Prof. Paul Mulvaney | ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science

Professor Paul Mulvaney FAA FRSC is a materials chemist who focusses on the use of semiconductor nanocrystals as excitonic materials for solar energy conversion, sensors and security labelling. He is interested in exciton transport in nanocrystal systems and self-assembly of nanocrystals.

PhD, University of Melbourne, 1989
BSc (hons.), University of Melbourne, 1984
Centre Research: 

Mulvaney's group is developing new semiconductor nanocrystals for use in luminescent solar concentrators (Platform 1.1) and printable photovoltaics (Platform 1.2). He is also doing basic studies into nanocrystal self-assembly (Platform 2.3) and single QD spectroscopy (Platform 2.3). He works closely with DST on fluorescence based sensors (Platform 3.1), QD LEDs with CSIRO (Platform 3.2) and RBA on new security features for polymer banknotes (Platform 3.3).

Centre Research Themes: 
3. Excitonic Systems for Security, Lighting and Sensing
Summary of any other of your centre responsibilities: 

Chair, Executive Committee


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.
Conference Proceedings
Shahidan, M. Faris Shah; .Song, J.; James, T. D.; Mulvaney, P.; Roberts, A. Scalable and consistent fabrication of plasmonic colors via nanoimprint lithography. SPIE Micro + Nano Materials, Devices, and Applications , 2019, 11201, 112011J.
Journal Articles
Mulvaney, P.; Ashokan, A. Spectroelectrochemistry of Colloidal CdSe Quantum Dots. Chemistry of Materials 2021, 33 (4), 1353–1362 DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.0c04416. doi: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.0c04416
Yin, W.; Li, H.; Chesman, A. S. R.; Tadgell, B.; Scully, A. D.; Wang, M.; Huang, W.; McNeill, C. R.; Wong, W.; Medhekar, N. V.; et al. Detection of Halomethanes Using Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals. ACS Nano 2021, 15 (1), 1454–1464 DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.0c08794. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.0c08794
Zhang, H.; Liu, Y.; Shahidan, M. Faris Shah; Kinnear, C.; Maasoumi, F.; Cadusch, J.; Akinoglu, E. Metin; James, T. D.; Widmer-Cooper, A.; Roberts, A.; et al. Direct Assembly of Vertically Oriented, Gold Nanorod Arrays. Advanced Functional Materials 2021, 31 (6), 2006753 DOI: 10.1002/adfm.202006753. doi: 10.1002/adfm.202006753
Zhang, H.; Kinnear, C.; Mulvaney, P. Fabrication of Single-Nanocrystal Arrays . Advanced Materials 2020, 32 (18), 1904551 DOI: 10.1002/adma.v32.18,10.1002/adma.202070143. doi: 10.1002/adma.v32.18,10.1002/adma.202070143
Brasse, Y.; Ng, C.; Magnozzi, M.; Zhang, H.; Mulvaney, P.; Fery, A.; Gómez, D. E. A Tunable Polymer–Metal Based Anti‐Reflective Metasurface. Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2020, 41 (1), 1900415 DOI: 10.1002/marc.201900415. doi: 10.1002/marc.201900415
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
Wang, J.; Le‐The, H.; Shui, L.; Bomer, J. G.; Jin, M.; Zhou, G.; Mulvaney, P.; Pinkse, P. W. H.; Berg, A.; Segerink, L. I.; et al. Multilevel Spherical Photonic Crystals with Controllable Structures and Structure‐Enhanced Functionalities. Advanced Optical Materials 2020, 8 (10), 1902164 DOI: 10.1002/adom.201902164. doi: 10.1002/adom.201902164
Zhang, B.; Yang, H.; Warner, T.; Mulvaney, P.; Rosengarten, G.; Wong, W.; Ghiggino, K. P. A luminescent solar concentrator ray tracing simulator with a graphical user interface: features and applications. Methods and Applications in Fluorescence 2020, 8 (3), 037001 DOI: 10.1088/2050-6120/ab993d. doi: 10.1088/2050-6120/ab993d
Yang, H.; Akinoglu, E. Metin; Guo, L.; Jin, M.; Zhou, G.; Giersig, M.; Shui, L.; Mulvaney, P. A PTFE helical capillary microreactor for the high throughput synthesis of monodisperse silica particles. Chemical Engineering Journal 2020, 401, 126063 DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2020.126063. doi: 10.1016/j.cej.2020.126063
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
Martín-Sánchez, C.; Sánchez-Iglesias, A.; Mulvaney, P.; Liz-Marzán, L. M.; Rodríguez, F. Plasmonic Sensing of Refractive Index and Density in Methanol–Ethanol Mixtures at High PressurePlasmonic Sensing of Refractive Index and Density in MethanolEthanol Mixtures at High Pressure. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2020, 124 (16), 8978 - 8983 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c01419,10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c01419.s001. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c01419,10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c01419.s001
