Professor Ken Ghiggino

Masson Professor of Chemistry

Location: Room 358, Chemistry East Building, Parkville Campus
Address: School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia
Phone No: 8344-8939

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  • BSc (Hons), PhD, University of NSW, 1969-1976
  • CSIRO and SRC Research Fellow, University of Southampton, UK, 1976-1978
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, University of Melbourne, 1979-1998
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar, University of Arizona, USA, 1988
  • Masson Professor of Chemistry, University of Melbourne, 1998 -

Areas of Interest

Physical Chemistry

  • photochemistry and photophysics

Molecular Design and Synthesis

  • light harvesting polymers
  • photosynthetic mimics, fluorescence probes
  • phototherapy agents

Advanced Materials and Nanoscience

  • organic solar cells, photoactive nano-assemblies

Spectroscopy and Molecular Characterisation

  • single molecule spectroscopy
  • ultrafast laser spectroscopy
  • luminescence spectroscopy


Photochemistry and Laser Spectroscopy

A range of instrumentation and techniques are being used in the research group to investigate light induced processes in molecular systems including synthetic polymers, biological macromolecules and supramolecular assemblies. The results are being used to design novel solar energy collection and conversion devices, develop light responsive nano- and bio- materials and introduce new agents for phototherapy and photoimaging.

Current projects in the research group include the development of light-harvesting polymers and photosynthetic mimics; improving the performance of organic solar cell materials; new environmental fluorescence sensors; single molecule fluorescence measurements and understanding the mode of action of dyes used for cancer phototherapy. These projects are being supported by substantial external funding from the Australian Research Council, CSIRO, commercial companies and government bodies and involve collaboration with a number of local and overseas universities.


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