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Dr Toby D. M. Bell

BSc(Hons), BE(Hons), PhD (Melb)
Room: 23, room G35S
Phone: +61 3 9905 4566
Fax: +61 3 9905 4597

Research profile


Honours projects available 2015

Professional Profile:

2009- Lecturer in Chemistry, Monash University, Australia.
2006-2008 Centenary Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia.
2003-2005 Postdoctoral Fellow, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, in the De Schryver – Van der Auweraer – Hofkens group.
2002 Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Radiation Chemistry, Germany, in the Braslavsky group.
1997-2001 PhD, University of Melbourne in the Ghiggino group.

Research Areas

  • Single molecule spectroscopy, time resolved fluorescence, energy transfer (FRET), energy transfer, annihilation phenomena, photon bunching and photon correlation.
  • In particular I am interested in
    • Discovering the fundamental photophysical properties of new materials at the single molecule level.
    • Understanding how energy is transported around in multi-chromophoric dye molecules, polymer chains and nanoparticles
    • Using SM techniques to address biophysical problems such as protein folding, aggregation and conformational change.

Research Funding

2009-2011 ARC Discovery grant on “Light harvesting polymers”
2007-2009 NHMRC grant on “Single cell biology”
2006-2008 ARC Discovery grant on “Novel luminescent compounds”
2006-2007 University of Melbourne Centenary Fellowship for “Single Molecule Spectroscopy”


  • Prof. Ken Ghiggino Research Group, University of Melbourne, Australia. (
  • Prof. Steven Langford Research Group, Monash University, Australia. (
  • Prof. Johan Hofkens Research Group, KULeuven, Belgium. (
  • Dr. Andrew Clayton Research Group, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Australia. (
  • Prof. Paul Mulvaney Research Group, University of Melbourne, Australia. (

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