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Paul Mulvaney

semiconductor nanocrystals
atomic force microscopy
Quantum size effects
single molecule spectroscopy
science & technology
physical sciences
chemistry, physical
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Paul Mulvaney

Primary Interest
Quantum dots
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Paul Mulvaney


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, Singapore and Canada. Current funding comes from the Australian Research Council (ARC), DEST, Humboldt Foundation in Germany, ICI (UK) and the Ludwig Cancer Institute. The NSL collaborates with a number of Australian and international centres including the Technical University and the Frei University (Berlin), CSIRO, CSIC Madrid (Spain), Notre Dame (US), Padua (Italy), University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado and Bayreuth University, Germany

Professor Mulvaney currently serves as an Associate Editor for the journal ACS Nano and is a member of the editorial advisory boards of Advanced Functional Materials, NanoToday, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Langmuir and PCCP. From 2009-2011, he was Chair of the RACI Colloid and Surface Chemistry Division.In 2016, he became Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science.


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Project Types


Research Grant


Research Contracts


Internal Research Grant

Scholarly Works

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Humboldt Scholarship to Caesar nanotechnology Institute Bonn (sabbatical in 2005)

Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung


University of Melbourne


Humboldt Scholarship to max-Planck Institute in Potsdam (sabbatical in 2000)

Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung


Grimwade Prize in Chemistry

University of Melbourne


FRSC - Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry


FAA - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science







Fraci, Chair Of Colloid And Surface Chemistry Division



Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science

University of Melbourne