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High performance semiconducting devices are synthesised chemically from nanomaterial and quantum dot colloids. These nanomaterials have applications in solar cells, batteries, renewable fuels and luminescent solar concentrators.

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Competitive advantage

  • World-record semiconducting quantum dot thin film solar cells using PbS and PbSe
  • Creation of highly fluorescent non-toxic nanoparticles, Zn:CuInS2
  • Vast experience working with and developing:
    • Low cost high efficiency chemically synthesized optoelectronic devices
    • A variety of oxide nanoparticles with good semiconducting properties
    • Tuneable surface chemistries in high performance nanoparticle systems
    • Inorganic Pb-halide perovskite nanoparticles with tuneable fluorescence across the visible spectrum
    • Magnetic nanoparticles, Fe3O4
    • 2D fluorescent and catalytic nanomaterials, MoS2 and WS2


  • Enables extraction of energy from light in easily implementable/scalable ways, to harvest energy in unconventional locations, e.g. windows. Improvements in electrochemical energy storage. Efficient energy extraction from biomass-derived cellulose, making inefficient bioethanol obsolete

Successful applications

  • World leading quantum dot solar cells in PbS and PbSe
  • Highest recorded photoluminescence quantum yield from PbS quantum dots (unpublished)
  • Lab-scale luminescent solar concentrators, with good performance
  • Improved manganese oxide battery electrodes using doped nanoparticles
  • Breakdown of cellulose into value-added products

Capabilities and facilities

  • Chemical synthesis laboratory suitable for the fabrication of high performance colloidal quantum dot and nanoparticle synthesis by hydrothermal and ligand-based methods
  • Fluorometer to measure photoluminescence efficiency across the visible spectrum and into the infra-red (approx. 400-1500 nm)

Our partners

  • ClearVue Pty Ltd, Perth
  • Natcore Inc, NY, USA
  • Jinko Solar, China