing

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.

Members of the Nanoscience Lab at the University of Melbourne's School of Chemistry pose for a picture wearing white lab coats and clear plastic safety goggles
10 Sep 2020

R U OK? Day

Thursday 10 September, is R U OK? Day. In Australia, it’s a national day of action when we remind one another that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?”.

Banner Grease Molecule
28 Jun 2018

Grease in Space

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.

9 Aug 2017


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.

2 Aug 2017

ACS on Campus, Melbourne

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.

31 Jul 2017

ICONN 2018

ICONN (the International Conference On Nanoscience and Nanotechnology) will be held in Wollongong, New South Wales, from 29 January - 2 February 2018.

23 Jun 2017

National Science Quiz

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.