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Overview

Our research aims to advance knowledge to develop new materials and green technologies for environmental remediation and monitoring with a focus on air, water and soil quality monitoring for:

  • environmental and health impact assessment
  • environmental pollutants' effect on climate
  • pollution modelling.

Our experts

Our discipline brings together a diverse team of experts who deliver world-class education and achieve breakthroughs in research.

Explore our staff profiles to discover the amazing work our researchers are contributing to.

Professor Godwin Ayoko
Discipline Leader, Environmental Technologies

Meet our experts

Dr Rohan Jayaratne
Position
Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Environmental Technologies,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Atmospheric Sciences
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Science and Management
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Dr Rachel Pepper
Position
Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Environmental Technologies,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
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Dr Frederick Theiss
Position
Research Assistant
Division / Faculty
Environmental Technologies,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
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Adjunct Professor Yong Sik Ok
Position
Adjunct Professor
Division / Faculty
Environmental Technologies,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
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Adjunct Professor James Pope
Position
Adjunct Professor
Division / Faculty
Environmental Technologies,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research field
Other Physical Sciences
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Adjunct Associate Professor John Bartley
Position
Adjunct Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Environmental Technologies,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Analytical Chemistry
Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
Environmental Science and Management
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Adjunct Associate Professor Yiu Fai Tsang
Position
Adjunct Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Environmental Technologies,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
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Research

Our research applications include:

  • bioprocessing and waste conversion into energy and chemicals
  • carbon capture and isolation
  • clean transportation and fuels, including electric vehicles
  • economic and technological sustainability
  • environmental remediation and pollution control
  • physico-chemical characterisation of air pollutants
  • recovering hazardous waste and turning it into useful materials
  • reparation and purification
  • sustainable resource recovery, recycling and utilisation
  • uncovering the effects of aerosols on the climate.

Projects

Secondary aerosol formation from engine exhaust emissions

ARC Discovery Project
Project leaders
Dates

2018-2021

Project summary

This project aims to investigate the role of reactive volatile organic compounds from vehicles using alternative fuels in the formation and evolution of secondary organic aerosols (SOA). Expected outcomes include a greatly improved understanding of the mechanisms and precursors of SOA formation. The benefits should provide the knowledge needed to set vehicle emission regulations that can properly control urban air pollution episodes because the mechanisms and precursors of its formation will be better understood.

The project will also provide an experimental framework that will guide policy formulation and provide the science needed for development of strategies to improve air quality and health.

Find out more about this project.

A portable multiplexed sensing platform for the rapid stand-off detection of chemical hazards and concealed explosives

Project leaders
Dates

2018-2021

Project summary

Researchers from QUT, Flinders Universities and the department of defence science and technology (DST) will build a miniaturised laser based dual sensing capability that can safely identify hidden chemical threats from a standoff distance and provide information about their molecular structure.

The new capability will contribute to safeguarding the Australian public, Defence personnel and sensitive infrastructure.

This project is funded through the Counter Improvised Threats Grand Challenge: an initiative of Defence’s Next Generation Technologies.

Establishing advanced networks for air quality sensing and analysis

ARC Linkage Project
Project leaders
Dates

2016-2019

Project summary

This project aims to develop innovative, cost-effective, high-resolution air quality networks. Recent developments in sensor technologies improve the ability to harvest atmospheric data. This project will develop, validate and implement methods for high sensitivity atmospheric sensing and apply cutting-edge statistical and analytic techniques to the data sets, unprecedented in scope and resolution.

Outcomes include an open access database to quantify and visualise intra-urban air pollution and human exposure and develop air quality maps and smoke pollution management tools.

Find out more about this project.

Reducing carbon dioxide to useful products using solar energy

Project leader

Dr Jingsan Xu

Dates

2016-2019

Project summary

The project aims to develop novel photocatalysts for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) into useful products using solar energy. The project also plans to identify the photocatalytic mechanisms of the catalysts by investigating the reaction systems, such as the interface morphology, structure coherence and energy alignment of the component phases and reactant. Innovative technologies in the field of sunlight-driven photocatalysis have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Partnerships

National

Government agencies

Australian tertiary institutions

Research institutes

Hospitals

International

Multinational

Europe

Asia and Oceania

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