Dr Alison M. Funston | ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science

Funston's research within the Centre explores 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.

PhD, The University of Melbourne, 2002
Centre Research Themes: 
2. Control of Excitons


Journal Articles
Lermusiaux, L.; Nisar, A.; Funston, A. M. Flexible synthesis of high-purity plasmonic assemblies. Nano Research 2021 DOI: 10.1007/s12274-020-3084-2. doi: 10.1007/s12274-020-3084-2
Pal, R.; Bourgeois, L.; Weyland, M.; Sikder, A. K.; Saito, K.; Funston, A. M.; Bellare, J. R. Chemical fingerprinting of polyvinyl acetate and polycarbonate using electron energy-loss spectroscopy. Polymer Chemistry 2020, 11 (34), 5484 - 5492 DOI: 10.1039/D0PY00771D. doi: 10.1039/D0PY00771D
Fürer, S. O.; Milhuisen, R. A.; Kashif, M. K.; Raga, S. R.; Acharya, S. S.; Forsyth, C.; Liu, M.; Frazer, L.; Duffy, N. W.; C. Ohlin, A.; et al. The Performance‐Determining Role of Lewis Bases in Dye‐Sensitized Solar Cells Employing Copper‐Bisphenanthroline Redox Mediators. Advanced Energy Materials 2020, 10 (37), 2002067 DOI: 10.1002/aenm.v10.37,10.1002/aenm.202002067. doi: 10.1002/aenm.v10.37,10.1002/aenm.202002067
Frazer, L.; Higginbotham, H. F.; Bell, T. D. M.; Funston, A. M. “It’s Fundamental”: Quantum Dot Blinking Experiment to Teach Critical Thinking. Journal of Chemical Education 2020, 97 (1), 244 - 252 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b00679. doi: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b00679
Wang, C.; Chesman, A. S. R.; Yin, W.; Frazer, L.; Funston, A. M.; Jasieniak, J. J. Facile purification of CsPbX3 (X = Cl, Br, I) perovskite nanocrystals. The Journal of Chemical Physics 2019, 151 (12), 121105 DOI: 10.1063/1.5123306. doi: 10.1063/1.5123306
Kumar, J.; Wei, X.; Barrow, S. J.; Funston, A. M.; K. Thomas, G.; Mulvaney, P. Coupled Plasmon Resonances and Gap Modes in Laterally Assembled Gold Nanorod Arrays. Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie 2018, 232 (9-11), 1607 - 1617 DOI: 10.1515/zpch-2018-1163. doi: 10.1515/zpch-2018-1163
Mayevsky, A. D.; Funston, A. M. Control of Electric Field Localization by Three-Dimensional Bowtie Nanoantennae. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2018, 122 (31), 18012 - 18020 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b05805. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b05805
Mayevsky, A. D.; Davis, T. J.; Ballard, P. M.; Henderson, C. A.; Funston, A. M. Mesoscale surface plasmons: modelling and imaging using near-field scanning optical microscopy. Optics Express 2018, 26 (18), 23426-23435 DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.023426. doi: 10.1364/OE.26.023426
Tong, W.; Katz-Boon, H.; Walsh, M. J.; Weyland, M.; Etheridge, J.; Funston, A. M. The evolution of size, shape, and surface morphology of gold nanorods. Chemical Communications 2018, 54 (24), 3022 - 3025 DOI: 10.1039/C7CC08336J. doi: 10.1039/C7CC08336J
Lermusiaux, L.; Funston, A. M. Plasmonic isomers via DNA-based self-assembly of gold nanoparticles. Nanoscale 2018, 10 (41), 19557 - 19567 DOI: 10.1039/C8NR05509B. doi: 10.1039/C8NR05509B
Zhu, Y.; Nakashima, P. N. H.; Funston, A. M.; Bourgeois, L.; Etheridge, J. Topologically Enclosed Aluminum Voids as Plasmonic Nanostructures. ACS Nano 2017, 11 (11), 11383 - 11392 DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b05944. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.7b05944
Walsh, M. J.; Tong, W.; Katz-Boon, H.; Mulvaney, P.; Etheridge, J.; Funston, A. M. A Mechanism for Symmetry Breaking and Shape Control in Single-Crystal Gold Nanorods. Accounts of Chemical Research 2017, 50 (12), 2925 - 2935 DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00313. doi: 10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00313
Tong, W.; Walsh, M. J.; Mulvaney, P.; Etheridge, J.; Funston, A. M. Control of Symmetry Breaking Size and Aspect Ratio in Gold Nanorods: Underlying Role of Silver Nitrate. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2017, 121 (6), 3549 - 3559 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b10343. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b10343
Pal, R.; Sikder, A. K.; Saito, K.; Funston, A. M.; Bellare, J. R. Electron energy loss spectroscopy for polymers: a review. Polymer Chemistry 2017, 8 (45), 6927 - 6937 DOI: 10.1039/C7PY01459G. doi: 10.1039/C7PY01459G