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Bio-inspired design to create strong and toughness composites

A fundamental challenge when designing materials for mechanical use is to attain both strength and toughness in one body. Conventional metallic materials generally have relatively large plasticity due to having a massive population of microstructural defects and effective plastic deformation mechanism. This has been exploited for fabricating tolerant (toughness) materials for structural applications. However, these structural defects render the materials relatively low strength and a low load-bearing capability. In contrast, ceramics and intermetallic compounds have higher strengths, owing to their …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
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Bio-nano technology for immune defence

A fully-functioning immune system is essential to maintain good health, though such a system deteriorates with advancing age, contributing to increased susceptibility to infection, autoimmunity, and cancer.Relatively little research has been conducted on the impact of ageing on the innate immune response, which plays a crucial role in protecting against infection and represents a first line of defence. Macrophages are central effector cells of the innate immune system and have many diverse functions. This means age-related impairments in macrophage function …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
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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, being at least 20 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide.Methanotrophs are a unique set of bacteria that are 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 nutritional supplements …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
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Biofabrication and tissue engineering

Biofabrication and tissue engineering seeks to create 3D scaffolds containing cells to heal defected tissue.People suffering from tissue loss often have to have autografts (where tissue is transferred from one part of their body to the other, leading to 2 sites of surgery and associated morbididy)We use scanning modelling and 3D printing to create 3D scaffolds that can perfectly fit the defect site and may contain cells or growth factors to stimulate new tissue formation - this circumvents the need …

Biofabrication robotics and meta-material research

Biofabrication is the application of advanced manufacturing (AM) to medicine. Part of our research involves the design and construction of AM tools to aid in tissue engineering, 3D scanning, computational medicine and 3D printing solutions for several healthcare needs.

Biological engineering of waste into functional fungal mycelial composites and leather

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.This project aims to take a waste material and repurpose it using fungal mycelial mats to penetrate and bind the organic compounds. These can be used directly as packing material or internal building materials.The project will also strive to generate aerial mycelia, which will be …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
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Blast response and safety assessment of transport tunnels

Transport tunnels have become indispensable to cater to the increasing transportation need of modern cities.Due to large numbers of passengers and station staff in such tunnels they become vulnerable to terrorist bomb attacks.This projects treats the response of transport tunnels to internal blasts and proposes strategies to mitigate the adverse effects of such explosions.The credible blast loading is determined by the amount of explosive that could be taken (unnoticed) into a underground bus/train station and the location of the explosion.Advanced …

Bushfire design of residential buildings

This project aims to investigate the bushfire performance of residential buildings in the bushfire prone areas of Australia. This includes a detailed review of:bushfire characteristicsradiant and convective heat ratestype and materials used to construct bushfire safe housesstructural and fire performance of external wall and roof panelsstructural design requirementstesting procedures.This comprehensive review will contribute towards developing conceptual models and design methods of external wall and roof systems for residential buildings in bushfire zones. …

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Honours
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Bushfire performance of lightweight and fire-resistant wall panels

This project will investigate the structural bushfire performance of lightweight and fire resistant cement based blocks and wall panels. This includes axial compression tests and fire resistance tests of individual blocks currently available in the industry. The performance will be summarized based on the raw materials and the mix proportion of the blocks. …

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Honours
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Business intelligence use

Traditionally, systems have been designed to support data entry functionalities. However, these data entry functionalities are increasingly being automated with greater emphasis placed on how to make informed decisions on the insights provided by these systems.This resulted in the emergence of business intelligence systems.Yet, these systems are becoming more sophisticated. They've gone from providing insights that were questioned by others to providing actionable guidance that's being largely unquestioned.Thus, more is needed to understand how these systems should be best leveraged. …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
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Business model innovation

Business models are becoming an important focus of innovation activities of practitioners and innovation studies of academics.When organisations want to introduce new products or services or need to transform their existing products or services, a viable business model is a critical requirement for commercial success. For example, many Internet services are provided for free and require providers to find alternative sources of revenue, such as advertisements or premium services.In addition, the innovation of the business model itself is often a …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
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Business process ecosystems - definitions, structures and properties

In today’s dynamic business environment, organisations aspire to develop their abilities to rapidly adopt ever-evolving change.Some strategies to achieve this daunting task are:designing and developing agile business processesimplementing systems that are robustdeveloping staff with process-thinking and process-centric culture.However, experience and empirical data tell us that these strategies can only be successful if designed rightly for the context in which the organisation exists.Our view is based on complexity theory, and therefore we call these contexts under which a BPM initiative is …

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Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

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