Bushfire smoke more dangerous than dust storm
Researchers from our International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health have worked on and distributed a network of KOALA air-quality sensors across Australia. These sensors measured the quantity of particles in the air from the recent bushfires which are invisible to the naked eye but can affect our lungs.Our air quality research
Giant pumice raft to boost Great Barrier Reef
Associate Professor Scott Bryan is studying samples of pumice recovered from a recent underwater volcano eruption in Tonga. This pumice raft, the size of more than 20,000 football fields, could bring new coral and reef dwellers to the reef.Our pumice research
Cool Earth theory sheds more light on diamonds
Geologist Professor Balz Kamber published a theory on the thermal evolution of Earth that explains why diamonds have formed as precious gemstones rather than just lumps of common graphite.Learn more about the theory
Airborne viruses travel further and remain viable longer
Professor Lidia Morawska, Director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, and collaborators have found that when a person coughs or sneezes, germs travel further and bacteria stay alive longer than previously thought. The information has implications for cystic fibrosis treatment and practices in hospitals and care centres.
Investigating Antarctic aerosols for climate regulation
QUT team Dr Branka Miljevic and PhD student Joel Alroe have voyaged twice to Antarctica in a collaboration investigating aerosols over the Southern Ocean that are important for regulating Earth’s climate.Read more
Making atmospheric chemistry science mobile
Image credit: Dr Robyn SchofieldWe've partnered with Australian universities and organisations to create a custom-built laboratory in a shipping container. Researchers in this laboratory can carry out atmospheric monitoring and campaign measurements in challenging places, like the Great Barrier Reef and the Southern Ocean.About the Airbox collaboration
QUT researcher on the mission to Mars
Research Fellow Dr David Flannery will be part of the team operating one of the Mars 2020 Rover's instruments remotely back here on Earth. This project is using X-ray fluorescence and Raman spectrometers to map the elemental composition of the rocks on Mars.Read the article here
Our core research focus is on the physical spheres of Earth: the lithosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere. We investigate how these physical spheres have evolved over Earth's history and, through geospatial science, we observe and understand these spheres today and their interactions with all life.
We have a particular research focus on:
- natural resources
- Earth observation
- atmospheric composition and change
- air quality and pollution
- natural hazards
- environmental science challenges (including reef restoration and energy).
Earth is our main laboratory and learning-ground for extra-terrestrial ventures. We conduct our research with access to QUT’s state-of-the art instruments and facilities, including those based within the Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF).
International Laboratory of Air Quality and Health
Our academics lead the International Laboratory of Air Quality and Health (ILAQH) researching how air quality impacts human health, with a specific focus on ultrafine and nanoparticles.
Biofuel Engine Research Facility
Our researchers lead the Biofuel Engine Research Facilty (BERF), Australia’s largest biofuel production testing facility, specialising in engine performance testing and biofuels emissions testing.
Geological sample preparation facility
This facility hosts a rock crushing and milling lab, and a geological thin section preparation lab for preparing and analysing geological samples.Learn more
Analytical chemistry laboratory
This laboratory is home to instruments that chemically analyse a range of gas, liquid and solid samples, down to parts per trillion in cases.Learn more
Optical and electron microscopy laboratory
This laboratory houses a suite of routine and advanced light and electron microscopes that enables innovative research.Learn more
"I was fortunate enough to have a very, very engaging and passionate lecturer, and I think really it was his ability to connect with students that really drew me towards it in the first instance. I found that having that passion from the lecturer really facilitated learning."
"I like environmental science because it combines a lot of different scientific disciplines into the one. There's chemistry, geology and biology. In environmental science, they all come together."
"The interdisciplinary approach at QUT creates a diverse experience in which you learn to apply a thought process, not just knowledge of a specific subject. It helps me with new ways of solving problems as a technical assistant (drilling) in the coal seam gas industry."
"One of the best parts of the chemistry degree is your capstone project, where you actually get to do research on something that’s never been done before. What I got to do was remove BPA which is a common breast cancer causing agent from water, just using clays."
- Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication)/Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture)/Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Business
- Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Games and Interactive Environments
- Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Information Technology
- Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
- Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Mathematics
Our researchers collaborate on projects in specialised research groups and facilities across disciplines and institutions.
We partner with businesses and organisations from start-ups to multi-nationals and our scope of application is inclusive.
- Geoscience Australia
- Inspector-General Emergency Management
- International Ocean Discovery Program
- Lady Cilento Children's Hospital
- SEQ Water
- The Prince Charcles Hospital
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisations (CSIRO)
- Department of Education & Training
- Department of Environment and Science
- Department of Public Works
- Department of Transport and Main Roads
- Marine National Facility
- National Measurement Institute
- SafeWork Australia
- Workplace Health & Safety Queensland
- World Health Organisation
- Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
- Australian Synchrotron
- Centre for Air Pollution, Energy and Health Research
- Curtin University
- Deakin University
- Flinders University
- Griffith University
- Macquarie University
- Monash University
- QIMR Berhoffer Medical Research Institute
- QUT Mining
- RMIT University
- University of Melbourne
- University of New South Wales
- University of Queensland
- University of the Sunshine Coast
- University of Sydney
- University of Western Australia
- University of Wollongong
- Woolcock Institute of Medical Research
- Aix Marseille Université
- Belgrade University, Serbia
- Fraunhofer Institute, Germany
- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
- Lublin University of Technology, Poland
- Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland
- Rostock University, Germany
- Università di Brescia, Italy
- Università di Roma La Sapienza, Italy
- Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
- University of Cassino, Italy
- University of Pannonia, Hungary
- University of Salzburg, Austria
Asia and Oceania
- Australia-China Centre for Air Quality Science and Management
- City University of Hong Kong, HK, China
- Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES), Beijing
- Dalian University of Technology, China
- East China University of Science and Technology
- Fudan University
- Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry (GIG), Chinese Academy of Sciences
- City University of Hong Kong, HK, China
- Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK
- Jinan University, China
- Peking University, China
- Shanghai Academy of Environmental Sciences, China
- Sun Yat-Sen University, China
- Tsinghua University, China
- The University of Hong Kong
Our school brings together a diverse team of experts who deliver world-class education and achieve breakthroughs in research.
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