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Capacity planning and capacity expansion of public hospitals

This project will focus on developing mathematical and statistical models for capacity planning and capacity expansion studies.

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

3D printing of testicular prostheses

Testicular prostheses are implanted in men after surgery for testicular cancer or with congenital birth abnormalities.Current prostheses have issues with leakage or rupture as they contain silicone gel or saline to replicate the texture of a testicle. Others use solid silicone polymer and are too rigid which decreases patient satisfaction.There is a need to create testicular prosthesis that do not contain silicone or liquid and possess similar consistency to native tissue.

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

Hydrophobic and anti-fogging coatings for better endoscopic imaging

Keyhole surgeries rely on the use of so-called endoscopes that are essentially camera-guided instruments. Surgeons heavily rely on the visual feedback provided by such endoscopes in performing minimally invasive surgeries. However, the image quality provided by such endoscopes is routinely compromised when body fluids and fogging occlude the lens.In this project you will explore the use of novel nanomaterial in the role of hydrophobic and anti-fogging layer towards preventing the vision loss after repeated submersions in synthetic blood and similar …

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

Bio-inspired nanomaterials for sustainable environment

In nature, biological species have evolved optimal structures through millions of years with amazing characteristics and swift stimulus-responsive capabilities, which give inspiration to researchers for the design of smart functional materials. Many of these smart materials have surfaces that dynamically alter their physicochemical properties in response to changes in their environmental conditions and to triggered control of interfacial properties.In this project, novel bio-inspired interfaces and surfaces will be developed for sustainable environment applications, based on the understanding of the relationships …

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

Assessment of the probiotic potential of Bacillus strains

Sugarcane bagasse is the residual material left after the stems have been crushed for sugar and is one of the most abundant agricultural wastes around the world. In Australia, it is usually incinerated to generate electricity at the mill or for the grid but excess bagasse is left outside for months in giant (usually uncovered) piles. These develop into a unique ecological niche, with interacting/competing populations of bacteria, yeast and filamentous fungi thriving in the lignocellulose-rich environment. It is also …

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

Understanding and developing Kombucha SCOBY for the production of leather replacements

There is now significant interest and a strong drive to create functional equivalents for animal derived products that do not involve the use of animals. There have been some recent high profile examples of technologies to replace milk and meat and leather is also receiving attention.QUT, working with the State Library of Queensland, has been researching the use of Kombucha SCOBY (fermented tea cultures) to generate cellulose that when dried can resemble leather using a traditional Kombucha process.Related articlesModern Meadow …

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

New anti-biofilm agents for biomedical implants

The diatomic free radical nitric oxide is a well-recognised signaling molecule in mammals which modulates bacterial existence between planktonic and biofilm modes.Low non-toxic concentrations of nitric oxide disperse a variety of Gram positive and Gram negative bacterial biofilms to free swimming planktonic bacteria.We have recently shown that nitroxides (sterically hindered versions of nitric oxide) can inhibit bacterial biofilm formation and disperse existing biofilms.

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

Building low-cost sensor packages for air quality monitoring in Australia

This project involves developing a sensor package for air quality monitoring, using low-cost sensors for different monitoring purposes.

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

Hearing colour and seeing sound – switchable optoacoustic imaging agents

Optoacoustic imaging is a relatively 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 …

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

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 …

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

Geopolymers

Geopolymers are materials which are rapidly finding interest in industry because they are 90% less polluting than conventional portland cement. They are made by reacting aluminosilicate materials with alkaline solutions in the presence of a reaction promoter.We are examining new geopolymers made from Australian based minerals such as zeolites and clays.

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

Sustainable hydrogen production

The hydrogen economy is rapidly developing, especially in Japan and Australia.An attractive means of generating hydrogen is by splitting water using electrocatalysts. This project is focused on integration of concentrated solar photovoltaic systems with novel electrocatalysis systems with high efficiency for hydrogen production.

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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