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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
Science and Engineering Faculty

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
Science and Engineering Faculty

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

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
Science and Engineering Faculty

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
Science and Engineering Faculty

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
Science and Engineering Faculty

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
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

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
Science and Engineering Faculty

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
Science and Engineering Faculty

Mushroom proteins and medicinal compounds from waste

Australia generates thousands of tonnes of organic waste residues related to agriculture (e.g. sugar and cotton industries). These are generally unsuitable as bacterial growth substrates, but can be utilised by fungi. Fungi have developed an array of enzymes that allow them to access cellular building blocks and energy stored in recalcitrant carbon or ligno-cellulosic/hemi-cellulosic waste material.The aim of this project is to harness the fungi’s ability to access this carbon and generate fungal biomass (mycelia), fruiting bodies (mushrooms) and bioactive …

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

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
Science and Engineering Faculty

Toward a gamified mobile application to improve eco-driving

The benefits of games have been increasingly recognized in academic research and industrial practice, which is why products and services that are not usually associated with games, are increasingly gamified. In this regard, gamified mobile applications are used in diverse areas such as education, health, crowdsourcing, or sustainability. This research has a focus on the field of environmental sustainability, specifically, the focus is on smartphone-based systems that support eco-driving.Such systems provide visual displays showing the acceleration and braking performance that …

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

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