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Uncertainty, Investor Sentiment and Financial Market Anomalies

The purpose of this research is to explore the roles played by uncertainty and investor sentiment in explaining financial market anomalies documented in the existing literature. The financial market anomalies of interest include, but are not limited to, the size effect, the value effect, the momentum effect, asset-related anomalies, investment-related anomalies, etc. 

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Economics and Finance

Waste to wealth

This project relates to the conversion of waste products from the mining industry into useful products.

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

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

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

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

Turning waste into value using biotechnology

Waste has become a key challenge in society for economic, social and environmental reasons. QUT has a long history of converting waste to more valuable products in agriculture industries and is now also focusing on livestock, fashion and domestic waste. We bring together transdisciplinary teams of researchers to solve the complex challenges associated with accessing, sorting, processing and transforming wastes with teams including scientists, engineers, designers, business people and lawyers.

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Treatment of mine wastewaters

Mining processes create wastewater that is typically unsuitable for release into the environment without some form of treatment. Treatments will vary depending on the composition of the wastewater and where the water is to be reused.

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

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

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

Water for remote communities

This project relates to the development of suitable technologies to provide clean drinking water to remote communities. Strategies may include the use of renewable energy to power the various techniques used.

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

Development of low cost desalination technologies

This project encompasses a range of technologies for the low cost desalination of impaired water sources, such as those produced by the oil and gas industry or mining sector.

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

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