The ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science delivers innovative solutions to critical energy and security challenges by developing new molecular materials and systems which exploit light in unique ways.
We seek to better understand the fundamental processes that govern light harvesting, energy transfer and conversion in molecular materials.
Building on this increased knowledge, we are developing new and hybrid materials for harnessing and manipulating the full spectrum of light, as well as optical sensing and optical security features.
The Centre will enable Australia to become a significant force in next-generation energy technologies, ranging from full-spectrum photovoltaics to printable electronics.
To achieve our goals, we have partitioned our research into eight platforms across three Themes:
Theme 1: Excitonic Systems for Solar Energy Conversion – build the ultimate light-harvesting system by efficient conversion and transport of excitons.
Theme 2: Control of Excitons – understand and control the four dimensions of an exciton: Energy, Lifetime, Position and Spin/Polarisation to enable over-the-horizon technologies.
Theme 3: Excitonic Systems for Security, Lighting and Sensing – design and create novel excitonic materials and devices that manipulate light for applications in efficient energy use and security.
Our platforms are arranged in a manner that encourages cross-node and cross-disciplinary research. The platforms undergo regular quality improvement processes overseen by the Centre’s Science and Executive committees. The research themes are structured to encompass complimentary theoretical, experimental and practical knowledge and skills.