Institute for Future


23 September 2019

Barcoding plastic products to prevent illegal dumping, developing new sensor technologies to monitor rivers, using cotton waste to create next generation batteries and teaching robots how to disassemble clothes are all initiatives being funded by IFE’s 2019 Catapult research funding program. 

Teams of QUT researchers from Science and Engineering, Law and Creative Industries will complete the successful projects within the next 12 months.

Congratulations to the four successful 2019 Catapult project teams:

  • Product stewardship by macromolecular barcoding – led by Professor Christopher Barner-Kowollik 
  • Combining computer vision and data science for improved river monitoring and flow prediction – led by Dr Catherine Leigh 
  • Robot assisted garment disassembly – led by Associate Professor Alice Payne
  • Empowering waste: Transformation of cotton waste into value-added materials for next generation battery technology - Dr Deepak Dubal.

IFE introduced Catapult to help support short-term, higher-risk transdisciplinary research projects that deliver industry outcomes. Catapult aims to enhance the technology readiness levels of transdisciplinary research ideas, ensuring more QUT research advances from creative discovery to adoption by industry and government partners.

Criminology experts and science researchers will work together to reduce illegal plastic dumping and trafficking, by examining regulatory frameworks and using barcoding technology that tracks each item's manufacturer and place of origin.


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