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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

Spider silk: structure, mechanics and processing

Spider silks possess a range of qualities that are rarely found simultaneously in one material, and it is no surprise that an enormous effort has been made to replicate or learn from them.1,2 Toughness, extensibility and strength are only a few of the desirable traits that make spider silk of such interest. Silk is biodegradable and, unlike synthetic high-performance fibres such as Kevlar, it is extremely lightweight.3,4 A further advantage lies in its processing conditions and requirements. Whereas production of …

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

Retaining and regaining hydrogel mechanical properties

Hydrogels have great potential in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, where they serve as an artificial extracellular matrix. However, they typically have poor mechanical properties, which limits their applications.  Double network hydrogels can overcome some of these limitations, with substantially improved stiffness and toughness compared to traditional single network hydrogels.  Nonetheless, double network hydrogels can lose these properties over time and with repeated loading.

Study level
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

Understanding and exploiting the phenomenal properties of collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and, as one of its principal building blocks, plays a dominant role in the function of many tissues. As such, the structure-property-function relationships in collagen are central to understanding health and disease, and developing materials-based strategies for regenerative medicine. A better understanding of these relationships further provides a biomimetic target for high-performance, multifunctional fibre-based materials in applications outside of biomedicine. The defining feature of collagen is an elegant structural motif …

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

2D metal oxide nanomaterials for sustainable energy applications

Two-dimensional (2D) transition metal oxide systems present exotic electronic properties and high specific surface areas, and also demonstrate promising applications ranging from electronics to energy storage. Yet, in contrast to other types of nanostructures, the question as to whether we could assemble 2D nanomaterials with an atomic thickness from molecules in a general way, which would give them some amazing properties such as those of graphene, still remains unresolved.In this project, we intend to synthesise well-crystallised, ultrathin transition metal oxide …

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

Surgery with rockets

Self-propelled nano/microscale rockets have been developed that consume locally supplied chemical fuels to generate thrust, analogous to how large rocket engines ignite onboard propellants. Such rockets offer tremendous advantages as nano/microdevices. They can be designed for low or high velocities (up to 1000 body lengths/sec), can tow large loads, have remarkable design flexibility, and allow surface functionalisation with nanomaterials and biomolecules.1,2Unlike their macroscale counterparts, these rockets have the advantage of harvesting their chemical fuel directly from their surrounding environment. In …

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

Development of functional, nanostructured materials

In this project, we are looking to develop:a highly sensitive and selective metal oxide thin film gas sensing devicean efficient and stable perovskite solar cell using metal oxide thin films.

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

Advanced materials for future rechargeable battery technologies

Rechargeable batteries are used as energy sources for many devices, including electric vehicles, mobile phones and portable computers. Since today’s world is becoming more dependent on portable and wearable IT equipment, there is a huge demand for the rapid development of rechargeable battery technologies with a long cycle life and low environmental pollution. Moreover, the depletion of fossil fuels has drawn significant attention to renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar and tidal. These energy sources are seasonal and require …

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, 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

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

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

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