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15 matching student topics

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Exploring mine waters with autonomous vehicles

Project involves the development of an autonomous vehicle that can do in-situ measurements for environmental monitoring and metal-prospecting applications.

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Energy and process engineering
Environmental technologies
Robotics and autonomous systems
Environmental technologies
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Solar driven organic transformations by low-cost catalysts

This project will mainly involve the design of new catalysts for realizing important organic transformations. Much work will be done regarding analysis of molecules as well as materials characterization using X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and other methods.

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours

Biological engineering of waste into functional fungal mycelial composites

This project aims to take a waste material and repurpose it using fungal mycelial mats to penetrate and bind the organic compounds.Numerous residues from agriculture and the urban lifestyle comprise of carbon polymeric chains that are accessible to fungi. Fungi grow on and within these structures and can generate a bound matrix that has notably different properties. Various fungal strains will be assessed fro growth and colonization of various agricultural residues (e.g. sugarcane trash, bagasse, paunch) and urban waste (cardboard, …

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Biomedical engineering and medical physics
Energy and process engineering
Mechanical systems and asset management
Nanoscience
Civil engineering
Construction and project management
Genetics and biotechnology
Environmental technologies
Environmental technologies
Sustainable environments
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Biocatalysis of methane into high value products

There are numerous instances where methane is released into the atmosphere, or wasted as flare gas. Methane mitigation is of global concern, as it is at least 20 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide.Methanotrophs are a unique set of bacteria capable of oxidising methane. Environmentally, they are responsible for sequestering an enormous volume of methane released from biological processes such as anaerobic digestion.From a Biotechnology perspective, they have great potential for generating products such as and represent …

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Energy and process engineering
Genetics and biotechnology
Environmental technologies
Environmental technologies
Molecular design and synthesis
Sustainable environments
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Investigating the mechanical properties of temperate, sub-tropical, and tropical fodder

There is strong, qualitative evidence that fodder crops produced in the tropics are 'tougher' and less nutritious than fodder crops produced in sub-tropical and temperate regions.However, tools that can quantify the mechanical properties of fodder crops, particularly those with direct relevance to feeding and nutrition, are lacking.

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Energy and process engineering
Mechanical systems and asset management
Environmental technologies
Study levels
Master of Philosophy
Honours

Water for remote communities

This project relates to the development of suitable technologies to provide clean drinking water to remote communities. Strategies may include the use of renewable energy to power the various techniques used.

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Energy and process engineering
Nanoscience
Environmental technologies
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Waste to wealth

This project relates to the conversion of waste products from the mining industry into useful products.

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Energy and process engineering
Nanoscience
Environmental technologies
Sustainable environments
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Utilisation of Australian natural minerals for novel building products

This project aims to utilise nano/micron-scale, locally-sourced minerals as additives for novel building products development in order to provide increased strength, product density and crack resistance to the finished product.Prototype products and techniques will be developed for higher quality building materials that outperform existing imported, low quality products used in the building industry.The project will evaluate existing recyclable materials as additives to pre-cast panels and will develop products that have the potential for being recycled when at the end of …

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Nanoscience
Geology and geochemistry
Environmental technologies
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours

Assessing cough intensity via accelerometry (Arduino)

Research projects investigating the production of cough aerosol from CF patients currently involved equipment which interferes with many existing techniques for cough intensity measurement. Accelerometers attached to the chest to measure chest wall movement are a promising and more laboratory compatible alternative for estimating the volume of air expelled when coughing. …

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Study levels
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Construct a Nafion based Goldberg Rotator for aerosol humidity studies

Ultimately this system will be used to study the effect of changing relative humidity on the survival of airborne pathogens including bacteria and viruses.

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Study levels
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Treatment of mine wastewaters

Mining processes create wastewater that is typically unsuitable for release into the environment without some form of treatment. Treatments will vary depending on the composition of the wastewater and where the water is to be reused.

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Energy and process engineering
Nanoscience
Environmental technologies
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Plasma agro- food- and bio-tech

Plasma agricultural, food and biotechnologies, based on low-temperature plasmas, is a rapidly emerging multidisciplinary research and development topic.

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Biomedical engineering and medical physics
Energy and process engineering
Nanoscience
Genetics and biotechnology
Environmental technologies
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours

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