Study level

PhD

Master of Philosophy

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Topic status

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Supervisors

Miss Naomi Paxton
Position
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Professor Mia Woodruff
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

External supervisors

  • 3D Systems
  • CSIRO
  • Metro North Hospital and Health Service

Overview

The scale of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent disruption to global supply chains has led to an acute shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for Queensland healthcare workers. In response, a state-wide taskforce was established in March 2020 to investigate alternative supplies of essential PPE such as face filtration respirators (FFRs), typically N95/P2 face masks which are in high demand for frontline healthcare workers treating respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19.

This project aims to develop novel reusable patient and clinician specific-face masks which can be decontaminated.

Research activities

This project will build on existing proprietary face scanning technology to incorporate personalisation into mask designs. These designs can be prototyped using 3D printing and fitted with disposable filtration materials that can be rapidly interchanged.

This project is supported by strong industry partnerships with 3D Systems, CSIRO as well as philanthropy and commercialisation support by Edale Capital.

Outcomes

We expect to establish rapid manufacturing approaches to design and fabricate personalised FFRs with N95-compliant filters. This will provide Queensland healthcare workers with necessary PPE for treating COVID-19 patients.

Skills and experience

To be considered for this project you should have skills and/or experience in:

  • mechanical and/or medical engineering
  • CAD/CAM
  • 3D printing.

Scholarships

You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round

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