QUT researchers have partnered with mining company Lava Blue and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) to set up a pilot plant to transform kaolin clay into high-purity alumina (HPA) which is used to make LEDs and Lithium ion batteries.
QUT Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Margaret Sheil said she was delighted by the acknowledgement by the Nature Index.
“Being highlighted as one of the universities to watch throughout the world is a great honour and a boost for all of our researchers,” Professor Sheil said.
“At QUT we have made a substantial investment in research and collaboration resulting in a significantly improved research performance through an enhanced culture and supportive framework and facilities.
“We’ve always been quite innovative and ahead of the game in terms of engaging with the real world and we foster a spirit of inclusion and collaboration, which is critical for being successful in the Australian research environment.”
Nature Index 2019 highlighted QUT as a young institute, at only 30 years old, with one of the largest science and engineering facilities in Australia.
“As a young university, we can be highly effective in implementing change and adjusting our structures to emerging research needs and quick decision-making processes,” Professor Sheil said.
The Nature Index tables are based on weighted fractional counts of natural sciences research outputs which have been published in high-quality science journals. It provides information about publication productivity at a university and national level making it an indicator of research output and collaboration.
Other universities mentioned in the report included the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Princeton University, South Korea’s Institute for Basic Science, Canada’s Western University, Germany’s University of Munster and Japan’s Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.
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