Study level

Vacation research experience scheme


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We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Fanny Boulaire
Senior Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Dr Michael Cholette
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Associate Professor Sara Couperthwaite
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


QUT researchers have partnered with mining company Lava Blue and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centres (IMCRC) to set up a pilot plant. This pilot plant will transform kaolin clay into high-purity alumina (HPA) which is used to make LEDs and lithium-ion batteries.

As a part of this project, you will use machine learning techniques to optimise the extraction of alumina and minimise impurities in the process.

Research activities

You will apply machine learning techniques to a dataset describing elemental composition of different processes. From the developed models output, you will provide guidance for further experiments to refine the models.


A predictive model and techniques for optimising different parts of the alumina extraction process.

Skills and experience

As the ideal student you are both highly motivated and interested in the following:

  • data science
  • programming (Python desirable)

A background in chemical processing is highly desirable.



Contact the supervisor for more information.