Airborne viruses travel further and remain viable longer
Professor Lidia Morawska, Director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, and collaborators have found that when a person coughs or sneezes, germs travel further and bacteria stay alive longer than previously thought. The information has implications for cystic fibrosis treatment and practices in hospitals and care centres.Read the full story
Finding solutions to environmental pollutants
Professor Godwin Ayoko's research is focused on developing new materials and analytical methods for finding and removing environmental pollutants. He is particularly interested in air and water quality solutions, and is currently identifying and monitoring persistent pollutants in stormwater, freshwater, estuarine and marine environments.
Sustainability in industry
Professor Graeme Millar is investigating new materials for sustainable engineering practices. He's currently researching ways to make the brackish water generated during coal seam gas extraction suitable for reuse options like irrigation, dust suppression and livestock water.
Advanced materials for next generation green energy
Meeting energy demands will be one of the biggest challenges we face in the next century. Associate Professor Ziqi Sun is exploring the great potential of novel graphene-like 2D materials for energy applications, including devices to facilitate the wide spread of electric vehicles, renewable energy storage and next generation solar panels.
Research to reduce risk of airborne infection
Dr Graham Johnson's ARC Discovery Grant is helping him to prove if it's possible to disrupt the surface proteins of airborne viruses via the deliquescence and efflorescence behaviour of salts naturally present in cough aerosol. This research could be used to reduce the risk of airborne infection in indoor environments.
Our research aims to advance knowledge to develop new materials and green technologies for environmental remediation and monitoring with a focus on air, water and soil quality monitoring for:
- environmental and health impact assessment
- environmental pollutants' effect on climate
- pollution modelling.
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