Science and Engineering

Grants and achievements

Excellence in Research for Australia rankings

In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report, all of our research areas at the broad discipline level ranked 3/5 (at world standard) and above.

We ranked 5/5 (well above world standard) in:

  • agricultural biotechnology
  • geology
  • information systems
  • macromolecular and materials chemistry
  • materials engineering
  • numerical and computational mathematics
  • statistics

We ranked 4/5 (above world standard) in:

  • applied mathematics
  • biomedical engineering
  • data format
  • electrical and electronic engineering
  • environmental engineering
  • environmental science and management
  • electrical and electronic engineering
  • evolutionary biology
  • mechanical engineering
  • organic chemistry
  • other physical sciences
  • physical chemistry (including structural).

Australian Research Council grants

Funding awarded in 2016

ARC Discovery Projects

  • $365,000 - Understanding the composition and dynamics of the troposphere and informing strategies to improve air quality to Professor Stephen Blanksby.
  • $310,000 - Developing a low cost and efficient photo-catalyst for splitting water into clean hydrogen fuel to Associate Professor Aijun Du.
  • $410,500 - Creating techniques for 3D visualisation of x-rays in clinical practice, human pose estimation, and 3D planning for orthopaedic minimally invasive surgery to Professor Clinton Fookes.
  • $214,500 - Providing insight into urban industry dynamics and changing how Australians conceptualise urban cultural policy to Dr Carl Grodach.
  • $415,500 - Examining the deformation and facture in brittle ceramic nanowire materials and anelastic behaviour in tensile deformation to Professor YuanTong Gu.
  • $303,000 - Researching the modulation of air-conditioning settings to destroy respiratory viruses to Dr Graham Johnson.
  • $420,500 - Visualising and analysing big sound data to detect patterns of animal and bird calls at different temporal and spatial scales, for monitoring the environment with insight and accuracy to Professor Paul Roe.
  • $392,000 - Developing mathematical models of cell migration in 3D living tissues to Professor Matthew Simpson.
  • $285,000 - Cloud scheduling and management of modern energy systems with real-time communication support to Professor Yu-Chu Tian.
  • $499,500 - Investigating a novel hypothesis to increase seed yield and vigour for increased crop yield to Professor Peter Waterhouse.
  • $117,000 - Delivering sustainable retirement villages to better accommodate older Australians and assess their effects on the growth of the retirement village industry to Dr Bo Xia.

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA)

  • $360,000 - Developing an inverse photoemission spectrometer to bring critical insight to the field of molecular materials, with potential widespread applications from energy conversion to sensing and electronics to Dr Jennifer MacLeod.

ARC Future Fellowships

  • $652,000 - Electronic coupling and nanoscale engineering of 2D nanojunctions and the design of low-cost and high-efficiency renewable energy devices to Dr Ting Liao.

Linkage infrastructure, equipment and facilities

Funding awarded in 2015

ARC Discovery Projects

  • $435,000 - Developing a new framework to support successful deployment of resilient 'prosumer-based' energy systems to Professor Gerard Ledwich.
  • $430,000 - Novel plasma-enabled processes for low-cost, energy-efficient and scalable growth of graphene films for touch screen devices to Professor Kostya Ostrikov.
  • $390,00 - Developing an electrical network costing framework that appropriately rewards customers who act to reduce network stress to Professor Gerard Ledwich.
  • $360,000 - Transforming traditional civil structures into smart structures to Professor Tommy Chan.
  • $310,000 - Novel cold-formed, light-gauge steel frame wall systems with superior fire resistance to Professor Mahen Mahendran.
  • $305,500 - Novel statistical tools for more accurate prediction by taking account of model complexity and uncertainties associated with the fitting procedure to Professor You-Gan Wang.
  • $290,000 - Developing an improved battery management system to smooth the intermittent contribution of renewable energy sources to the grid to Professor Mahinda Vilathgamuwa.
  • $210,000 - Policy synergies between environmental, economic, and social policies for a low-carbon economy and sustainable prosperity to Professor Greg Marston.

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA)

  • $382,000 - Computationally efficient and scalable Bayesian algorithms to Dr Christopher Drovandi.
  • $375,000 - Developing novel photocatalysts for reducing carbon dioxide to useful products using solar energy to Dr Jingsan Xu.
  • $352,000 - Improving plant natural products yields and diversifying products manufactured from wide array of plants to Dr Cara Mortimer.
  • $336,000 - Efficiently operating mixed traffic flow of traditional, connected and automated vehicles to Dr Zuduo Zheng.
  • $298,000 - Understanding customer quality perceptions of digital services to optimise their experiences to Dr Mary Tate.

ARC Future Fellowships

  • $812,460 - Developing a new 3D moulding process for generating soft materials containing the bio-inks (micro-channels) that supply nutrients and remove waste products from 3D printed body organs, for the long-term survival of replacement organs, to Associate Professor Tim Dargaville.

Research chairs

Other research highlights

  • Professor Christopher Barner-Kowollik has been recognised with an Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Laurete Fellowship valued at $3.276 million. The award will fund his project: Light-induced chemical modularity: a new frontier in macromolecular design, which will enable critical advances in soft matter material design with significant technology implications for Australian manufacturing industries, ranging from electronics to health.
  • Research by the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities (CTCB) into the creation of a vitamin-A-enriched 'superbanana' was featured in Time magazine's listing of The 25 Best Inventions of 2014.
  • QUT's International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health (ILAQH) is a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre on the global burden of disease due to air pollution. The ILAQH is the only research facility in Australia specialising in environmental aerosol science with an emphasis on fine and ultra-fine particles. Director of the ILAQH, Professor Lidia Morawska (Physics), received the prestigious Clean Air Medal at the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand 2011 conference in Auckland.
  • Professor Peter Bartlett (Mathematical Sciences), has been awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship, one of Australia's most prestigious fellowships. The fellowship will provide nearly $2.8 million of funding over five years to advance statistical machine learning research at QUT.
  • We host a leading Australian group in research funding for building energy use and energy efficiency, and have received more than $11 million in energy-specific research funding in the past 3 years.
  • We received over $16 million in funding in the last 10 years for our research in nanotechnology.
  • Emeritus Professor Ray Frost (Chemistry) recently received an h-index in Web of Science of 50. This is an outstanding achievement that indicates that Professor Frost has 50 publications each with 50 citations. The Herfindahl Index attempts to measure both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar.


Science and Engineering research office

  • Level 4, O Block
    Gardens Point