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Careers Expo July 1 2021, 3-6pm

The SEF HDR Student Society is organising a careers expo specifically for STEM higher degree research students. The expo will include both academic and industry representatives, across numerous science and engineering disciplines, providing an opportunity to both connect and collaborate.   JULY 1, 2021 | 3-6 PM Z BLOCK FOYER – LEVEL…

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Winter Research Experience Program now open

Our Winter Research Experience Program gives undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in a research project for approximately four weeks during the winter holidays. The program is open to STEM students in second year or above, offers paid, hands-on research experience and the opportunity to explore the possibilities of…

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Carbon dots from human hair boost solar cells

QUT researchers have used carbon dots, created from human hair waste sourced from a Brisbane barbershop, to create a kind of “armour” to improve the performance of cutting-edge solar technology. n a study published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, the researchers led by Professor Hongxia Wang in collaboration with Associate

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Carbon capture process produces hydrogen and construction materials

QUT scientists have developed a process to capture carbon dioxide from the air into water and store it as non-toxic calcium carbonate (chalk), a key ingredient for cement production and other products, all potentially powered by solar or wind energy. PhD researcher Olawale Oloye and Professor Anthony O’Mullane from the QUT Centre for…

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Turning red clay into white gold for Queensland’s economic future

Queensland has an opportunity to value-add along its battery materials (Li-ion) supply chain and other strong industries to ensure economic stability post-COVID but it will require a coordinated approach according to a QUT expert. Associate Professor Sara Couperthwaite, a QUT researcher focused on commercial outcomes, addressed…

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Algorithms and lasers tame chemical reactivity

Researchers have developed an algorithm for photochemistry, bringing the burgeoning field a step closer to the goal of using different colours of light like a switch to activate a range of different chemical reactions in one single material. A QUT research team, consisting of PhD student Jan Philipp Menzel, Professor Christopher…

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Big step towards small wires

In a step towards the goal of shrinking electronic devices to the molecular scale, an international team of researchers has developed a stable silver wire that is just one atom wide. Researchers from Fudan University in Shanghai, Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science and QUT’s Centre for Materials Science have published the…

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Super solution in hybrid capacitor development

In a step towards a new type of energy storage, QUT researchers have developed a hybrid supercapacitor that offers the best of both worlds in energy storage. Read more about A/Prof. Deepak Dubal, Prof. Nunzio Motta and PhD researcher Michael Horn’s newest research published in Advanced Materials, reporting on the development of a hybrid…

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Multiple PhD and Masters scholarships available now

Thinking of studying materials science? We have multiple PhD and Masters scholarships available now. Click here for more details and how to apply…

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When chemistry with green light mimics what happens in life

The team has reported on this world-first example of a reversible, light-triggered process to fold polymers into single chain nanoparticles in the flagship journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Chemical Science. The research was conducted by lead author and QUT PhD student Daniel Kodura, with QUT’s Australian Research Council (ARC…

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Plasma-developed new material fundamental to Internet of Things

A new light-energised material that is much brighter and more dynamic than existing photoluminescent material could power future devices fundamental to the Internet of Things. New material could make Internet of Things and other devices more effective, rapid and cheaper to produce It could be used to develop new transistor devices for…

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Bushfire Destruction Is Caused By Wind As Well As Heat — So How Can We Protect Ourselves?

With bushfire season approaching, and after the devastating fires over the black summer of 2019–2020, new research into how and why houses are destroyed during bushfire events is welcome news. Professor Mahen Mahendran from QUT’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is spear-heading emerging research that could lead to improved…