Study with Trevor Smith (University of Melbourne) | ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science

Professor Trevor Smith is a spectroscopist in the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne, and a leader of the Ultrafast and Microspectroscopy Laboratories.

A Chief Investigator in Exciton Science, Trevor's 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, nanocrystals and other materials.

Trevor is currently seeking students to conduct projects in:

  • Exciton logic, based on timed multiple ultrafast laser pulse sequences;
  • Alignment of nanorods - microspectroscopic studies of preferentially aligned molecules and nanoparticles;
  • Mechnico-optical piezoelectrics;
  • Time-resolved super-resolution optical microscopy of excitonic materials;
  • Quantum battery - ultrafast laser spectroscopy of polaritonic systems (with James Quach at CSIRO and Exciton Science's James Hutchison).

International Research Training Group

Trevor is also seeking students to participate in joint PhDs between the University of Melbourne and the University of Bayreuth in Germany.

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Trevor (far left) and the members of the Ultrafast and Microspectroscopy Group at the University of Melbourne in 2021.