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School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

We carry out high-impact research that solves real-world problems, and integrate that research into a quality learning experience for our students.

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Professor John Bell
Position
Head of School
Division / Faculty
Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Materials Engineering
Building
Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural)
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Professor Stephen Blanksby
Position
Director, Central Analytical Research Facility
Division / Faculty
Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Analytical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural)
Other Chemical Sciences
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Professor Godwin Ayoko
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Environmental Technologies,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural)
Analytical Chemistry
Environmental Science and Management
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Professor Steven Bottle
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Molecular Design and Synthesis,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Organic Chemistry
Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
Medicinal and Biomolecular Chemistry
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Professor Ross Broadfoot
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Energy and Process Engineering,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Chemical Engineering
Food Sciences
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Professor Cameron Brown
Position
Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Director, MERF
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Biomedical Engineering
Other Physical Sciences
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Professor Richard Brown
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Energy and Process Engineering,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Interdisciplinary Engineering
Atmospheric Sciences
Automotive Engineering
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Professor Aijun Du
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Nanoscience,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Nanotechnology
Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural)
Theoretical and Computational Chemistry
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Professor Dmitri Golberg
Position
Professor & Australian Laureate Fellow
Division / Faculty
Nanoscience,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research field
Nanotechnology
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Professor YuanTong Gu
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Mechanical Systems and Asset Management,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Mechanical Engineering
Materials Engineering
Nanotechnology
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Distinguished Professor Dietmar Hutmacher
Position
Professor and Chair in Regenerative Medicine
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Other Biological Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
Medical Physiology
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Professor Graeme Millar
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Environmental Technologies,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Chemical Engineering
Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural)
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Biomedical engineering

We focus our investigations on the musculoskeletal system and conduct research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Our research has developed biomaterials and manufacturing technologies that work to regenerate tissues and has led to the creation of the Herston Biofabrication Institute at the Metro North Hospital and Health Service

Computational modelling

Our research involves understanding the design, manufacturing, operation, maintenance and management of mechanical systems including machines, infrastructure and engineering assets.

Our work overlaps in all areas of engineering and is relevant in other fields including 3D printing and advanced materials.

Energy and environment

Our research aims to advance knowledge to develop new materials and green technologies for environmental remediation and works to refine, renew and modify raw materials to produce useful products and by-products.

We work with collaborating centres, such as the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, to conduct specialised research in this field.

Material science

Our research in this discipline examines the generation of new molecules and materials on the scale of nanometres as well as the study of their chemical and physical properties.

We work with research groups like Materials Science and Engineering to characterise and analyse existing materials and to design and optimise new materials.

Central Analytical Research Facility

The Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF) is a collection of purpose-built laboratories based in the Science and Engineering centre that hosts state-of-the-art instruments for genomic, biological, chemical and physical analyses.

Visit the CARF website

Banyo Pilot Plant

The Banyo Pilot Plant is a facility for large-scale research in a variety of science and engineering disciplines.

Our research at Banyo includes developing Australia's first lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility and innovative methods for biofuel production.

Visit the Banyo Pilot Plant website

Our courses

Study a QUT course and join our world-leading graduates. Find out how our courses can help put you on the path to success.

Engineering (Honours)

"When a family member received a cochlear implant I saw how medical engineering could provide a long-term solution to his hearing loss. I would love a career working to improve the health of individuals through the development and implementation of viable healthcare technology."

Renee Nightingale

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical Process)Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronics) Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Medical)

Chemistry

"QUT not only gave me scientific training and skills, but also the ability to diversify into broad science opportunities. A career highlight has been working in India for PepsiCo as a water quality specialist for a water re-use initiative."

Steven Cox

Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

Physics

"QUT's physics degree allowed me to learn about different areas such as astro, quantum, mechanics, thermodynamics and radiation. My classes were very hands on and I got to practise on equipment such as electron microscopes to study nano-sized structures and particles."

Bree Sutherland

Bachelor of Science (Physics)

Our research

Our research focuses on innovations in health, the environment, and sustainable resources, in areas ranging from the development of new medical treatments and devices to the identification and assessment of pollutants and air quality.

We have achieved significant outcomes across a broad range of engineering research areas, including advancements in:

  • energy
  • orthopaedics and trauma
  • tissue regeneration
  • understanding pollutant particulate formation
  • new materials fabrication and characterisation techniques.

Our facilities

Our researchers are delivering capability into QUT's

These multidisciplinary research institutes are focused on solving global challenges in partnership with industry and government – both nationally and globally.

Our expert research teams take advantage of the world-class infrastructure at these institutes, and at other locations including the

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