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Congratulations Emily on submission and successful defense of your honours thesis! An excellent honours year.

We recently attended the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Sciences' annual workshop in Lorne (by the beach)! It was a great event, with great science discussions and a chance to relax after a hectic year! more

Congratulations Anchal on publication of your recent manuscript on synthesis of metal-semiconductor hybrid nanoparticles. An important work showing generalisation of methods to form either core-shell metal@semiconductor nanoparticles or Janus nanoparticles via the simple substitution of precursor counterion! Excellent work, well done. (Chem. Mater. 2022) more

The time has come! We have unpacked it and are now eagerly awaiting installation of our new glovebox!

Well done Hanchen upon the completion of your PhD!

Congratulations Anum upon the completion of your PhD! A thesis outining many, many results on the self-assembly and spectroscopy of assemblies of nanoparticles. Excellent work, well done.

We welcome Elizabeth to the group as a postdoctoral fellow!

Welcome to the group Imali for your PhD, and congratulations upon being awarded a scholarship - well done!

Announcing our first publication with the fantastic Cole theory group at RMIT! Well done Anum, Harini and Laurent on publication of your paper showing high purity self-assembly and spectroscopy of metal-semiconductor dimers and core-satellites, with some surprising results explained! (ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 2022)

more Looking forward to more joint publications!

Well done Weilun, Simon and Anchal on publication of your the paper on twinning in nanocubes. Beautiful and high-quality TEM images showing a new way to synthetically control the final morphology of gold nanoparticles. (Chem. Mater. 2021)


Congratulations Laszlo and our international collaborators on the direct detection of quasi-periodic light! Published in (Opt. Lett. 2022). more

Thank-you for your work Laurent on our book chapter in the now published series "World Scientific Reference on Plasmonic Nanomaterials. Principles, Design and Bio-applications." The chapter, "DNA-based Self-Assembly", provides a comprehensive description of the areas of DNA-based self-assembly of metal nanoparticles along with how our understanding of the coupling of metal nanocrystals has been progressed using these assembly methods. Well done!


A team effort and collaboration across The ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science to report on the use of Lewis Bases for Solar Cells! (Adv. Energy. Mat. 2020). more

Research publication highlighted in Chemistry and Engineering News.... more