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Can we beat nature in designing catalysts? Towards synthetic protein-structures based on precision macromolecules

Are you up for a challenge?In this project, you'll explore if you can beat nature in making catalytic systems!Over billions of years, nature has perfected the design and synthesis of high molecular weight precision macromolecules, which are able to execute a specific function in a complex biological environment, such as proteins.The project will be embedded into a large research effort within the Soft Matter Materials Team aimed at using precision synthetic polymer chemistry to design macromolecules that can be folded …

Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Characterisation of 3D-printed auxetic materials and composites

Auxetic materials are unconventional materials that show counteractive behaviour through negative Poisson’s ratio. This means they compress laterally under direct compression load and expand/swell laterally under direct tension owing to their special micro-structure.This property enables them to bond with the structural elements and absorb energy released in extreme events such as blast, collisions and impacts. Our 3D printing facility will print these materials and laboratory tests will be conducted to measure their strength, stiffness and other properties for engineering applications. …

Characterising distant galaxies by way of spectral energy distribution analysis

The analysis of galaxies found throughout cosmic time provides us with the means to probe the underlying characteristics of the known universe.Over the last few decades, new observations of galaxies with various ground and space-based telescopes have provided us with an abundance of multi-wavelength data.By coupling these observations with theory, spectral energy distribution analysis allows us to derive the intrinsic properties of distant galaxies, which provides constraints for various galaxy formation and evolution scenarios.During this project, you will have access …

Study levels
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Chatbots for service delivery and co-creation: a study from the user's perspective

Chatbots, also known as digital customer service agents or virtual assistants, are poised to transform delivery and co-creation of customer service over the next few years.However, there are still many challenges, such as technological limitations and user's perception of value, that affect how customers use chatbots.We want to know:why do many customer not want to use chatbots?what do customers really think about using chatbots in a service delivery and co-creation context? …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy

Chemical characterisation of biomass burning smoke particles using Electrospray-Orbitrap mass spectrometry

Australian bushfires and prescribed biomass burning (BB) have a significant impact on both human health as well as global and regional climate.While emissions from traditional sources, such as vehicles and power plants are expected to decline due to more stringent regulations, air pollution from BB smoke is expected to continue growing.The impact of BB smoke particulate matter on human health will depend on their chemical and physical properties. However, that information for smoke from Australian ecosystems is very limited.The aim …

Study levels
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Combining process mining with data mining

Process mining aims to obtain insights on business processes from event logs, using algorithms to:automatically discover modelscheck certain rules and regulationsproject performance on process models.Process mining techniques typically only deal with the control flow: that is, which process steps are being executed for a particular case and in what order.Our industry partners are often interested in, and pose questions on, the interplay between process and data. These questions include:Do gold customers get a different treatment than silver customers?Are there behavioural …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Comparison of output from collocated solar systems of different technology

Solar panel efficiency is calculated using standardised testing conditions, allowing like-for-like comparison of systems under the same conditions. However, data collected over a three year period from two collocated solar systems of different technologies are showing unexpected results. The most efficient system's yearly output is comparatively lower. Initial data analysis explains some differences from the operational conditions, but further investigation is required.

Study levels
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Computational methods for multi-scale structural optimisation

Structural optimisation is a powerful computational methodology for finding high-performing designs for structural components or material architectures. For example, what periodic scaffold would provide the highest possible stiffness for its weight?Solving such a problem computationally requires an understanding of the relevant equations required to model the physical properties of interest, as well as efficient implementation of a range of numerical methods including finite elements, finite differences and optimisation.With recent developments in 3D printing technologies it is now possible to manufacture …

Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Computational modelling of liquid marbles

Liquid marbles are liquid droplets coated with super-hydrophobic particles. They possess interesting properties such as the ability to contain liquid content without wetting surfaces and enhanced elasticity.Numerous experimental studies on liquid marbles and their properties have already been reported in the literature. For example, novel microfluidic applications, miniature bioreactors and gas sensing mechanisms. Despite plenty of experimental work, there is limited computational modelling investigations of liquid marbles represented in literature.A successful numerical model would be able to derive new insights …

Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Conceptual modelling for data analytics

The project aims to investigate how conceptual modelling can be used to improve understanding of the data and help to select the best approach for predictive analytics.Such a thesis will involve field studies and empirical work to how conceptual modelling can use to ensure that relevant data are collected for the analysis and/or how conceptual modeling can be used to better understanding of the results of such analysis.

Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours

Considering economics when prioritising species conservation

There are limited funds available for saving threatened species globally. Investing that money wisely can help ecologists and the government achieve more bang for their buck, and help more species and ecosystems.We can use many approaches  to help guide those investment decisions, including mathematical optimisation and operations research. However better considerations of economic factors are needed in order to reflect the complexity of real ecosystems and governments.

Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Control of concentrating solar thermal power plants

Concentrating solar power (CSP) is a technology that utilises mirrors (heliostats) to focus the sun’s rays on a solar receiver. This provides heat for a power generation cycle, creating thermal energy.Control of the heat transfer fluid temperature in the solar receiver is crucial for the efficient use/storage of thermal energy and to minimise the degradation of the receiver. The aim of this project is to design controllers for the heat transfer fluid pumps and the heliostats using a previously developed …

Study levels
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

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