Dr Nicholas Kirkwood | ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science

Dr Nicholas Kirkwood

Laboratory Manager

Nicholas Kirkwood (Nick) is a materials chemist with expertise in the synthesis, characterisation and application of colloidal nanomaterials. More broadly he is passionate about using the science of excitons and nanomaterials to help drive a global transition to a carbon neutral economy. Nick's role within the Exciton Science Centre is to manage student projects and lab safety within the Nanoscience laboratory at the University of Melbourne, develop and maintain collaborative projects within and outside of the Exciton Science Centre, and to undertake sample fabrication and proof-of-principle research for collaborations and industry partners. 

Prior to working at Exciton Science, Nick worked for two years as a post-doctoral researcher at the Optolelectronic Materials Group at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands (2016-2018). During this time he developed non-toxic nanomaterials for lighting and solar energy applications, and was involved in working on and building collaborative projects with industry in the Netherlands. Before this, Nick worked at both CSIRO and Melbourne University to complete his PhD on the synthesis of semiconductor nanocrystals ("quantum dots") and their application in LEDs (2012-2016).

Outside of his work Nick is a keen cyclist and also enjoys hiking, camping, and reading, as well as using his chemistry skills to brew beer and make bread.

PhD Chemistry, University of Melbourne (2016)
MSc Chemistry, University of Melbourne (2012)
BSc Chemistry, University of Melbourne (2010)
Centre Research Themes: 
1. Excitonic Systems for Solar Energy Conversion
3. Excitonic Systems for Security, Lighting and Sensing


Conference Papers
Warner, T.; Kirkwood, N.; Yang, H.; Wu, N.; Mulvaney, P.; Rosengarten, G. Reducing Quantum Dot Aggregation in Luminescent Solar Concentrators. In Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference; Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference; Australian PV Institute: The Canberra Rex Hotel, 2019.
Journal Articles
Monego, D.; Kister, T.; Kirkwood, N.; Mulvaney, P.; Widmer-Cooper, A.; Kraus, T. Colloidal Stability of Apolar Nanoparticles: Role of Ligand Length. Langmuir 2018, 34 (43), 12982 - 12989 DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b02883. doi: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b02883
Yuan, G.; Gómez, D. E.; Kirkwood, N.; Mulvaney, P. Tuning Single Quantum Dot Emission with a Micromirror. Nano Letters 2018, 18 (2), 1010 - 1017 DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b04482. doi: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b04482
Yuan, G.; Gómez, D. E.; Kirkwood, N.; Boldt, K.; Mulvaney, P. Two Mechanisms Determine Quantum Dot Blinking. ACS Nano 2018, 12 (4), 3397 - 3405 DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b09052. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.7b09052