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Did COVID change our energy use patterns?

COVID has changed how many people's lives in profound ways. One aspect is how we work, study and use energy.This research project aims to answer two questions:Did energy use change for CBD, urban, suburbs and rural areas when we were experiencing lockdowns?If there were changes, how much has been changed and when the change happened, e.g time of a day, or day of a week?

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Architecture and Built Environment

Climate cooling or warming - study into Australian cities' long term temperature records

40% of global CO2 emission is related to buildings. Temperature is often a highly correlated factor for commercial/educational/healthcare building energy use and electricity peak demand.To forecast how temperature may change in the case of "business as usual" for the coming decades, we can study major Australian cities' long term temperature records.The two research questions for this project are:how did temperature change for Australian cities over the past 30 or more years?, e.g. for all capital cities and major regional centres.if …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Architecture and Built Environment

Resurrecting ancient enzymes for high-temperature biocatalysis

Cytochrome P450 enzymes (P450s) can be used to perform a range of chemical transformations with exquisite selectivity that can be difficult or sometimes impossible to achieve with conventional synthetic chemistry. However, most enzymes are incompatible with the high temperatures encountered in industrial processes.Ancestral protein reconstruction is a computational technique where you can try to predict an ancient protein sequence by building a phylogenetic tree based on evolutionarily-related sequences from the present day. Professor Elizabeth Gillam from The University of Queensland …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Biology and Environmental Science
Research centre(s)
Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy

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