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Ruminant digestion of temperate, sub-tropical, and tropical fodders

The nutritional value of fodder, a type of animal feed, varies depending on the climate in which it is produced (i.e., temperate, sub-tropical, and tropical). The reasons for these differences has not been fully explained.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Biology and Environmental Science
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Investigating the mechanical properties of temperate, subtropical, and tropical fodder

There is strong, qualitative evidence that fodder crops produced in the tropics are 'tougher' and less nutritious than fodder crops produced in subtropical and temperate regions.However, tools that can quantify the mechanical properties of fodder crops, particularly those with direct relevance to feeding and nutrition, are lacking.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Biology and Environmental Science
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Biowaste-derived materials for sustainable batteries

Biomass waste is an abundant and sustainable source for producing carbon-derived electrode materials. These materials play a crucial role in energy storage devices, such as lithium-ion and potassium-ion batteries.While biomass waste is abundant, their raw carbon materials can't be utilised as electrode materials directly in rechargeable batteries. Various treatment methods have been developed to tailor the materials' properties for improved battery performance. This includes:pore size distributionsurface chemistrygraphitisation degree.This project aims to develop new kinds of electrode materials from biomass waste …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Chemistry and Physics
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Degradation modelling & maintenance planning for biomass boilers

Biomass boilers are critical for the generation of steam for industrial use and power generation. However, these boilers degrade over time and failure result in costly forced shutdowns.The aim of this project is to develop and validate new models to describe key degradation mechanisms (erosion, corrosion, etc.). We'll then use these models to develop new inspection, maintenance, and renewal plans.The project will make use of real operational data to develop both physical and stochastic process models to describe future failure …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Chemical characterisation of biomass burning smoke particles using Electrospray-Orbitrap mass spectrometry

Australian bushfires and prescribed biomass burning (BB) have a significant impact on both human health as well as global and regional climate.While emissions from traditional sources, such as vehicles and power plants are expected to decline due to more stringent regulations, air pollution from BB smoke is expected to continue growing.The impact of BB smoke particulate matter on human health will depend on their chemical and physical properties. However, that information for smoke from Australian ecosystems is very limited.The aim …

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
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