• Nanomaterials
  • Nanoscience
  • Quantum dots
  • Solar energy conversion
  • Surface and colloid science, advanced materials, nanoscale chemistry and physics, energy conversion and nanomechanics (Quantum size effects, atomic force microscopy, single molecule spectroscopy,semiconductor nanocrystals, plasmonics)



  • Paul Mulvaney is Professor of Chemistry in the School of Chemistry and Bio21 Institute at the University of Melbourne. He received his PhD degree at the University of Melbourne in 1989, working on surface electron transfer reactions with Professor Franz Grieser. He has worked as a research associate at the ANU Applied Maths Department (1988-89) and the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago in 1986-87, 88. He was appointed as a research scientist at the Hahn-Meitner-Institute for Nuclear Research in Berlin from 1989-1992 with Professor Arnim Henglein, where he studied pulse radiolysis and the nucleation of nanocrystals. In 1993 he returned to the University of Melbourne as an ARC QEII Research Fellow, and he accepted a Faculty position in 1997. In 1999, he spent time in Palo Alto with Quantum Dot Corporation. He was a Humboldt Research Fellow in 2000 at the Max-Planck Insitute for Colloids and Surfaces in Golm with Professor Markus Antonietti, and again in 2005 at the CAESAR Nanotechnology Institute in Bonn with Professor Michael Giersig. Between 2006 and 2010 he was an ARC Federation Fellow and from 2011 to 2015, he was an ARC Laureate Fellow. In 2009, Mulvaney was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and in 2014 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK. He currently chairs the National Committee for Chemistry.

    His current interests include the optical properties of single quantum dots, surface plasmon spectroscopy of single metal particles, nanocrystal based electronics, nanomechanics and solar energy conversion. To date he has published some 250 scientific papers averaging around 100 citations per publication. The Nanoscience Laboratory at the University of Melbourne focuses on the chemistry and physics of nanoscale materials, particularly optical properties. The Laboratory has 4 postdoctoral researchers and 12 PhD students and group members come from numerous countries including Brazil, Venezuela, Germany, US, Singapo   


Member of

  • RACI. FRACI, Chair of Colloid and Surface Chemistry Division 1996 - 2008


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • Humboldt Fellowship (2000) - work with M Antonietti and H Mohwald at MPI Potsdam, Germany and M Giersig Hahn-Meitner Institute, Berlin. Humboldt Fellowship (2005) - work with Michael Giesig, CAESAR Nanotechnology Institute, Bonn Grimwade Prize in Chemistry 1998.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1989
  • BSc (hons.), University of Melbourne 1984

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2014
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, 2009
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, 2006
  • Humboldt Scholarship to Caesar nanotechnology Institute Bonn (sabbatical in 2005), Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, 2004
  • Humboldt Scholarship to max-Planck Institute in Potsdam (sabbatical in 2000), Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, 1999
  • University of Melbourne, 1999
  • Grimwade Prize in Chemistry, University of Melbourne, 1998



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • The Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science ( seeks outstanding PhD students across a range of disciplines including chemistry, physics, engineering and materials science. Many projects are multidisciplinary and involve links across several nodes of the Centre. Positions are highly competitive.