Professor Paul Mulvaney

ARC Laureate Professor

Location: Room 287, Bio21 Institute
Address: 2nd Floor North, Bio21 Institute, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia
Phone No: 8344-2429

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  • BSc(Hons), University of Melbourne, 1984
  • PhD, University of Melbourne, 1989
  • Research Scientist, Hahn-Meitner Nuclear Research Institute, Berlin,1989-1992
  • ARC QEII Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, 1993-1996
  • Visiting Scientist Quantum Dot Corporation, CA, 1999
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne, 1997-2000
  • Humboldt Research Fellow, Max-Planck Institute Potsdam, 2000-2001
  • Associate Professor and Reader 2002-2005
  • Professor of Chemistry 2005-

Areas of Interest

Surface and colloid science, advanced materials, nanoscale chemistry and physics, energy conversion and nanomechanics

Redox chemistry, electron transfer, solar energy conversion, nucleation and growth of crystals, double layer theory, diffusion in confined geometries.

Quantum size effects, atomic force microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, single molecule spectroscopy, semiconductor nanocrystals, plasmonics.


Nanoscale Energy Conversion

Our research group (4 postdoctoral researchers, 15 PhD and honours students) is engaged in research on nanomaterials and the use of these materials in various types of energy transfer. We study quantum size effects in semiconductors, plasmonic effects in metal nanocrystals, energy transfer between nanocrystals and molecules, nanoscale mechanics and we try to incorporate these unusual effects in devices such as photovoltaic devices, quantum dot LEDss, plasmonic sensors and single molecule based devices. We also use these nanocrystals as biolabels for studying dynamic processes. in biological systems. A full list of current activities, publications and collaborators is available on our website.


A list of publications produced since 2001 can be viewed at - Find an Expert