Paul Mulvaney is currently Professor of Chemistry in the School of Chemistry and Bio21 Institute at the University of Melbourne and a “1000 Talents Professor” at Chongqing University, China. Mulvaney is the current chair of the Australian Academy of Science National Committee for Chemistry and he chaired the working group that produced the first Decadal Plan for Chemistry, launched in February 2016. He was named one of the most 300 cited materials scientists in the world in 2016. Mulvaney serves as an Associate Editor of the journal ACS Nano. His current research work, funded through the ARC Laureate Fellowship program focuses on plasmonics—the optical properties of small metal crystals. He is also interested in quantum dot spectroscopy, surface and colloid science and nanophysics.