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Be active - increasing asylum seeker and refugee participation in community-based physical activity programs

Project code:PHSW03Project aims and objectives:This project has three key aims:Conduct an environmental scan of community-based physical activity programs delivered Brisbane wide and identify service delivery agencies currently supporting asylum seeker and refugee communities residing in Brisbane;Identify the key barriers and enablers to asylum seeker and refugees to participate in community-based physical activity programs;Propose a series of recommendations to address the findings of the project aims 1 and 2 to increase participation rates amongst this group of residents who experience greater …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Health
Lead unit
School of Public Health and Social Work

Designing active play technologies with families

The aim of this project is to design and study digital technologies that enable and support active play in families with young children.To promote healthy growth and development, children aged 1-5 years should be physically active for at least three hours each day. This may include running, jumping and playful activities. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, many playgrounds, childcare facilities, and sports clubs are closed, which means that families look for alternatives to stay active.In this project you'll explore:how parents …

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

Estimation and control of networked cyberphysical systems

Cyberphysical systems (CPS) integrate sensors, communication networks, controllers, dynamic processes and actuators. CPS play an increasingly important role in modern society, in areas such as:energytransportationmanufacturinghealthcare.Due to the interplay between control systems, communications and computations, the design of CPS requires novel approaches, which bridge disciplinary boundaries.We're interested in developing engineering science and methods for the analysis and design of CPS operating in closed loop. Our research brings together elements of control systems engineering, as well as telecommunications and reinforcement learning.The current …

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

Materials discovery and design from quantum mechanics-based computational approaches

Understanding novel physics in nanoscale materials is critical for the development of modern electronics technology.However, such delicate materials are difficult to manipulate and characterize experimentally because of their tiny size. This raises the conundrum of how to proceed forward quickly with exploration and subsequently design of properties.In principle, materials properties are determined by the electronic structure. Quantum mechanics based computational approaches are able to address fundamental electronic, optical and magnetic properties in such materials.This provides a powerful complement to the …

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

Hearing colour and seeing sound – switchable optoacoustic imaging agents

Optoacoustic imaging is a new medical imaging technique. It utilises laser light to excite an imaging agent, which in turn converts this light energy into heat. This heat is dissipated as a sound wave, which can be detected with an ultrasound receiver. This technique aims to overcome the minimal penetration depth of fluorescence imaging, and the lack of molecular specificity of ultrasound.In this project we are aiming to develop and synthesize intelligent imaging agents for optoacoustics, which are able to …

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

A golden approach to nanomedicine. Gold-polymer hybrid nanoparticles

Gold, a precious metal, is also highly valued for the production of highly functional nanoparticles.Gold nanoparticles interact with light and microwaves to generate heat and light, which can be used in nanomedicine for therapy or imaging.This project will look at developing polymer-gold hybrid nanoparticles to improve disease delivery and therapy. This project involves:polymer synthesismaterials formulationcharacterisation. …

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

Advanced polymer inks for 3D printing – defining the future of 3D additive manufacturing

Some estimates state that by 2030, 30% of all manufactured goods will be 3D printed.A particular type of 3D printing is 3D laser lithography with which micro- and nano-sized structures can be prepared. Such structures find wide-ranging applications in creating materials with unusual properties. This can include functioning as invisibility cloaks or scaffolds growing and guiding cells.Cutting-edge research is trying to exceed current 3D printing limitations, by developing materials that either:allow for smaller and faster printingare reprogrammable after they have …

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

Fighting slime with nitroxides and polymers

Biofilms, more commonly recognised as slime, are complex communities of microorganisms, which provide these creatures with a niche where they are able to flourish in conditions where they might not normally survive.Because of this enhanced survivability, bacterial biofilms show enhanced resistance to disinfectant and antibiotic treatment, and are the cause of nearly three quarters of hospital-acquired infections. Nitroxides, molecules that possess a stabilised free radical, are able to disperse these biofilms and make them susceptible to treatment.Our research group is …

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

New 2D heterostructures on silicon carbide for two dimensional electronics

Graphene has attracted a great deal of interest due to its remarkable electronic, optical and mechanical properties. However the absence of a bandgap limits its use in many applications.Future applications in nanoelectronics will depend critically on the development of novel approaches to introduce a bandgap while preserving carrier mobility. An example includes stacking graphene with other two-dimensional (2D) materials with complementary properties.This project will look at systematically refining the integration of different 2D materials with graphene grown epitaxially on silicon …

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

Plasma medicine

Plasma medicine is a rapidly emerging multidisciplinary research topic focusing on various treatments of diseases using low-temperature plasmas generated in gases using electric fields.

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

Physics-informed modelling for microfluidics

The miniaturisation of chemical and biological processes for gas sensing, water purification, cell culture and separation, and micro-reactors is an important factor to reduce costs while increasing performance and efficiency. Miniaturisation requires microfluidic tools for the precise manipulation of complex fluids at the microscale. Microfluidics offers several advantages such as speed, precision and control of those physical processes.However, the lack of fundamental understanding of the microscopic flow mechanisms, in particular the behaviour of non-ideal fluid mixtures, is a critical aspect …

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

Highly fluorescent and brighter emitters for next generation flexible OLEDs and displays

Display devices are composed of an array of organic light emitting diodes (OLED) in the form of pixels (red, blue, green). Such devices are present in various electronic appliances, including:mobile phonestabletstelevisionssmart packaging productswearable productsautomobile dashing boards.Currently, inorganic light emitting diodes (LEDs) control the display market, but this technology has some limitations such as:high fabrication costlarger area processinglimited to rigid products.The next generation of devices are expected to be flexible and stretchable so they can be used for future rollable televisions …

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

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