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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

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

Advanced photoresists for 3D laser lithography

Some estimates state that 30% of all manufactured goods will be 3D printed in 2030. 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 meta-materials functioning as invisibility cloaks or scaffolds for single (stem) cell interrogation. Today’s inks for 3D printing, however, only allow one material property to be written with one laser wavelength. This project will develop – in close collaboration with …

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

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

Krazy-adhesives: development of glues that work underwater

Almost all current adhesives loose activity in water. However, in many applications especially in medical, things need to glue together under wet conditions.The project will tackle this challenge using biomimetic approach. In nature, several water species secrete protein matrices that are used for anchoring under the water such as mussels or sandcastle worm. For example, it has been recognized that polydopamine was crucial in the attachment of mussels to surfaces and sandcastle worm uses tiny amounts of a special protein …

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

Electrospun nanoparticle-nanofiber composites for advanced gas sensing

Portable chemical sensors are of critical importance for detection of air pollutants and biomarkers in human breath such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), CO, NO2 and CH4. Low power requirement is essential for long term operations of these mobile sensors providing real-time data about the ambient air quality and health monitoring. Nanotechnology has had significant impacts on sensor technology enabling the development of portable and inexpensive nano-sensors that exhibit operational advantages such as low operation power as well as high …

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

Carbon-based supercapacitors from graphene and 2D materials

With the exponentially growing portion of electricity generated from renewable resources (solar, wind, and tidal power) in total electricity production throughout the globe, the mission of implementing environment-friendly energy storage technology is even more important to the future sustainable economy.Supercapacitors are expected to overcome the storage and the charging speed of the traditional batteries in the near future, opening new avenues for renewable energy resources. Graphene and its compounds, graphene oxide, nanotubes, are targeted as materials to increase the charge …

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

Synthesis of thin film composite membranes with high salt rejection for desalination

The aim of this project is to create a very thin layer of polyamide on ultrafiltration membrane supports. Ultrafiltration membranes will be fabricated and examined in laboratory scale mimicking virus removal process in the water industry.

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

Improving quality of diffusion MRI: detection of motion artefacts

Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can provide valuable insight into microstructural properties of the brain white matter in health and disease. However, obtaining high-quality diffusion MRI data is challenging because of relatively long acquisition times and the patients’ inability to remain still for this length of time. Diffusion MRI data is particularly prone to artefacts caused by motion due to head movement and cardiac pulsation. These artefacts need to be detected and corrected to provide accurate measures of microstructure.In this …

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

Surface scanning in scoliosis

Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine which also affects surrounding structures such as the rib cage.Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis is the development of a scoliotic curve in other wise healthy adolescents. Teenagers with this condition undergo x-ray monitoring of their condition every 4-12 months for many years, which can have dramatic effects on their long-term cancer risk.In scoliosis we believe there is a strong correlation between the externally visible anatomy of the torso and the internal anatomy of the spine …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
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

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