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Plasma catalysis

Plasma catalysis is a rapidly emerging multidisciplinary field at the interface of catalysis, nanotechnology, physical chemistry, materials and plasma science. Relevant applications include plasma-assisted catalytic reforming of gas mixtures into fuels, chemicals and synthesis of functional nanomaterials.While the physical properties and reactive chemistry of atmospheric-pressure plasmas (APPs) are relatively well understood, little is known about the mechanisms of the APP interactions with the nanometer-size features on the surface of catalyst nanoparticles (NPs). These mechanisms are crucial to explain the effects …

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

Plasma cleantech

Plasma cleantech is a rapidly emerging multidisciplinary research and development topic focusing on the development of novel advanced technologies for environmental purification and/or processing, manufacturing or other industrial technologies that reduce environmental and human health impacts.

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

Thermal conductivity of carbon nanomaterials

Thermal management is one of the critical issues related with advanced electronics. To ensure the operation, it is important for the heat removal or isolation. Due their high thermal conductivity, carbon nanomaterials have played a unique role in thermal management area.

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

Potential of grazing management to impact soil methane consumption in rangelands

The Australian beef industry has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. This mammoth task will require all sinks and sources of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the industry, including:carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration in soils and plant biomassreduced nitrous oxide from fertiliser and urine sources increasing microbial methane (CH4) consumption (uptake) in soils.The large extent of rangelands across western Queensland, NSW and the Northern Territory offers massive potential for carbon abatement, assuming we can get the management right. However, current …

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

Carbon-based supercapacitors from graphene and 2D materials

With the exponentially growing portion of electricity generated from renewable resources (solar, wind, and tidal power) in total electricity production throughout the globe, the mission of implementing environment-friendly energy storage technology is even more important to the future sustainable economy.Supercapacitors are expected to overcome the storage and the charging speed of the traditional batteries in the near future, opening new avenues for renewable energy resources. Graphene and its compounds, graphene oxide, nanotubes, are targeted as materials to increase the charge …

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

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

Nitrogen and carbon leaching losses from northern Australian mango soils

Mangoes are a significant tree crop in tropical climates of Australia with an annual value $140M and a rapidly developing export market.There is a major push at all levels of government for the economic development of northern Australia by expanding these agricultural industries. However, northern soils are vastly different and more difficult to manage compared to the well-established agricultural regions in southern Australia.A better understanding of these unique soil properties, and how they response to agricultural management practices, is therefore …

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

Synthesis of electode materials for all carbon based batteries

Chemical batteries are listed in the top five key energy technologies ahead of others such as:natural gaswind turbineshydrogenelectric motors.We are currently investigating the use of polymers containing free-radicals as avenues to produce environmentally friendly, lightweight and durable materials for the fabrication of printed carbon batteries or as a catholyte in redox flow batteries.

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

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