Ponomareva, E.; Volk, K.; Mulvaney, P.; Karg, M. Surface Lattice Resonances in Self-Assembled Gold Nanoparticle Arrays: Impact of Lattice Period, Structural Disorder, and Refractive Index on Resonance Quality. Langmuir 2020, 36 (45), 13601 - 13612 DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c02430,10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c02430.s001,10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c02430.s002. doi: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c02430,10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c02430.s001,10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c02430.s002
Akinoglu, E. Metin; Song, J.; Kinnear, C.; Xue, Y.; Zhang, H.; Roberts, A.; Köhler, J.; Mulvaney, P. Concealed Structural Colors Uncovered by Light Scattering. Advanced Optical Materials 2020, 8 (22), 2001307 DOI: 10.1002/adom.202001307. doi: 10.1002/adom.202001307
Seibt, S.; Mulvaney, P.; Förster, S. Millisecond CdS nanocrystal nucleation and growth studied by microfluidics with in-situ spectroscopy. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 2019, 562, 263-269 DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2018.10.043. doi: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2018.10.043
Lu, J.; Liu, S.; Collins, S. S. E.; Tang, L.; Wei, X.; Mulvaney, P. Fabrication of a Three-Dimensional Plasmon Ruler Using an Atomic Force Microscope. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2019, 123 (32), 19871 - 19878 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b05360. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b05360
Blauth, C.; Mulvaney, P.; Hirai, T. Negative capacitance as a diagnostic tool for recombination in purple quantum dot LEDs. Journal of Applied Physics 2019, 125 (19), 195501 DOI: 10.1063/1.5088177. doi: 10.1063/1.5088177
Zhang, H.; Kinnear, C.; Mulvaney, P. Fabrication of Single‐Nanocrystal Arrays. Advanced Materials 2019, 1904551 DOI: 10.1002/adma.201904551. doi: 10.1002/adma.201904551
Zhao, S.; Caruso, F.; Dähne, L.; Decher, G.; De Geest, B. G.; Fan, J.; Feliu, N.; Gogotsi, Y.; Hammond, P. T.; Hersam, M. C.; et al. The Future of Layer-by-Layer Assembly: A Tribute to ACS Nano Associate Editor Helmuth Möhwald. ACS Nano 2019, 13 (6), 6151-6169 DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b03326. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.9b03326
Ritchie, C.; Chesman, A. S. R.; Jasieniak, J. J.; Mulvaney, P. Aqueous Synthesis of Cu2ZnSnSe4 Nanocrystals. Chemistry of Materials 2019, 31 (6), 2138-2150 DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.9b00100. doi: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.9b00100
Blauth, C.; Mulvaney, P.; Hirai, T. Ligand memory effect in purple quantum dot LEDs. Applied Physics Letters 2019, 115 (17), 173505 DOI: 10.1063/1.5123635. doi: 10.1063/1.5123635
Sindram, J.; Volk, K.; Mulvaney, P.; Karg, M. Silver Nanoparticle Gradient Arrays: Fluorescence Enhancement of Organic Dyes. Langmuir 2019, 35 (26), 8776 - 8783 DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b01027. doi: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b01027
Blauth, C.; Mulvaney, P.; Hirai, T. Transient overshoot and storage of charge carriers on ligands in quantum dot LEDs. Journal of Applied Physics 2019, 126 (7), 075501 DOI: 10.1063/1.5100195. doi: 10.1063/1.5100195
Martín-Sánchez, C.; González-Rubio, G.; Mulvaney, P.; Guerrero-Martínez, A.; Liz-Marzán, L. M.; Rodríguez, F. Monodisperse Gold Nanorods for High-Pressure Refractive Index Sensing. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2019, 10 (7), 1587 - 1593 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b00636. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b00636
Dong, Y.; Akinoglu, E. Metin; Zhang, H.; Maasoumi, F.; Zhou, J.; Mulvaney, P. An Optically Responsive Soft Etalon Based on Ultrathin Cellulose Hydrogels. Advanced Functional Materials 2019, 29 (40), 1904290 DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201904290. doi: 10.1002/adfm.201904290
Jain, G.; Ahnood, A.; Chanaewa, A.; Fox, K.; Mulvaney, P. The role of CdCl2 treatments and annealing in the formation of sintered CdTe nanocrystal solar cells. Physics Letters A 2019, 383 (11), 1199-1202 DOI: 10.1016/j.physleta.2019.01.007. doi: 10.1016/j.physleta.2019.01.007
Millstone, J. E.; Chan, W. C. W.; Kagan, C. R.; Liz-Marzán, L. M.; Kotov, N. A.; Mulvaney, P.; Parak, W. J.; Rogach, A. L.; Weiss, P. S.; Schaak, R. E. Redefining the Experimental and Methods Sections. ACS Nano 2019, 13 (5), 4862 - 4864 DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b03753. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.9b03753
Martín-Sánchez, C.; Barreda-Argüeso, J. Antonio; Seibt, S.; Mulvaney, P.; Rodríguez, F. Effects of Hydrostatic Pressure on the Surface Plasmon Resonance of Gold Nanocrystals. ACS Nano 2019, 13 (1), 498 - 504 DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b07104. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.8b07104
Zhang, B.; Zhao, P.; Wilson, L. J.; Subbiah, J.; Yang, H.; Mulvaney, P.; Jones, D. J.; Ghiggino, K. P.; Wong, W. High-Performance Large-Area Luminescence Solar Concentrator Incorporating a Donor–Emitter Fluorophore System. ACS Energy Letters 2019, 4 (8), 1839 - 1844 DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.9b01224. doi: 10.1021/acsenergylett.9b01224
