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Computational design of 2D materials and surface functionalisation for catalytic application

Functionalised two-dimensional nanomaterials have attracted immense interest in materials design by combining the merits of large surface ratio and nano-size functionalisation, and have been able to meet the requirement of a variety of applications, including electronic devices, fuel cell, and catalytic application.Except for their tunable physical properties, of particular interest is their chemical reactivity and surface catalytic applications, because they can be more easily chemically modified by nano-size functionalisation. In this respect, numerous studies have been dedicated to exploring the …

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

Development of low cost desalination technologies

This project encompasses a range of technologies for the low cost desalination of impaired water sources, such as those produced by the oil and gas industry or mining sector.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
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, where micro- and nano-sized structures can be prepared. These 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, are limited in their functionality, resolution and the obtainable material properties.This project will develop – in close collaboration with team members QUT's Soft …

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

Assessing cough intensity via accelerometry (Arduino)

Research projects investigating the production of cough aerosol from CF patients currently involved equipment which interferes with many existing techniques for cough intensity measurement. Accelerometers attached to the chest to measure chest wall movement are a promising and more laboratory compatible alternative for estimating the volume of air expelled when coughing. …

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

Diamond optoelectronic devices: switching diamond by light

Beyond its allure as a precious gemstone, diamond is regarded as an excellent material for electronic and optical applications, owing to a range of extraordinary material properties. Although diamond is highly insulating in its bulk, its surface, once terminated by hydrogen, can develop an intriguing p-type surface conductivity which can be rationally tailored by interfacing diamond with other materials. The two-dimensional hole gas (2DHG) on diamond surface, which supports the surface conductivity, also exhibits many interesting quantum properties that can …

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

3D patient assessment: automated metrics

The future of healthcare involves the application of 3D and computational technologies throughout the entire patient journey. This project involves developing technology, software, and processes to enable automated measurements of patient anatomy which can be used for the manufacture of customised elastic pressure garments and dressings. Pressure garments are often used in burn injury treatment to apply pressure to the burn scarring and reduce scar severity as well as support healing. Currently the clinical team must use measuring tape to …

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

Simulating the mechanical properties of PCL scaffolds produced by melt electrowriting (MEW) technique for rotator cuff repair

The treatment of rotator cuff (shoulder) repair is sub-optimal with up to 50% failure rate in the first year. This situation is very alarming. One cause of implant failure is its poor mechanical strength as the rotator cuff is loaded under static as well as dynamic conditions.Fatigue testing of scaffold structures is costly and time consuming process. Other factors such as relative density, cell topology, and struts' geometry also effect the fatigue behaviours of materials. Hence, the study of these …

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

FEA study into ankle kinematics and traumatic injury to the talar dome

The HBI has been conducting research into talar dome morphology for the past several years. We have demonstrated links between tibial pilon fractures and talar dome injuries not previously identified in the literature. Current literature has reported only 3 cases of injury to the talar dome during a tibial pilon fracture.However, over the last 10 years at the RBWH, we have identified 58 cases. These injuries have been digitally mapped and combined to observe common fracture patterns. With extensive access …

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

Biological engineering of waste into functional fungal mycelial composites

This project aims to take a waste material and repurpose it using fungal mycelial mats to penetrate and bind the organic compounds.Numerous residues from agriculture and the urban lifestyle comprise of carbon polymeric chains that are accessible to fungi. Fungi grow on and within these structures and can generate a bound matrix that has notably different properties. Various fungal strains will be assessed fro growth and colonization of various agricultural residues (e.g. sugarcane trash, bagasse, paunch) and urban waste (cardboard, …

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

Computational modelling of fluid flows at the microscale

Computer modelling techniques are key to develop fundamental understanding of the flow physics at the microscale. Miniaturising devices, in particular for biology and bio-engineering applications become crucial to realise the full potential of those devices. Numerical techniques will play a pivotal role in achieving such optimal miniaturisation through improving our understanding of the flow phenomena at those scales and optimising those devices.

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

Computational modelling in renewable energy

Computational modelling is a key element of designing robust and efficient mechanical systems. This is particular true for renewable energy where efficiency improvements are key to develop new economically-viable technologies.

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

Optimisation of nanostructured features for enhanced antibacterial response

Inspired from the insect wing nanostructures, we have fabricated several surfaces that have efficiently killed bacterial cells. However, small changes in nanoscale features immensely affects the bacterial killing rate. There is a need to optimise certain parameters in the fabrication step such that an enhanced bacterial killing rate is achieved.

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Information Systems

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