Achieving photochemical upconversion in a solid state is a step closer to reality, thanks to a new technique that could unlock vital innovations in renewable energy, water purification and advanced healthcare.
Australian researchers have taken the first steps to creating ultrafast computing devices smaller than a nanometre by studying the behaviour of perylene as a candidate molecule for excitonic logic operations.
A new facility capable of completing years of painstaking research in a matter of weeks with more accuracy than ever before is set to transform the development of next-generation solar cells and hydrogen catalysts.
A step-change in the field of imaging applications could be on the horizon after Exciton Science researchers demonstrated a route to multi-energy X-ray detection with significantly enhanced flexibility and sensitivity.
Exciton Science researchers based at Monash University have demonstrated a mechanism for reducing parasitic light absorption and improving the efficiency of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with back contact architecture.
Researchers in Australia and China have increased the power-conversion efficiency of thin film solar cells by 20% through the introduction of a temporary protective layer which improves crystallinity within the device.
A new pathway to creating durable, efficient perovskite photovoltaics at industrial scale has been demonstrated through the first effective use of lead acetate as a precursor in making formamidinium-caesium perovskite solar cells.
Exciton Science researchers have opened a pathway to enhanced sensitivity and greater efficiency across a range of emerging quantum technologies, by developing the first general theory to explain and predict nitrogen vacancy-plasmonic nanoparticle interactions in diamond.
Researchers at Oxford University and Exciton Science have demonstrated a new way to create stable perovskite solar cells, with fewer structural and energetic defects and the potential to finally rival silicon’s durability.
Machine learning informed by a new set of digital attributes will help materials scientists to discover key information without a supercomputer, boosting research ranging from solar energy to green hydrogen.
The ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science and the University of Bayreuth will jointly host a new International Research Training Group (IRTG) aimed at enhancing the functionality of semiconductors.
Using a new low-cost, scalable fabrication method called microsphere lithography, researchers at the Exciton Science, in collaboration with colleagues at CSIRO and MCN, have discovered a new way to fabricate thinner, cheaper, and more efficient solar cells.
Exciton Science Associate Investigator Dr Liam Hall and Partner Investigator Dr Anthony Chesman of CSIRO have been awarded a prestigious National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grant by the Australian Government’s Department of Defence.
World-class solar energy research in Australia has received a major boost, with the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) being granted $45 million by the Australian Government to continue operations until at least 2030.
Researchers in Australia have been able to use trace amounts of liquid platinum to create cheap and highly efficient chemical reactions at low temperatures, opening a pathway to dramatic emissions reductions in crucial industries.
The emerging technology that will allow skyscrapers to generate their own power has taken another step forward, with researchers in Australia increasing the energy efficiency and stability of ‘solar windows’ relative to visible transmittance of light.
In Exciton Science, we know that science - and specifically spectroscopy - is the specialty of Dr Jessica Alves, who it seems was destined to work in a laboratory after getting a taste for knowledge discovery just weeks into her Bachelor’s degree.
Exciton Science Associate Investigators Anita Ho-Baillie, Nicholas Ekins-Daukes and Joanne Etheridge were among the successful applicants to be awarded Australian Research Council Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grants in December 2021.
Exciton Science Chief Investigator Tim Schmidt and his collaborators used a vacuum chamber, a lot of lasers, and one powerful cosmic reaction to work out why the head of a comet can be green, but never its tail.
The ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science is proud to announce that Associate Investigator Anita Ho-Ballie has been named on the annual Highly Cited Researchers™ list from Clarivate for the third year in succession.
Researchers in Australia and China have found a cheaper, easier way to organise large groups of carbon nanotubes, potentially opening up many new avenues for their use by more scientists around the world.
The ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science congratulates Associate Investigator Anita Ho-Baillie on being named Australia’s leading researcher in the field of Sustainable Energy by The Australian newspaper.
Next-generation laser technology offers the promise of cheaper devices that require less energy to run. Now, this technology is a step closer to being developed, following the latest research published by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science.
Achieving photochemical upconversion could dramatically boost solar energy efficiency, but practical implementation of the technique will require a molecule that remains excited for long enough to get the job done.
For the first time, Australian researchers will be able to resolve fast changes in molecular structure during photochemical reactions after the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science received funding to establish a world-class laser spectroscopy facility.
In an indication of its commitment to ending this gender imbalance, the United Nations has declared February 11 to be International Day of Women and Girls in Science. At the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, we share this commitment.
A once-in-a-lifetime school trip to the other side of the world set Alison Campbell firmly on the path to studying a PhD in chemistry, and the University of Sydney student is determined to use the knowledge she gains to become a force for good.
Exciton Science’s Dr Wenping Yin has been featured in an article produced by Futurum, a magazine and online platform aimed at inspiring young people to follow a career in the sciences, research and technology.
Members of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Exciton Science are among the recipients of an ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grant to develop significant new molecular and nanoscale materials research capability at the University of Melbourne.
You won’t see Roberto Muñoz wearing a stethoscope when he completes his doctorate. But for the Monash University PhD candidate, there are surprising parallels between an MD and his own work applying information theory techniques to enhance our understanding of quantum dots.
Exciton Science Chief Investigators Jacek Jasieniak, Udo Bach and Trevor Smith are set to embark on exciting new projects aimed at rapidly accelerating the pace of solar photovoltaics materials discovery.
Professor Dr. Anna Köhler, experimental physicist at the University of Bayreuth and an Associate Investigator with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, has been awarded the Max Born Prize 2020 by the German Physical Society (DPG) and the British Institute of Physics (IOP).
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.
Dr Asaph Widmer-Cooper of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science is studying how new photovoltaics materials are created and how they 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.
Working as a Chief Investigator for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science is the perfect opportunity for theoretical physicist Jared Cole to combine his passion for computing with a strong desire to address the challenges facing the world in the 21st century.
The education and career of Dr Wallace Wong, a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, has taken him from a childhood love for invertebrates to world-class expertise in synthetic, organic chemistry via Oxford and Zürich.
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:
Exciton Science recognises the richness diversity brings and we pride ourselves on attempting to foster and promote a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment free from discrimination, harassment, vilification, or victimisation based on sexual orientation, sexuality, or gender identity.
The ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters on which we work. We acknowledge the scientific achievements of Traditional Custodians. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present, and emerging.