Kister, T.; Monego, D.; Mulvaney, P.; Widmer-Cooper, A.; Kraus, T. Colloidal Stability of Apolar Nanoparticles: The Role of Particle Size and Ligand Shell Structure. ACS Nano 2018, 12 (6), 5969 - 5977 DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b02202. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.8b02202
Pearson, J.; Nguyen, T. Lam; Cölfen, H.; Mulvaney, P. Sedimentation of C 60 and C 70 : Testing the Limits of Stokes’ Law. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2018, 9 (21), 6345 - 6349 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b02703. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b02703
Pastoriza-Santos, I.; Kinnear, C.; Pérez-Juste, J.; Mulvaney, P.; Liz-Marzán, L. M. Plasmonic polymer nanocomposites. Nature Reviews Materials 2018, 3 (10), 375 - 391 DOI: 10.1038/s41578-018-0050-7. doi: 10.1038/s41578-018-0050-7
Kinnear, C.; Cadusch, J.; Zhang, H.; Lu, J.; James, T. D.; Roberts, A.; Mulvaney, P. Directed Chemical Assembly of Single and Clustered Nanoparticles with Silanized Templates. Langmuir 2018, 34 (25), 7355 - 7363 DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b00775. doi: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b00775
Zhang, H.; Cadusch, J.; Kinnear, C.; James, T. D.; Roberts, A.; Mulvaney, P. Direct Assembly of Large Area Nanoparticle Arrays. ACS Nano 2018, 12 (8), 7529 - 7537 DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b02932. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.8b02932
Kirchner, S. R.; Smith, K. W.; Hoener, B. S.; Collins, S. S. E.; Wang, W.; Cai, Y. - Y.; Kinnear, C.; Zhang, H.; Chang, W. - S.; Mulvaney, P.; et al. Snapshot Hyperspectral Imaging (SHI) for Revealing Irreversible and Heterogeneous Plasmonic Processes. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2018, 122 (12), 6865 - 6875 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b01398. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b01398
Ritchie, C.; Chesman, A. S. R.; Styles, M.; Jasieniak, J. J.; Mulvaney, P. Aqueous Synthesis of High-Quality Cu 2 ZnSnS 4 Nanocrystals and Their Thermal Annealing Characteristics. Langmuir 2018, 34 (4), 1655 - 1665 DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b03885. doi: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b03885
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
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
Chan, W. C. W.; Chhowalla, M.; Farokhzad, O.; Glotzer, S.; Gogotsi, Y.; Hammond, P. T.; Hersam, M. C.; Javey, A.; Kagan, C. R.; Kataoka, K.; et al. The 15th Anniversary of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative. ACS Nano 2018, 12 (11), 10567 - 10569 DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b08676. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.8b08676
Ryan, R. G.; Stacey, A.; O’Donnell, K. M.; Ohshima, T.; Johnson, B. C.; Hollenberg, L. C. L.; Mulvaney, P.; Simpson, D. A. Impact of Surface Functionalization on the Quantum Coherence of Nitrogen-Vacancy Centers in Nanodiamonds. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2018, 10 (15), 13143 - 13149 DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b19238. doi: 10.1021/acsami.7b19238
Yuan, G.; Ritchie, C.; Ritter, M.; Murphy, S.; Gómez, D. E.; Mulvaney, P. The Degradation and Blinking of Single CsPbI 3 Perovskite Quantum Dots. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2018, 122 (25), 13407 - 13415 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b11168. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b11168
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
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
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
Pelaz, B.; Alexiou, C.; Alvarez-Puebla, R. A.; Alves, F.; Andrews, A. M.; Ashraf, S.; Balogh, L. P.; Ballerini, L.; Bestetti, A.; Brendel, C.; et al. Diverse Applications of Nanomedicine. ACS Nano 2017, 11 (3), 2313 - 2381 DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b06040. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.6b06040
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
Kawawaki, T.; Zhang, H.; Nishi, H.; Mulvaney, P.; Tatsuma, T. Potential-Scanning Localized Plasmon Sensing with Single and Coupled Gold Nanorods. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2017, 8 (15), 3637 - 3641 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01620. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01620
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
Mulvaney, P. Melbourne—Australia’s Science City; ACS Nano; 2020; pp 5153–5156. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.0c04003
Tadgell, B.; Akinoglu, E. Metin; Mulvaney, P.; Quinn, M. Controlling the Swelling of Polymer Coated Gold Nanoparticles; Agilent Application Note; Agilent Technologies, Inc: USA, 2019.