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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

Blockchain's application to infrastructure funding

While Blockchain's application as a cryptocurrency is relatively well-known, its application to broader business applications is often misunderstood or underestimated. As an "incorruptible digital ledger of ... transactions that can be programmed to record ... virtually anything of value" (Tapscott & Tapscott, 2016), this technology holds the potential to radically simplify how business opportunities are funded and controlled. This research seeks to understand how the block chain may be used to improve infrastructure funding and control by developing a model …

Study level
Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Accountancy

Forced saving: a comparative analysis of mandatory retirement funding schemes in Australia and Hong Kong

Population ageing has necessitated the need for governments in different parts of the world to implement reform in retirement saving policy to lessen reliance on publicly funded retirement benefits.In addition to voluntary savings encouraged through concessional tax treatment, employment-related compulsory retirement saving schemes are mandated in a number of jurisdictions. While the Australian government legislated the superannuation guarantee (SG) scheme in 1992, nearly a decade later the Hong Kong government implemented the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) scheme.There is a range …

Study level
Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Accountancy

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