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Development of functional, nanostructured materials

In this project, we are looking to develop:a highly sensitive and selective metal oxide thin film gas sensing devicean efficient and stable perovskite solar cell using metal oxide thin films.

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

Plasma catalysis

Plasma catalysis is a rapidly emerging multidisciplinary field at the interface of catalysis, nanotechnology, physical chemistry, materials and plasma science. Relevant applications include plasma-assisted catalytic reforming of gas mixtures into fuels, chemicals and synthesis of functional nanomaterials.While the physical properties and reactive chemistry of atmospheric-pressure plasmas (APPs) are relatively well understood, little is known about the mechanisms of the APP interactions with the nanometer-size features on the surface of catalyst nanoparticles (NPs). These mechanisms are crucial to explain the effects …

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

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

Advanced photoresists for 3D laser lithography

Some estimates state that 30% of all manufactured goods will be 3D printed in 2030. A particular type of 3D printing is 3D laser lithography with which micro- and nano-sized structures can be prepared. Such structures find wide ranging applications in meta-materials functioning as invisibility cloaks or scaffolds for single (stem) cell interrogation. Today’s inks for 3D printing, however, only allow one material property to be written with one laser wavelength. This project will develop – in close collaboration with …

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

Krazy-adhesives: development of glues that work underwater

Almost all current adhesives loose activity in water. However, in many applications especially in medical, things need to glue together under wet conditions.The project will tackle this challenge using biomimetic approach. In nature, several water species secrete protein matrices that are used for anchoring under the water such as mussels or sandcastle worm. For example, it has been recognized that polydopamine was crucial in the attachment of mussels to surfaces and sandcastle worm uses tiny amounts of a special protein …

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

Electrospun nanoparticle-nanofiber composites for advanced gas sensing

Portable chemical sensors are of critical importance for detection of air pollutants and biomarkers in human breath such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), CO, NO2 and CH4. Low power requirement is essential for long term operations of these mobile sensors providing real-time data about the ambient air quality and health monitoring. Nanotechnology has had significant impacts on sensor technology enabling the development of portable and inexpensive nano-sensors that exhibit operational advantages such as low operation power as well as high …

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

Carbon-based supercapacitors from graphene and 2D materials

With the exponentially growing portion of electricity generated from renewable resources (solar, wind, and tidal power) in total electricity production throughout the globe, the mission of implementing environment-friendly energy storage technology is even more important to the future sustainable economy.Supercapacitors are expected to overcome the storage and the charging speed of the traditional batteries in the near future, opening new avenues for renewable energy resources. Graphene and its compounds, graphene oxide, nanotubes, are targeted as materials to increase the charge …

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

Industrial water treatment

Our research group has a strong focus on solving problems related to water treatment.Research topics in this area included but are not limited to:coal seam gasshale oil and gasmunicipal wastewateracid mine drainagemining waterfood and beverage manufacturingagriculturedesalinationammonia and phosphate nutrient recoverymetal recoveryThe majority of projects involve collaboration with industry. …

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

Turning waste into value using biotechnology

Waste has become a key challenge in society for economic, social and environmental reasons. QUT has a long history of converting waste to more valuable products in agriculture industries and is now also focusing on livestock, fashion and domestic waste. We bring together transdisciplinary teams of researchers to solve the complex challenges associated with accessing, sorting, processing and transforming wastes with teams including scientists, engineers, designers, business people and lawyers.

Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Disciplines
Energy and process engineering
Nanoscience
Genetics and biotechnology
Study levels
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Secondary aerosol formation from engine exhaust emissions

In Oct 2013 WHO and their International Agency for Research on Cancer classified particulate matter and outdoor atmospheric pollution as carcinogenic to humans. The main contributor to high atmospheric pollution episodes in urban environments are secondary organic aerosols (SOA), or photochemical smog, generated in the atmosphere through oxidation of reactive volatile gasses, primarily coming from traffic.Estimates point out that diesel vehicles are responsible for 65% to 90% of the secondary pollution formed from vehicle emissions. The origin of 75% of …

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

Pluses and minuses of lipid mass spectrometry

Lipids are among the most structurally diverse of all the biomolecules and thus deciphering their many functions requires bio-analytical technologies capable of uniquely identifying and quantifying individual molecules in a milieu of many thousands of analogues. Mass spectrometry is the pre-eminent technique for contemporary lipid analysis but is challenged by the preference of certain lipids to ionise with a polarity that affords sensitive detection but does not permit detailed structure elucidation. This project will develop advanced instrumentation capable of on-demand …

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

Formation, photochemistry and fate of gas-phase peroxyl radicals

The gas-phase chemical reactions of organic peroxyl radicals control the combustion efficiency of engines and influence the chemical and physical composition of the Earth’s atmosphere. Despite their central importance, these reaction intermediates have proven elusive; with limited experimental observations of the radicals themselves and the complex reaction networks governing their formation and fate. This study will deploy two advanced mass spectrometric methods to isolate and interrogate the chemical and photochemical reactions of peroxyl radicals in the gas phase. Direct measurement …

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

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