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Water treatment to improve productivity in the northern beef industry

Study level

PhD

Master of Philosophy

Honours

Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/Lead unit

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Supervisors

Dr Mark Harrison
Position
Senior Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Professor Graeme Millar
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

Overview

Poor quality water can reduce productivity in the northern beef industry by up to 25%, which reduces the long-term economic sustainability of the industry.

QUT has a long history of developing and deploying water treatment technologies at-scale and is seeking a skilled and enthusiastic student to adapt existing technologies or develop new technologies for the beef industry.

Research activities

As part of the research project, you will:

  1. characterise a range of water samples from across the northern beef industry
  2. undertake laboratory-scale trials on a range of water treatment technologies
  3. narrow the selection of technologies for evaluation at pilot-scale
  4. develop demonstration-scale systems to measure the effect of improved water quality 'on-farm'.

Outcomes

The overall aim of the project is to develop and demonstrate water treatment technology that improves productivity in the northern beef industry.

Skills and experience

If you have experience in the following scientific fields and strong practical skills it will be well-regarded:

  • waste water treatment
  • process scale-up

Scholarships

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

Annual scholarship round

Contact

Contact Dr Mark Harrison for more information.