Tak Kee

Associate Professor Tak Kee

Associate Professor

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


My group uses steady state and time-resolved spectroscopic techniques to investigate the molecular processes in two significant systems. The first system is the important medicinal pigment curcumin. We aim to provide molecular insight into the medicinal effects of curcumin, focusing on the role of excited state photophysical processes and metal chelation. In addition, we use molecular assemblies including cyclodextrins and hydrogels to capture and stabilize curcumin in aqueous environment. We use these molecular assemblies to deliver curcumin to cancer cells. Recently, we began to use polymer nanoparticles to capture curcumin with the aim to develop a new means of delivery. Another system of interest is the highly fluorescent conjugated polymer nanostructures. We currently focus on using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy and fluorescence upconversion spectroscopy to understand the effect of the shape of the nanostructure on the energy and charge transfer processes in these structures. Because conjugated polymers are used as organic solar cell materials, a good understanding of these processes will lead to strategies for improving the efficiency of organic solar cells.

My group uses steady state and time-resolved spectroscopic techniques to investigate molecular processes involving light harvesting and energy conversion. A system of interest is the highly fluorescent conjugated polymer nanostructures. We currently focus on using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy and fluorescence upconversion spectroscopy to understand the effect of the shape of the nanostructure on the energy and charge transfer processes in these structures. Because conjugated polymers are used as organic solar cell materials, a good understanding of these processes is useful for understanding the limiting factors in the efficiency of organic solar cells.  We have also made progress in stabilizing the highly fluorescent conjugated polymer nanoparticles in high ionic strength condition, facilitating the cell imaging applications of these materials.  This work has also led to progress in fabricating organic light emitting diodes using an aqueous dispersion of conjugated polymers.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2014 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2006 - 2010 Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2003 - 2006 Postdoctoral Fellow National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1999 - 2003 University of Texas at Austin United States PhD
    1994 - 1997 Iowa State University United States BSc
Year(s) Funding Agency Scheme Grant Title Investigators Amount
2016-2018 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects Quantum Coherences in Artificial Light-Harvesting Complexes TW Kee, GD Scholes  
2013 Australian Research Council (ARC) LIEF Supercontinuum Fibre Laser Consortium for the Chemical and Materials Sciences TW Kee, EJ Bieske, GF Metha, TA Smith, PR Medwell, KP Ghiggino  
2010 Australian Research Council (ARC) LIEF Spectroscopic Imaging for Materials, Minerals, and Life Sciences D Beattie, J Ralston, A Ellis, T Kee, K Bremmell, J Morrison, G Andersson, D Lewis, D Saint, K Vasilev, F Malherbe  

2010

Australian Research Council (ARC) LIEF Ultrafast Dynamics Measurement Facility for the Physical, Biomedical and Materials Sciences TW Kee, TM Monro, D Abbott, BM Fischer, GF Metha, JA Carver, DA Beattie, CA Prestidge, RA Lewis, DG Lancaster, U Bach  
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Theory and Simulation of Self-Assembly and Charge Transport in Conjugated Polymers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Belinda Jayne Boehm
    2018 Principal Supervisor Geometric and Morphological Effects on Singlet Fission in Coupled Acene Dimers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Alexandra Nicole Stuart
    2018 Co-Supervisor Analysis of Up-Conversion Fluorescence from Explosives, Molecules and Precursors Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Thomas Jacob De Prinse
    2018 Co-Supervisor Photocatalytic Conversion of Methane by Metal-based Clusters on Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) Surface Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jenica Marie Lorica Madridejos
    2018 Principal Supervisor Using Spectroscopy and Modelling to Understand Migration of Charges and Energy in the Condensed Phase Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Rohan Joshua Hudson
    2017 Co-Supervisor Designing Organic Semiconductor Interfaces for Advanced Organic Electronics Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Huong Thi Lan Nguyen
    2017 Principal Supervisor Polarisation Effects of Exciton Migration and Singlet Fission in TIPS-Pentacene Nanoparticles Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Elisabeth Schrefl
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2018 Principal Supervisor A Kinetic and Spectroscopic Analysis of Distance-dependent Singlet Fission in TIPS-Pentacene Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Alexandra Nicole Stuart
    2015 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Carbon Dioxide Photo-Reduction by a Gold Ruthenium Cluster Deposited Upon Titanium Dioxide Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Rohan Joshua Hudson
    2015 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Interplay of Structural, Dynamical, and Electronic Properties in Doped Semiconducting Polymer Systems Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Sophia Ackling
    2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Theoretical and Spectroscopic Studies of Energy and Charge Transport in Organic Semiconductors Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Patrick Charles Tapping
    2012 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Azobenzene-Modified Beta-Cyclodextrin: Molecules, Materials and Molecular Devices Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Noby Charn Keng Leong
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor The Characterisation, Photocatalytic Performance, and Theoretical Investigation of Small Gold Clusters Supported on Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Jason Frankie Alvino
    2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Spectroscopic Investigations on the Molecular Motions and Solution Chemistry of the Medicinal Pigment Curcumin Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Hei Leung
    2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Drug Delivery of the Medicinal Pigment Curcumin in Molecular Assemblies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Takaaki Harada
    2011 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Studies of Self-assembled Substituted Poly(Acrylate) Networks as Potential Sustained Drug Delivery Systems and of Fluorescent Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles in Cell Imaging Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Liang Yan
    2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Photophysics and Photochemistry of Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Scott Clafton
    2010 - 2016 Co-Supervisor From Polymers to Porphyrins: Supramolecular Control Asserted by Cyclodextrin Oligomers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hamish Liam McTernan
    2010 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Photo-Ionisation and Density Functional Theory Studies of Gold Doped Cerium Oxide Clusters Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Robert Allan Hardy
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83135314
  • Email: tak.kee@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4380
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Badger, floor G
  • Room: G 20
  • Org Unit: Chemistry

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