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Comparative genomics of gene families

The project aims to understand gene family dynamics in a range of different organisms. Topics that could be explored include toxin gene evolution in cnidarians, detoxification gene evolution in true fruit flies and hemoglobin evolution in molluscs.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

Geopolymers

Geopolymers are materials which are rapidly finding interest in industry because they are 90% less polluting than conventional portland cement. They are made by reacting aluminosilicate materials with alkaline solutions in the presence of a reaction promoter.We are examining new geopolymers made from Australian based minerals such as zeolites and clays.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

A real-time system for monitoring oxidative potential of PM

Particulate matter (PM), a major component of outdoor and indoor air pollution was recently classified by World Health Organization as carcinogenic to humans. The underlying toxicological mechanisms by which particles induce adverse health effects are still not entirely known. Numerous toxicological studies have demonstrated that particles have the ability to generate free radicals and related reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are able to induce oxidative stress at the sites of deposition (i.e. lungs).A fluorescence-based profluorescent nitroxide (PFN) molecular probe synthesized …

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Optimal guerilla conservation

Guerilla conservation is the use of illegal activities to positively or negatively alter a region’s biodiversity. Famous examples include the “direct action” activities of Sea Shepherd (e.g., damaging whaling vessels), or the practice of “tree spiking” that was common in the forest wars in the temperate rainforests of Tasmania and the Pacific Northwest in the USA.In recent years, guerilla conservation actors have attempted to achieve their aims by releasing new species into ecosystems. Examples include the release of foxes into …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

The role of accounting in the Queensland coal seam gas (CSG) political debate

Coal seam gas (CSG) has become one of the most contentious socio-enviro-political issues in Queensland, with proponents on both sides drawing on the same environmental data to produce environmental impact statements and cost/benefit analysis to argue their cases. This study will investigate how accounting practices of measurement are used to quantify the impact of coal seam gas operations, and how these numbers are used for the political arguments on both sides.

Study level
Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Accountancy

Development of low cost desalination technologies

This project encompasses a range of technologies for the low cost desalination of impaired water sources, such as those produced by the oil and gas industry or mining sector.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Development of functional, nanostructured materials

In this project, we are looking to develop:a highly sensitive and selective metal oxide thin film gas sensing devicean efficient and stable perovskite solar cell using metal oxide thin films.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Industrial water treatment

Our research group has a strong focus on solving problems related to water treatment.Research topics in this area included but are not limited to:coal seam gasshale oil and gasmunicipal wastewateracid mine drainagemining waterfood and beverage manufacturingagriculturedesalinationammonia and phosphate nutrient recoverymetal recoveryThe majority of projects involve collaboration with industry. …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

How do information systems contribute to greening the planet?

Due to climate change and global warming, information systems (IS) are increasingly asked to not only support economic goals but also to promote environmentally sustainable behaviours. The advocated role for these “green IS” is that they can enable practices and processes with improved environmental performance. Knowledge about how exactly information systems can carry out this role, however, is still nascent, emergent, and incomplete.Some studies have investigated factors that influence organisational adoption of green IS, other scholars have developed tools for …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Information Systems

Engaging recreational fishers in the management of fisheries habitats

Recreational fishing is Australia’s most popular sport and leisure activity. The number of recreational fishers in Australia is significant and they have considerable political influence. Recreational fishers also have the potential to be instrumental in successful fisheries conservation, habitat restoration and environmental stewardship efforts.We welcome research proposals which will contribute to understanding stakeholder engagement strategies for the collaborative management of fishing areas and the meaningful engagement of recreational fishers in a range of advocacy, conservation, monitoring, enforcement, and habitat restoration …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Toward a gamified mobile application to improve eco-driving

The benefits of games have been increasingly recognized in academic research and industrial practice, which is why products and services that are not usually associated with games, are increasingly gamified. In this regard, gamified mobile applications are used in diverse areas such as education, health, crowdsourcing, or sustainability. This research has a focus on the field of environmental sustainability, specifically, the focus is on smartphone-based systems that support eco-driving.Such systems provide visual displays showing the acceleration and braking performance that …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Information Systems

Image/audio analysis and retrieval for environment monitoring

Sensor networks bring ornithologists and pattern recognition researchers together to make some applications possible.These applications include unobtrusive observations (where the presence of humans changes some animal behaviours) and the studies of spatial and temporal variation in biological processes.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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