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Spider silk: structure, mechanics and processing

Spider silks possess a range of qualities that are rarely found simultaneously in one material, and it is no surprise that an enormous effort has been made to replicate or learn from them.1,2 Toughness, extensibility and strength are only a few of the desirable traits that make spider silk of such interest. Silk is biodegradable and, unlike synthetic high-performance fibres such as Kevlar, it is extremely lightweight.3,4 A further advantage lies in its processing conditions and requirements. Whereas production of …

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

Optimisation of nanostructured features for enhanced antibacterial response

Inspired from the insect wing nanostructures, we have fabricated several surfaces that have efficiently killed bacterial cells. However, small changes in nanoscale features immensely affects the bacterial killing rate. There is a need to optimise certain parameters in the fabrication step such that an enhanced bacterial killing rate is achieved.

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

Plasma nanotechnology

Plasma nanoscience and nanotechnology is a rapidly emerging multidisciplinary research topic focusing on physical, chemical, and biological effects of low-temperature plasmas.

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

Plasma printing – a new 3D manufacturing platform

Plasma printing technology is a rapidly emerging multidisciplinary research and development topic focused on the development of novel advanced technologies for additive manufacturing and 3D surface modification (3D printing) and roll-to-roll fabrication (2D printing) assisted by atmospheric-pressure low-temperature plasmas.

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

Digital manufacturing and 3-D printing applications for biomanufacturing

This project will focus on digital manufacturing applications for improving healthcare in aged population.

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

Numerical and experimental developments of bio-engineered vascular grafts and valves

This project encompasses advanced numerical and experimental technologies to rationalise the design of advanced porous biomaterials for vascular grafts and valves. Cost-effective, long-lasting tissue-engineered vascular grafts and valves are required alleviate the million dollar costs of cardiovascular surgeries in Australia due to high failure rate.

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

Micro-scale manufacturing of medical devices

Biofabrication research is enabling a transition in medical manufacturing from generic, mass-produced implants to patient-specific solutions with customised external shape and internal porous architecture that mimic natural tissues to improve the healing process.Melt electro-writing is a rapidly emerging manufacturing technique allowing the production of incredibly small polymer and composite devices. Medical applications are of particular importance using this technique as fine porous microstructures can be manufactured that mimic those of natural tissues, improving tissue integration and biological response.A significant problem …

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

Realisation of personalised implants through advanced manufacturing

Modern advanced manufacturing techniques have the potential to revolutionise the patient specific orthopaedic implant space.Many of the existing orthopaedic joint replacements offer a modular design, allowing surgeons to select the size of each component to suit their patient.However in some joints, for example the shoulder, the conditions that lead to the requirement for a shoulder replacement (osteoarthritis of the shoulder and rotator cuff tears) also create anatomical anomalies that are challenging to correct with generic implant shapes.The advent of titanium …

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

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