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Plasma agro- food- and bio-tech

Plasma agricultural, food and biotechnologies, based on low-temperature plasmas, is a rapidly emerging multidisciplinary research and development topic.

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

Synthesis of electode materials for all carbon based batteries

Chemical batteries are listed in the top five key energy technologies ahead of others such as:natural gaswind turbineshydrogenelectric motors.We are currently investigating the use of polymers containing free-radicals as avenues to produce environmentally friendly, lightweight and durable materials for the fabrication of printed carbon batteries or as a catholyte in redox flow batteries.

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 does synthetic fertiliser application influence nitrogen mineralisation dynamics of organic amendments?

Optimising how much organic amendment, such as compost, is applied to agricultural soils is one of the most promising and practical ways to reduce nitrogen (N) being released into the environment while also maintaining economically-adequate crop production.The application of organic amendments alone often do not have the capability to meet crop needs due to the timing of N release being uncontrollable over time. Because of this N synthetic fertiliser is needed in conventional farming systems to meet perceived production needs.Accounting …

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

Organic thin film transistors for biosensing and bioelectronics

Organic Field Effect Transistors (OFETs) have the potential to offer low cost, easy to use and printable sensors for a variety of applications such as chemical sensing, explosive sensing, biomedical sensing, etc. OFETs are highly sought after for developing non-invasive sensing technologies for continuous monitoring or diagnostic applications.For example, it has been shown that OFETs can detect the levels of glucose in saliva of diabetic patients and therefore have the potential to have life changing impacts on patients by moving …

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

Solar driven organic transformations by low-cost catalysts

This project will mainly involve the design of new catalysts for realizing important organic transformations. Much work will be done regarding analysis of molecules as well as materials characterization using X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and other methods.

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

Organic thin film transistors for sensors, bioelectronic interfaces and bionics

Organic electronic devices are flexible, light weight and stretchable. This makes them an ideal candidate for integrating and interfacing with soft tissues in biological systems.Particularly, organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) have the potential to offer low cost, easy-to-use and printable sensors for a variety of applications such as chemical sensing and explosive sensing. Additionally, OTFTs have shown great promise for applications in biosensing and interaction with the biological world. This project aims to explore OTFTs and develop OTFT designs for …

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

Organic light emitting diodes for applications in displays, sensors and wearables

Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) have revolutionized the display industry with flexible and thin displays of high colour contrast. We can already see applications of OLED displays in smart phones and TV screens including curved TVs.It is also a very promising technology for the next generation of solid state lighting. A very recent and emerging area is the application of organic electronic devices including OLEDs for wearable biomedical sensors.OLEDs are a desirable candidate for such applications because they can be …

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

Photo switchable product selectivity control in hydroamincation reactions

Controllable product selectivity is of equal importance to efficient reactant conversion in chemical synthesis. Achieving high selectivity of the desired product is often a significant hurdle since the reactants in synthetic processes are usually heated to achieve a high reaction rate and this heating generally reduces differences between competitive reaction pathways and can create a substancial amount of by-products.An extensive number of studies have been performed to reduce unwanted by-products. If light irradiation applied in photocatalytic selective synthesis could determine …

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

Triplet energy transfer in organic solar cells

The physical process of singlet exciton fission permits conversion of one singlet exciton (S1) into two low energy triplet excitons (T1). This happens when two neighboring molecules form a triplet intermediate state that is of singlet character, which then breaks down at ultrafast time scales into two triplet states via S1 + S0 → T1 + T1.The potential to have multiple charge carriers per absorbed photon in singlet fission (SF) active organic materials has attracted much attention for the enhancement …

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

2D metal oxide nanomaterials for sustainable energy applications

Two-dimensional (2D) transition metal oxide systems present exotic electronic properties and high specific surface areas, and also demonstrate promising applications ranging from electronics to energy storage. Yet, in contrast to other types of nanostructures, the question as to whether we could assemble 2D nanomaterials with an atomic thickness from molecules in a general way, which would give them some amazing properties such as those of graphene, still remains unresolved.In this project, we intend to synthesise well-crystallised, ultrathin transition metal oxide …

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

Startup Cultures

In the startup world there is much talk of culture as a unifying driver of performance. Culture research has a long history, and there are measures (albeit disputed) of organisational culture. There are also a range of studies that have investigated relationships between culture and performance. For this project, the focus is on understanding what founders and other key personnel in startups mean when they talk of culture and how they 'measure' culture.The student is expected to produce an extended …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Management

Customised flexible work

Developing and supporting flexible or customised work arrangements is a key HR strategy in many organisations and has been shown to have benefits for both business and individual employees. However, research has also demonstrated the significant problem of policy-utilisation gaps in relation to flexible work, including concerns about unequal access, low uptake amongst men and penalties that result from adjusting standard working arrangements.Student projects are available in this field of research and there is the possibility of utilising existing and …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Management

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