Nick works with Exciton Science researchers and external stakeholders to strengthen and create collaborative research projects between Exciton Science and industry. He draws on over a decade of experience working as a materials scientist on a wide range of industry-connected research projects, from the development of high-efficiency "quantum dot" LEDs at CSIRO, working with Philips Lighting on lighting phosphors in the Netherlands, and most recently working to create local manufacturing capability for magnetic nanomaterials used in COVID PCR testing.
Nick's responsibilities at Exciton Science include identifying industry partners who will benefit from collaborations with Exciton Science; assisting Centre Investigators to define the scope, funding and structure of the Centre's industry relationships; and managing proof-of-principle and scale-up projects within ACEx. In addition Nick works with the Centre's Chief Operating Officer and Director to develop long-term strategies, with the aim of creating a lasting collaborative network of researchers and industry partners.
Prior to working at Exciton Science, Nick worked a post-doctoral researcher at the Optoelectronic Materials Group at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and before that worked at both CSIRO and Melbourne University for his PhD on the synthesis of semiconductor nanocrystals ("quantum dots") and their application in next-generation LEDs and transistors.
Outside of his work Nick is a keen cyclist and also enjoys hiking, camping, and reading.