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Carbohydrate chemistry research scholarship

Future student scholarship
Complete your masters or PhD investigating important processing issues faced by the Australian sugar industry, working alongside internationally recognised sugar industry researchers.

Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

Engineering and Science and mathematics


Australian or New Zealand and International

Application dates

Applications close
15 April 2018

What you'll receive

You’ll receive:


If you're applying for this scholarship to complete your research masters, you must have one of:

  • a completed recognised bachelor honours degree
  • a completed recognised bachelor degree or equivalent in a related field with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 5.00 (on QUT's 7 point scale)
  • relevant professional or research experience (as determined by the faculty).

If you're applying for this scholarship to complete your PhD, you must:

  • have a research masters degree (or equivalent) in chemistry or a related field (if applying for PhD)
  • fulfill our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) admission criteria, including English language requirements.

Preferably you will have organic chemistry and analytical experience in spectrometry and chromatography techniques.

How to apply

Submit your application by the due date to the project supervisor, Dr Darryn Rackemann.

Your application must include:

  • a cover letter
  • an up-to-date resume
  • full academic transcript
  • contact details of three referees (email, address and phone number)
  • a summary (up to two pages) of your scientific career to date and research interests.

What happens next?

If your application is successful, we will contact you to advise the next steps in the application process.

If your application is unsuccessful, we will notify you by email.

About the scholarship

As sugar factories diversify into cogeneration they require improvement in energy efficiency and reduced steam consumption to generate surplus bagasse, for uses other than manufacturing sugar. Steam efficient operations can cause significant sucrose degradation and formation of acidic condensates causing sizable economic issues to the industry.

About the project

As part of this project, you will help to:

  • investigate the mechanisms and causal factors of sucrose and monosaccharide degradation and acid formation in sugar juice evaporators
  • determine the effects on sugar recovery, corrosion and effluent loadings
  • provide recommendations to Australian sugar factories to reduce the rates of reaction and subsequent detrimental impacts that are currently experienced (and are more pronounced in high steam efficient factories).

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