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An novel data-driven structural optimisation method for engineering and science

Structural optimisation, an effective design method for light-weight and high-performance structures, traditionally relies on the computational mechanics method with empirical constitutive model of related material. However, the empirical constitutive modelling remains an open question worldwide for a long term. The imperfect knowledge of constitutive laws and empiricism and arbitrariness of constitutive modelling process limit the applications of structural optimisation methods in advanced material structures.

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Biomedical engineering and medical physics
Mechanical systems and asset management
Civil engineering
Applied and computational mathematics
Statistics and operations research
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Develop and implement a non-contact real-time respiratory monitoring technique, using low cost 3D camera technology, and explore its use in abdominal-thoracic cancer sites

Consumer-grade depth sensing technology has in recent years become widely available. A number of vendors have developed similar technologies, for example, Microsoft KinectTM (now discontinued), Intel’s RealSenseTM, the Asus Xtion depth sensor, and the Qualcomm Spectra ISP platform, now in its second generation.The systems make use of camera technology that measures the distance to a surface, rapid image acquisition can then enable real time motion detection of location of the surface. The infra-red transmitter and sensor use a time-of-flight method …

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Biomedical engineering and medical physics
Robotics and autonomous systems
Vision and signal processing
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Understanding and exploiting the phenomenal properties of collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and, as one of its principal building blocks, plays a dominant role in the function of many tissues. As such, the structure-property-function relationships in collagen are central to understanding health and disease, and developing materials-based strategies for regenerative medicine. A better understanding of these relationships further provides a biomimetic target for high-performance, multifunctional fibre-based materials in applications outside of biomedicine. The defining feature of collagen is an elegant structural motif …

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Biomedical engineering and medical physics
Nanoscience
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Spider silk: structure, mechanics and processing

Spider silks possess a range of qualities that are rarely found simultaneously in one material, and it is no surprise that an enormous effort has been made to replicate or learn from them.1,2 Toughness, extensibility and strength are only a few of the desirable traits that make spider silk of such interest. Silk is biodegradable and, unlike synthetic high-performance fibres such as Kevlar, it is extremely lightweight.3,4 A further advantage lies in its processing conditions and requirements. Whereas production of …

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Biomedical engineering and medical physics
Nanoscience
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Understanding and exploiting the phenomenal properties of collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and, as one of its principal building blocks, plays a dominant role in the function of many tissues. As such, the structure-property-function relationships in collagen are central to understanding health and disease, and developing materials-based strategies for regenerative medicine. A better understanding of these relationships further provides a biomimetic target for high-performance, multifunctional fibre-based materials in applications outside of biomedicine. The defining feature of collagen is an elegant structural motif …

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Biomedical engineering and medical physics
Nanoscience
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Surgery with rockets

Self-propelled nano/microscale rockets have been developed that consume locally supplied chemical fuels to generate thrust, analogous to how large rocket engines ignite onboard propellants. Such rockets offer tremendous advantages as nano/microdevices. They can be designed for low or high velocities (up to 1000 body lengths/sec), can tow large loads, have remarkable design flexibility, and allow surface functionalisation with nanomaterials and biomolecules.1,2Unlike their macroscale counterparts, these rockets have the advantage of harvesting their chemical fuel directly from their surrounding environment. In …

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Biomedical engineering and medical physics
Nanoscience
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Retaining and regaining hydrogel mechanical properties

Hydrogels have great potential in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, where they serve as an artificial extracellular matrix. However, they typically have poor mechanical properties, which limits their applications.  Double network hydrogels can overcome some of these limitations, with substantially improved stiffness and toughness compared to traditional single network hydrogels.  Nonetheless, double network hydrogels can lose these properties over time and with repeated loading.

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Biomedical engineering and medical physics
Mechanical systems and asset management
Nanoscience
Study levels
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Understanding the relationships between immune cells and stem cells for bone regenerative medicine

The skeletal system in human body undergoes a constant life-long process of adaptation, which consists of osteoblast-driven formation and osteoclast-driven resorption. The regenerative power of endogenous cells is required for bone development, repair and regeneration. This is controlled by various cell types that secrete a wide spectrum cytokines that temporally and spatially dictate stem cell commitment and modulate the bone microenvironment. Increasing evidence has shown that among the various types of cells that mediate bone formation and regeneration, macrophages play …

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Biomedical engineering and medical physics
Genetics and biotechnology
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

One coating to rule them all: preventing infections to medical devices

Infections to medical devices are still a major complication. This project investigates a new antimicrobial coating that could be readily applied on all surfaces to prevent bacterial attachment and growth. The project is in collaborations with leading device R&D companies and manufacturers both in Australia and overseas and thus would give students opportunities for industry exposure.

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Biomedical engineering and medical physics
Nanoscience
Genetics and biotechnology
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Smart wound dressing

Many wounds are non-healing due to bacteria infection. Challenges remain in both early diagnosis and effective treatment of these wounds. In this project, a smart dressing will be developed to be able to indicate presence of infection and release antimicrobial agents to the wound.

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Biomedical engineering and medical physics
Nanoscience
Genetics and biotechnology
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Organic thin film transistors for biosensing and bioelectronics

Organic Field Effect Transistors (OFETs) have the potential to offer low cost, easy to use and printable sensors for a variety of applications such as chemical sensing, explosive sensing, biomedical sensing, etc. OFETs are highly sought after for developing non-invasive sensing technologies for continuous monitoring or diagnostic applications.For example, it has been shown that OFETs can detect the levels of glucose in saliva of diabetic patients and therefore have the potential to have life changing impacts on patients by moving …

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Biomedical engineering and medical physics
Nanoscience
Study levels
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Carpal forces and the role of ligaments as a tensile constraint

The hand is an important but complex anatomical structure. With the carpus being made from seven articulating bones stabilized by numerous ligaments. Damage to these structures can lead to impaired function and progression into severe arthritis.This projects aims to understand the role and loads that are undertaken by these important structures and in doing so realize the essential information for better ligament repair.

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Biomedical engineering and medical physics
Mechanical systems and asset management
Genetics and biotechnology
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

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