Alison Funston

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19992019
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For more information see: Nanoscale Spectroscopy Laboratory (Funston Group) Site

We carry out research into fundamental aspects of energy and electron transfer in nanoscale systems. The systems include nanocrystals of metal and semiconductor quantum dots (QDs), discrete assemblies of nanocrystals, metal nanowires and nanoplates, conjugated polymers, and donor-acceptor systems. We investigate the optical properties of these both at the ensemble and single nanocrystal/assembly level. 

Our research group is part of the newly formed ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science. The primary mission of the centre is to manipulate the way light energy is absorbed, transported and transformed in advanced materials. The materials have application in solar energy conversion, lighting and security.

Our research interests can be grouped into the following areas:

  • Nanocrystal Growth

The synthesis of nanocrystals with high uniformity in both shape and size is a key challenge. Many synthesis of nanocrystals with different morphologies have been achieved. The mechanism of some of these is not fully understood. We focus on understanding the fundamental mechanisms for nanocrystal growth, with a particular interest in the driving forces for the formation of asymmetry in nanocrystals.

  • Self-Assembly of Discrete Nanocrystal Superstructures

The interaction of two or more nanocrystals with each other can lead to dramatic changes in their optical properties. To exploit these effects, assembly of discrete nanocrystal superstructures is required. Our research in this area aims to perform flexible self-assembly methods for discrete nanocrystal superstructures displaying unique optical properties with high control and purity.

  • Interaction of Nanoscale Systems with Light (Spectroscopy)

We investigate the optical properties of nanoscale systems which display unique optical properties with high spatial resolution (single nanocrystals and nanocrystal assemblies, sub-diffraction imaging) as well as high temporal resolution (picosecond time regime) techniques.

The results of our research has application in energy harvesting for solar energy, smart optical films, sensoring, security and functional optoelectronics.

Our research (and group) is multidisciplinary with a focus within chemistry.

More information about our research and collaborators is found on the Research page while our publications can be found on the Publications page.

Biography

Dr Alison Funston is a chief investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science and lecturer in the School of Chemistry at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She received her PhD from The University of Melbourne in 2002, followed by postdoctoral appointments at Brookhaven National Laboratory (with Dr John Miller, 2002-2005) and The University of Melbourne (with Prof. Paul Mulvaney, 2006-2010). She was appointed at Monash University in 2010 and in 2011 was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship. Her research focuses on the synthesis, assembly and spectroscopy of nanoscale systems, including energy transport and optical properties of well-defined assemblies of metal and semiconductor nanocrystals.

Research area keywords

  • Electron transfer
  • Energy transfer
  • Metal nanocrystals
  • Nanocrystals
  • Nanoparticles
  • Nanoscience
  • Optical properties
  • Physical chemistry
  • Plasmonics
  • Surface plasmons
  • Self-assembly
  • Gold nanomaterials
  • Gold nanorod
  • Silver nanoparticles
  • Gold nanoparticles
  • CdSe nanocrystals
  • Semiconductor Nanocrystals
  • QD

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Projects 2011 2019

Research Output 1999 2019

  • 54 Article
  • 2 Conference Paper
  • 1 Chapter (Book)
  • 1 Review Article

Facile purification of CsPbX3 (X = Cl-, Br-, I-) perovskite nanocrystals

Wang, C., Chesman, A. S. R., Yin, W., Frazer, L., Funston, A. M. & Jasieniak, J. J., 30 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Chemical Physics. 151, 12, 7 p., 121105.

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1 Citation (Scopus)

Control of electric field localization by three-dimensional bowtie nanoantennae

Mayevsky, A. D. & Funston, A. M., 9 Aug 2018, In : Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 122, 31, p. 18012-18020 9 p.

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2 Citations (Scopus)

Coupled Plasmon Resonances and Gap Modes in Laterally Assembled Gold Nanorod Arrays

Kumar, J., Wei, X., Barrow, S. J., Funston, A. M., Thomas, K. G. & Mulvaney, P., 2018, In : Zeitschrift fur Physikalische Chemie. 232, 9-11, p. 1607-1617 11 p.

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Mesoscale surface plasmons: Modelling and imaging using near-field scanning optical microscopy

Mayevsky, A. D., Davis, T. J., Ballard, P. M., Henderson, C. A. & Funston, A. M., 3 Sep 2018, In : Optics Express. 26, 18, p. 23426-23435 10 p.

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P-Carborane Conjugation in Radical Anions of Cage-Cage and Cage-Phenyl Compounds

Cook, A. R., Valášek, M., Funston, A. M., Poliakov, P., Michl, J. & Miller, J. R., 25 Jan 2018, In : The Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 122, 3, p. 798-810 13 p.

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