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Value-added building materials using Queensland’s natural mineral resources

This project aims to develop new and improved bricks for the household consumer and building construction markets. The project will use pilot trials to demonstrate that current production methods can be modified to generate improved brick qualities by including suitable amounts of locally-sourced industrial minerals as surface finishes or bulk additives.Existing and undeveloped sources of industrial minerals – clays and oxides – such as kaolinite, hematite, magnetite, pyrolusite, diatomite and pyrophyllite will be evaluated to impart new properties for specialised …

Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Disciplines
Energy and process engineering
Mechanical systems and asset management
Earth sciences
Study levels
PhD
Research Masters
Honours

Synthesis of robust desalination membranes with high water permeability

The aim of this project is to use in-situ polymerisation to create an interpenetrated network of hydrophilic polymer within the less hydrophilic support layer of desalination membranes. Increased hydrophilicity is expected to increase water flux and hence desalination efficiency without a negative effect on water permeability.

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Study levels
PhD
Research Masters
Honours

High temperature superconductors

The field of superconductivity is at the forefront of scientific and technological revolutions that are poised to transform completely the global energy sector through lower cost and more efficient generation, distribution and storage of electricity.With 32 classes of materials and at least 500 specific compounds that meet the key criteria for superconductivity, the search is well underway for the precise combination of atomic-scale parameters that enables room temperature Tc. A key tool to predict higher temperature superconductors is density functional …

Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Disciplines
Energy and process engineering
Nanotechnology and molecular science
Applied and computational mathematics

Computational modelling in porous media

We are offering opportunities to conduct research in developing computationally efficient, modelling approaches for simulating multiphase transport in heterogeneous porous media.This has importance to such disparate applications as ground water flow, the extraction of coal seam gas, and drying.There are additional complexities in terms of developing and implementing new numerical approaches that may also benefit from supercomputers.

Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences
Study levels
PhD
Research Masters
Honours

Comparative detection and habitat modelling strategies for threatened mammal conservation: a case study using the endangered carnivorous marsupial antechinus arktos

This project looks at the relative efficacy of various detection methods:traditional Elliott (metal box) trapsnovel use of white flash remote camerasnovel application of a springer spaniel detection doginvestigation of never before trialled species-specific animal pheromones in detecting.It will then involve closing the loop on distribution and abundance, of the recently discovered, endangered carnivorous marsupial Black-tailed Dusky Antechinus (A. arktos), by applying predictive habitat modelling across the scenic rim. …

Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

The reduction of multi-scale porous electrode models using approximation methods

Two-phase porous electrodes are at the heart of many modern day energy storage technologies such as batteries and solar cells. To effectively simulate the operation of these structures a multi-scale mathematical modelling approach is required. This approach results in a system of stiff, coupled, nonlinear partial differential equations that require numerical solution.

Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences
Study levels
Research Masters
Honours

Synthesis of thin film composite membranes with high salt rejection for desalination

The aim of this project is to create a very thin layer of polyamide on ultrafiltration membrane supports. Ultrafiltration membranes will be fabricated and examined in laboratory scale mimicking virus removal process in the water industry.

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Study levels
PhD
Research Masters
Honours

Digital manufacturing and 3-D printing applications for biomanufacturing

This project will focus on digital manufacturing applications for improving healthcare in aged population.

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Biomedical engineering and medical physics
Mechanical systems and asset management
Study levels
PhD
Research Masters
Honours

Triplet energy transfer in organic solar cells

The physical process of singlet exciton fission permits conversion of one singlet exciton (S1) into two low energy triplet excitons (T1). This happens when two neighboring molecules form a triplet intermediate state that is of singlet character, which then breaks down at ultrafast time scales into two triplet states via S1 + S0 → T1 + T1.The potential to have multiple charge carriers per absorbed photon in singlet fission (SF) active organic materials has attracted much attention for the enhancement …

Lead unit
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Disciplines
Energy and process engineering
Nanotechnology and molecular science
Study levels
PhD
Research Masters
Honours

Hydrophobic and anti-fogging coatings for better endoscopic imaging

Keyhole surgeries rely on the use of so-called endoscopes that are essentially camera-guided instruments. Surgeons heavily rely on the visual feedback provided by such endoscopes in performing minimally invasive surgeries. However, the image quality provided by such endoscopes is routinely compromised when body fluids and fogging occlude the lens.In this project you will explore the use of novel nanomaterial in the role of hydrophobic and anti-fogging layer towards preventing the vision loss after repeated submersions in synthetic blood and similar …

Lead unit
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Disciplines
Biomedical engineering and medical physics
Nanotechnology and molecular science
Robotics and autonomous systems
Study levels
PhD
Research Masters
Honours

Deep learning for manta recognition

Despite impressive results in object classification, verification and recognition, most deep neural network based recognition systems become brittle when the view point of the camera changes dramatically.Robustness to geometric transformations is highly desirable for applications like wild life monitoring where there is no control on the pose of the objects of interest.The images of different objects viewed from various observation points define equivalence classes where by definition two images are said to be equivalent if they are views from the …

Lead unit
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Disciplines
Environmental systems
Data science
Robotics and autonomous systems
Vision and signal processing
Applied and computational mathematics
Statistical science and operational research
Study levels
PhD
Research Masters

Computational models and methods for fractional dynamical systems

In recent years, fractional models have attracted considerable interest because of their ability to model many phenomena. Anomalous diffusion phenomena are widely spread in nature and engineering. This proposal aims to carry out innovative and novel research on developing efficient, robust and accurate computational models for complex fractional dynamical systems.Potential research projects include:developing a mathematical framework to investigate the memory effect and anomalous diffusion in viscoelastic non-Newtonian fluidsdeveloping computational models, effective numerical methods (such as finite element methods, finite control …

Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

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