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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

Carpal forces and the role of ligaments as a tensile constraint

The hand is an important but complex anatomical structure. With the carpus being made from seven articulating bones stabilized by numerous ligaments. Damage to these structures can lead to impaired function and progression into severe arthritis.This projects aims to understand the role and loads that are undertaken by these important structures and in doing so realize the essential information for better ligament repair.

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

Precursors of atmospheric aerosols in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica

Aerosols are tiny liquid or solid particles suspended in air. They have a significant role in the radiative balance through their direct interaction with incoming solar radiation (scattering and absorption) , and indirectly through their interactions with cloud (they act as seeds on which water can condense to form clouds). Indirect effect is a much more complex problem, and involves the role of aerosols in the cloud formation and the modification of their properties such as changes to cloud reflectivity, …

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

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

Understanding the relationships between immune cells and stem cells for bone regenerative medicine

The skeletal system in human body undergoes a constant life-long process of adaptation, which consists of osteoblast-driven formation and osteoclast-driven resorption. The regenerative power of endogenous cells is required for bone development, repair and regeneration. This is controlled by various cell types that secrete a wide spectrum cytokines that temporally and spatially dictate stem cell commitment and modulate the bone microenvironment. Increasing evidence has shown that among the various types of cells that mediate bone formation and regeneration, macrophages play …

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

One coating to rule them all: preventing infections to medical devices

Infections to medical devices are still a major complication. This project investigates a new antimicrobial coating that could be readily applied on all surfaces to prevent bacterial attachment and growth. The project is in collaborations with leading device R&D companies and manufacturers both in Australia and overseas and thus would give students opportunities for industry exposure.

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

Smart wound dressing

Many wounds are non-healing due to bacteria infection. Challenges remain in both early diagnosis and effective treatment of these wounds. In this project, a smart dressing will be developed to be able to indicate presence of infection and release antimicrobial agents to the wound.

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 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

Hi-resolution imaging of microscale fracture in osteoporotic bone

Osteoporosis leads to weak bones and debilitating fractures in the elderly. Understanding the biomechanics of osteoporotic vertebral fractures is an essential step in avoiding the morbidity caused by this condition.

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

3D Printing composite scaffolds for ear cartilage

Depending on your background, we will develop a specific project aim that relates to components of this larger project. Your research activities could involve one or more of the following:3D modelling of scaffolds using participant scans3D printing scaffolds using our in-house 3D printersMechanical testing of scaffoldsIn-vitro cell culture work

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

Diabetic foot pressure treatment

Total contact casts are used to heal ulcers by reducing pressure around the wound. The casts are used within the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hosptial (RBWH), Redcliffe, Caboolture and Nambour hospitals to treat patients with foot ulcers resulting from diabetes.The casts work best if closely applied and moulded to the leg, resulting in a 1/3 reduction in load and a 45% reduction in forefoot pressure but not heel pressure. However, the current method is time consuming and requires multiple visits …

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

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

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