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
Discipline Leader: Professor Godwin Ayoko
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.
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.
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.
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
- pollution modelling
- adverse effects of environmental pollutants on climate.
Our research applications include:
- environmental remediation and pollution control
- clean transportation and fuels, including electric vehicles
- reparation and purification
- carbon capture and sequestration
- sustainable resource utilisation, recovery and recycling
- technological and economic sustainability
- bioprocessing and waste valorisation to energy and chemicals
- recovering hazardous waste and turning it into useful materials
- uncovering the effects of aerosols on the climate
- the physio-chemical characterisation of air pollutants.
Category 1 funded research projects
ARC Discovery Project
This project aims to investigate the role of reactive volatile organic compounds from vehicles using alternative fuels in the formation and evolution of secondary organic aerosols (SOA). Expected outcomes include a greatly improved understanding of the mechanisms and precursors of SOA formation. The benefits should provide the knowledge needed to set vehicle emission regulations that can properly control urban air pollution episodes because the mechanisms and precursors of its formation will be better understood.
The project will also provide an experimental framework that will guide policy formulation and provide the science needed for development of strategies to improve air quality and health.
A portable multiplexed sensing platform for the rapid stand-off detection of chemical hazards and concealed explosives
Researchers from QUT, Flinders Universities and the department of defence science and technology (DST) will build a miniaturised laser based dual sensing capability that can safely identify hidden chemical threats from a standoff distance and provide information about their molecular structure.
The new capability will contribute to safeguarding the Australian public, Defence personnel and sensitive infrastructure.
This project is funded through the Counter Improvised Threats Grand Challenge: an initiative of Defence’s Next Generation Technologies.
State-of-the-art air quality sensing network for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018: engaging the community and showcasing QUT as a global leader in innovative technologies
QUT Engagement Innovation Grant
This project aims to establish and operate a state-of-the-art miniature air quality sensing network at and around the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games village and provide real time, visualised communication of the monitoring data.
This collaboration with the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) and Southport State High school students from will showcase, literally to the world, QUT’s advancement in this cutting edge technology, engagement of the public in air quality considerations in South East Queensland. It will also deliver a highly valued STEM learning experience for secondary students.
ARC Linkage Project
This project aims to develop innovative, cost-effective, high-resolution air quality networks. Recent developments in sensor technologies improve the ability to harvest atmospheric data. This project will develop, validate and implement methods for high sensitivity atmospheric sensing and apply cutting-edge statistical and analytic techniques to the data sets, unprecedented in scope and resolution.
Outcomes include an open access database to quantify and visualise intra-urban air pollution and human exposure and develop air quality maps and smoke pollution management tools.
The project aims to develop novel photocatalysts for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) into useful products using solar energy. The project also plans to identify the photocatalytic mechanisms of the catalysts by investigating the reaction systems, such as the interface morphology, structure coherence and energy alignment of the component phases and reactant. Innovative technologies in the field of sunlight-driven photocatalysis have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Every cloud drop is formed from a microscopic aerosol particle, known as a cloud condensation nuclei (CCN). In unpolluted environments the CCN particles originate from biogenic sources. Determining the magnitude and driving factors of biogenic aerosol production in different ecosystems is crucial to the development and improvement of climate models.
This project aims to determine the mechanisms of new particle production from one of the biggest ecosystems in Australia, the Great Barrier Reef. It is expected that the project will establish whether marine aerosol along the Queensland coast is coral-derived and show that this aerosol can affect the CCN concentration and therefore cloud formation and the hydrological cycle.
The major issue of mining is the enormous amounts of waste rock and tailings that require disposal in lined dams and the potential of acid mine drainage occurring upon exposure of the waste materials to air and water. This research aims to develop a treatment process that not only produces water for beneficial use or discharge but also to concentrate the valuable metals in the treatment sludge to a point that they become economically viable to recover.
This project will reduce the environmental impact of mining in Queensland along with off-setting treatment costs with the recovery of valuable metals as well as minimising waste disposal.
- Marine National Facility
- Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisations (CSIRO)
- Department of Education & Training
- Department of Environment and Science
- Department of Public Works
- Department of Transport and Main Roads
- National Measurement Institute
- SafeWork Australia
- Workplace Health & Safety Queensland
- Curtin University
- Deakin University
- Flinders University
- Griffith University
- Macquarie University
- Monash University
- RMIT University
- University of Melbourne
- University of New South Wales
- University of Queensland
- University of the Sunshine Coast
- University of Sydney
- University of Western Australia
- University of Wollongong
- Aix Marseille Université
- Belgrade University, Serbia
- Fraunhofer Institute, Germany
- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
- Lublin University of Technology, Poland
- Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland
- Rostock University, Germany
- Università di Brescia, Italy
- Università di Roma La Sapienza, Italy
- Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
- University of Cassino, Italy
- University of Pannonia, Hungary
- University of Salzburg, Austria
- Australia-China Centre for Air Quality Science and Management
- City University of Hong Kong, HK, China
- Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES), Beijing
- Dalian University of Technology, China
- East China University of Science and Technology
- Fudan University
- Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry (GIG), Chinese Academy of Sciences
- City University of Hong Kong, HK, China
- Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK
- Jinan University, China
- Peking University, China
- Shanghai Academy of Environmental Sciences, China
- Sun Yat-Sen University, China
- Tsinghua University, China
- The University of Hong Kong
Are you looking to study at a higher or more detailed level? We are currently looking for students to research topics at a variety of study levels, including PhD, Masters, Honours or the Vacation Research Experience Scheme (VRES).
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