The University of Melbourne, Austrálie

Specialization: Nanocrystals and Nanomechanics

Paul Mulvaney is an ARC Laureate Fellow and 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 with Dr Dani Meisel. 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.

His current reserch interests includethe optical properties of single quantum dots, surface plasmon spectroscopy of single metal particles, nanocrystal based electronics, nanomechanics and solar energy conversion.  He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2009 and is immediate past president of the Colloid and Surface Chemistry Division of the RACI.

Publication activity:To date he has published some 230 scientific papers averaging around 65 citations per publication. His h-index is currently 63. Complete publications are available at the website:

Paul has 5 patents in the field of nanoparticles that are commercially licensed and is a member of the Editorial Boards of: Nanotoday, Small, Advanced Functional Materials, Langmuir, and the Royal Society Journals PCCP & The Journal of Materials Chemistry.

The Nanoscience Laboratory at the University of Melbourne led by P. Mulvaney focuses on the chemistry and physics of nanoscale materials, particularly optical properties. The Laboratory has 6 postdoctoral researchers and 15 PhD students and group members come from numerous countries including Brazil, France, Germany, China, US, Singapore and Canada. Current funding comes from the Australian Research Council (ARC), DEST, Humboldt Foundation in Germany, ICI (UK) and the Australian Academy of Science. The NSL collaborates with a number of Australian and international centres including the Helmholtz Institute for Materials and Energy (Berlin), ARC Centre for Quantum Computing, CSIRO, University of Vigo (Spain), Notre Dame (US), Padua (Italy) and Max-Planck Institute Potsdam.

At the NANOCON´12 conference prof. Paul Mulvaney will present theplenary lecture.