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Biocatalysis of methane into high value products

There are numerous instances where methane is released into the atmosphere, or wasted as flare gas. Methane mitigation is of global concern, as it is at least 20 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide.Methanotrophs are a unique set of bacteria capable of oxidising methane. Environmentally, they are responsible for sequestering an enormous volume of methane released from biological processes such as anaerobic digestion.From a Biotechnology perspective, they have great potential for generating products such as and represent …

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

Clinical implementation of 3D printed therapies

The future of healthcare involves the application of 3D and computational technologies throughout the entire patient journey. One early and important application of these technologies involves 3D printing transparent rigid face masks for children and adults with severe facial burns. These masks, called TFO's, provide constant pressure for up to two years to the burn injury. This reduces both scarring and the need for reconstructive surgery.Current fabrication of these highly personalised masks is traumatic, inaccurate and labour intensive; requiring physical …

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

Mechanical properties of polymer nanocomposites

Polymer nanocomposite is one of the areas that receiving extensive academic and industry attention due to their intriguing properties and novel applications. There is an increasing interest to design nanocomposites with excellent mechanical properties by adding nanofillers. However, from the experimental perspective, the design process is very slow based on a trial and error process. In this regard, the application of high performance computing can greatly accelerate the design of novel nanocomposite.

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

Solar driven organic transformations by low-cost catalysts

This project will mainly involve the design of new catalysts for realizing important organic transformations. Much work will be done regarding analysis of molecules as well as materials characterization using X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and other methods.

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

Surface engineering of Ga2O3 for nanoelectronic devices

Ga2O3 is an emerging wide-bandgap semiconducting material that has received enormous attention in recent years due to its potential application in power devices, UV detectors and military applications that are unattainable by conventional semiconductors such as silicon.The operation and performance of these type of electronic devices rely critically on the surface quality and properties of the semiconducting materials. However, the surface atomic structures and electronic structures of Ga2O3 single crystals are not yet fully understood.The principal aim of this project …

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

Data augmentation for training deep learning networks to detect brain lesions from MRI

Detecting lesions from medical imaging is a difficult tasks for radiologists that is time-consuming and subjective. Artificial intelligence (AI) techniques could outperform humans but there is a lack of well-characterised, large datasets available for training purposes.This PhD project will focus on data augmentation techniques using synthetic approaches, as well as weekly supervised learning.This project is part of a large team of researchers involving startups, CSIRO, QUT faculties and several postdoc and PhD students. …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Molecular Lego: building new materials piece-by-piece on surfaces

Single-atom thick materials represent the ultimate spatial limit for thin films.  At single-atom thickness, new physical properties can emerge along with new opportunities for reducing the size and operating power of devices made from these ultrathin materials.One of the main challenges in contemporary materials science lies in synthesising and characterising new single-atom thick materials.

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

Creation of fibrous tissue at moving interfaces

The extracellular matrix (ECM) secreted by cells is composed of a meshwork of fibres infiltrated with proteins and/or minerals. This fibre meshwork often matures after its creation by rearranging its structure. In this project, the fibre meshwork will be represented by a continuous anisotropic field. …

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

Analysis of the Acromioclavicular Joint Architecture

Acromioclavicular (AC) dislocation is a common injury, but treatments are varied and controversial.To better understand why the joint is dislocating, the Orthopaedic clinical program of the Herston Biofabrication Institute is looking to conduct a study to observe anatomical differences between patients who suffer from recurrent A/C dislocation and patients with healthy shoulders.

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

Phylogenetic comparison between clonal P. aeruginosa strains and global, clinical strains of P. aeruginosa

QUT researchers have recently sequenced the genomes of a selection of clonal P. aeruginosa strains that are know to cause severe hospital-acquired infections in the United Kingdom and Australia.The phylogenetic relationship between these strains and other global, clinical P. aeruginosa strains is unclear.

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

Can pathogenic bacteria 'percieve' the tissue types in their environment?

Pathogenic bacteria have a range of mechanisms by which they perceive their environment. It is not clear if pathogenic bacteria have the capacity to perceive the tissue type in which they reside but, if such capacity is present, it is likely to involve the action of secreted proteases.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

Conversion of lignin-rich residues to functional carbons for environmental remediation and energy storage

Lignoncellulosic biomass such as sugarcane bagasse and corn stover is the most abundant bioresource on Earth. It is also a potential renewable feedstock for the production of biofuels and biochemical.However, biochemical processes only utilise cellulose and hemicellulose in biomass, leaving lignin and undigested carbohydrate residue as a waste.

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

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