A research project that mimics nature to create sustainable environmental and energy applications, and another focussed on helping the human body clock adjust to the impact of artificial lighting in homes and workplaces, are two of four QUT-based projects awarded more than $3.5M in Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (ARC) funding for 2018.
New discoveries driving innovation
Our materials science researchers are supported by exceptional material characterisation facilities in the Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF).
We're making progress across three broad areas of materials science:
- Nanomaterials, focusing on the fabrication and assemblies of nanoparticles and low dimensional materials, including quantum dot structures, nanowires, nanotubes and graphene materials
- Surface engineering, where researchers are focusing on the unique properties associated with a surface and the interaction of the surface with the surrounding environment
- Molecular materials, where we're using organic and inorganic chemistry to investigate the molecular synthesis of advanced molecular materials like profluorescent nitroxides, rotoxanes and polymeric materials.
Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF)
- chemical composition and structure
- physical morphology and response to physical stimuli
- electronic and optical structure and properties.
This work underpins our progress in material science research and is helping to ensure that the solutions we develop have effective real-world applications.
QUT researchers have developed a new material that has the potential to change the renewable power industry by delivering highly efficient, stable and considerably cheaper solar technology.