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Looking for koalas with drones: project 1

Koalas are an iconic and economically important species for Australia. Threats to koalas have reduced numbers drastically over the past 20 years, and while these threats continue, koala numbers will continue to decline in Queensland and NSW. In this project, you will explore issues related to the better detection of koalas using advanced technologies such as drones.

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

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

Addressing contemporary urban planning and development challenges

The research aims to address a contemporary urban planning and development challenge by focusing on one of the following three broad research areas:Investigation into intelligent urban technologies and formation of smart citiesResearch topics in this area include:urban technologysmart citiessmart communitiestechnology convergence and built environmentubiquitous eco-citysmart urban and transport modellingautonomous vehiclesintelligent urban management systemsonline public participatory planningweb-based decision/planning support systems.Investigation into knowledge-based urban development and formation of knowledge citiesResearch topics in this area include:knowledge-based urban/regional developmentknowledge citiescreative urban regionsknowledge economyknowledge industriesknowledge …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

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

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

Addressing contemporary urbanisation challenges

The research aims to address contemporary urbanisation (urban planning, development and management) challenges by focusing on one of the following three broad research areas: Investigation into intelligent urban technologies and formation of smart citiesResearch topics in this area include:urban technologysmart citiessmart communitiestechnology convergence and built environmentubiquitous eco-citysmart urban and transport modellingautonomous vehiclesintelligent urban management systemsonline public participatory planningweb-based decision/planning support systems. Investigation into knowledge-based urban development and formation of knowledge citiesResearch topics in this area include:knowledge-based urban/regional developmentknowledge citiescreative urban …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Regulation of waste

The next looming environmental crisis is the waste crisis. Regulation is desperately needed to encourage a shift towards a circular economy - defined as a system-wide innovation that aims to redefine products and services to design waste out, while minimising negative impacts (Ellen Macarthur Foundation).Rowena is interested in supervising empirical research projects looking at the following topics:Waste reduction strategies of Australian governmentsRegulation needed for a circular economyInternational trade of waste and associated agreementsSustainable fashionFood wastePlastic reductionE-waste …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Queensland University of Technology
Lead unit
International Law and Global Governance program

Sustainable hydrogen production

The hydrogen economy is rapidly developing, especially in Japan and Australia.An attractive means of generating hydrogen is by splitting water using electrocatalysts. This project is focused on integration of concentrated solar photovoltaic systems with novel electrocatalysis systems with high efficiency for hydrogen production.

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

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

Computer vision and machine learning for wildlife abundance estimation

Wildlife surveys are a key tool used to manage threatened and endangered species. Historically, these have been performed manually, however a growing number of surveys are using drones and automated detection techniques to both reduce the cost and improve the overall accuracy. For this to be effective, the species of interest needs to be reliably detected in the target footage, and needs to be tracked to ensure that each animal is only counted once. QUT has already developed an approach …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Development of natural mineral based novel materials for water harvesting from the air

Development of novel materials for agricultural use with the aim to increase water availability from soil for plants in arid area has been one of the most important research topics. However, available products are very limited and more importantly, they are very expensive and not environmental friendly, which make them not practical for real use.In addition, most of these materials adsorb moisture at very high relative humidity (RH), consequently, we need a viable solution to the capture of water from …

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

Development of smart packaging materials from biomass

There are increasing environmental problem associated with the durable and long lasting plastics from fossil resources accumulating and not breaking down in the environment. The growing demand by the general public to reduce carbon footprints and issues surrounding the disposal of fossil-based plastics have led stringent government legislations that have driven manufacturers to increase investment in biodegradable compostable materials.Total consumption of biodegradable polymers is growing by 15% annually around the world. However, high prices and limited application have stifled growth.Smart …

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

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