Dr Nicholas Kirkwood | ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science

Dr Nicholas Kirkwood

Science and Industry Liaison Manager

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.

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. Correction to “On the Colloidal Stability of Apolar Nanoparticles: The Role of Ligand Length”. Langmuir 2020, 36 (36), 10892 - 10893 DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c02478. doi: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c02478
Monego, D.; Kister, T.; Kirkwood, N.; Doblas, D.; Mulvaney, P.; Kraus, T.; Widmer-Cooper, A. When Like Destabilizes Like: Inverted Solvent Effects in Apolar Nanoparticle Dispersions. ACS Nano 2020, 14 (5), 5278 - 5287 DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b03552. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.9b03552
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
Gajic, M.; Lisi, F.; Kirkwood, N.; Smith, T. A.; Mulvaney, P.; Rosengarten, G. Circular luminescent solar concentrators. Solar Energy 2017, 150, 30 - 37 DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2017.04.034. doi: 10.1016/j.solener.2017.04.034