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Why QUT?

Our research

We specialise in research covering diverse topics, including:

  • studies of particles, fields and radiation and their interaction with matter
  • the design, synthesis, characterisation and study of the properties of molecules and materials
  • the implementation of these molecules and materials in various applications.

Our outcomes have included finding cheaper and efficient materials for storing renewable energy and determining the elasticity of crystals down to the atomic level.

QUT has been named as one of the fastest rising universities in the world, and top in Australia, for scientific research in this year's Nature Index of high quality research outputs. Read more by clicking the link to the news article.

High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy

High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) has historically been regarded as one the most powerful methods of material structural analysis down to the observation of individual atoms. In partnership with JEOL, QUT has commenced the development of a HRTEM system which provides a pioneering methodology to image any material at atomic resolution, to trace its transient temporal-resolved behaviour in-tandem with its mechanical, physical, thermal and optical manipulations under an unprecedented combination of spatial and temporal resolutions: picometers and micro(nano)seconds. Having such an instrument in routine operation, even in its standard configuration, makes a huge difference for Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering and Nano-Bio communities because it allows detailed imaging of atomic-scale features that have a direct bearing on the physical and chemical properties of material structures. The HRTEM will be used to support many research programs within QUT and Australia and will also be used to develop strong collaborations with leading university and industrial researchers throughout Australia.

In particular, the microscope will be used to perform unique experiments that provide new insights into activity and reactivity of catalysts, operation of state-of-the-art Li- and Na-ion batteries, solar panels, deformation and phase transformations in structural materials, nucleation and growth in nanoscale systems, and radiation effects in structural nano-biology. These research topics are strongly aligned with the main missions of the Australian Research Council, QUT and other Australian universities, having impact on our understanding of the science critical to Australia's economy, homeland security and energy security.

Neoarm - HRTEM
The JEOL ARM-200F "NeoARM" double aberration corrected TEM has a maximum accelerating voltage of 200kV but can operate as low as 30kV, which is important for avoiding damage to beam sensitive materials. The instrument is also equipped with dual EDS detectors, comprising a solid angle of 1.75 sr, enabling compositional analysis of features in the nanometre scale with a high throughput. The NeoARM can achieve a resolution of 78pm and the ability to synchronise the electron pulses with an external laser operating through the sample holder, allowing for dynamic experiments on a wide range of materials to be carried out at high spatial and temporal resolution.
**Image courtesy of JEOL

Centre for Materials Science

Centre for Material Science lab, Gardens Point campusThe QUT Centre for Materials Science is the fundamental scientific engine room for materials innovation by building and developing critical mass in materials science to achieve high-quality and high-impact research that is nationally and internationally leading. The Centre fuses cross-disciplinary fundamental research expertise within QUT, enabling a coherent research space to undertake curiosity-driven materials discoveries. The Centre takes an atomistic and molecular approach to materials design, with the capacity to manipulate single atoms and molecules and observe the changes they undergo in order to design materials with precise and adaptable properties targeting a particular function. The research program of the Centre aligns along four themes that capture QUT's strength in soft matter materials design, condensed matter, materials characterisation, and state-of-the-art computation, prediction, and modelling simulations.

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Central Analytical Research Facility

Central Analytical Research Facility, Gardens Point campusThe Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF) is hosted by the Institute for Future Environments and is situated in the multi-million dollar Science and Engineering Centre at QUT's inner-city campus. Opened in September 2013, our purpose-built laboratories house state-of-the-art instruments for scientific analysis, encompassing analytical chemistry, genomics, microscopy, proteomics, X-ray and particles to surface science. Our equipment and specialists work across disciplines and applications, offering bulk sample preparation, precise data collection and scientific interpretation of results. With 40 technology specialists in academic, professional and technical roles, CARF strives to refine scientific techniques, experiment with new methods and modify standard instruments to create unique analytical capabilities and enable new discoveries. Working with scientists around the world on ground-breaking research using these new tools and techniques, CARF is committed to fostering scientific collaboration, facilitating new discoveries and providing first-class facilities and training for the next generation of Australian scientists and engineers.

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School of Chemistry and Physics

Bess Sutherland, School of Chemistry and Physics, Gardens Point campusThe School of Chemistry and Physics sits within the Science and Engineering Faculty at QUT, specialising in diverse research areas, including:

  • studies of particles, fields and radiation and their interaction with matter;
  • the design, synthesis, characterisation and study of the properties of molecules and materials;
  • the implementation of these molecules and materials in various applications.

Our research in nanotechnology and advanced materials is further strengthened through multi-disciplinary research groups, such as the Molecular Recognition and Sensors and the Materials Sciences and Engineering, bringing transdisciplinary researchers, industry and government together to discover and design more efficient and sustainable materials for diverse applications. Our outcomes have included finding cheaper and efficient materials for storing renewable energy and determining the elasticity of crystals down to the atomic level. Our teaching and research strive to advance the frontiers of the chemical and physical sciences to solve real-world challenges.

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Science and Engineering Faculty

Science and Engineering Faculty P Block Building, Gardens Point campusAiming to change the world through education and research, QUT's Science and Engineering Faculty (SEF) is one of the largest university faculties anywhere in Australia with ten schools and multiple University Research Centres, including Centre for Data Science, Centre for Materials Science, and Centre for Robotics. Our campuses feature collaborative learning spaces, specialised facilities and world-class research laboratories that enable our researchers to work at the cutting edge of their fields. From bio-fabrication, robotics vision, to plant genetics, researchers at QUT's Science and Engineering Faculty are creating new knowledge with real world impact and improve quality of lives for people around the globe. Through extensive industry engagement and partnership network, researchers at SEF are working closely with industry leaders in STEM, such as Boeing and NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, to deliver innovative solutions that have real world impact and shape future environments.

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Welcome to Brisbane

Our Gardens Point campus in the heart of vibrant Brisbane city.QUT is a prominent citizen of Brisbane and of the broader Queensland and Australian knowledge ecosystems. We embrace our role in helping Queensland play to its strengths and realise its latent potential. We are committed to serving our wider community - by building aspiration and pathways to success in higher education for all whose circumstances have made it difficult for them to share in the benefits of university education.

Brisbane is a progressive and globally connected city. Australia's third largest capital, it is a vibrant entrepreneurial hub serviced by a high-quality network of both public and private, primary and secondary schools.

The city boasts a thriving music and café culture, a calendar of internationally acclaimed arts, cultural and sporting events, fine dining as well as a contemporary art and gallery scene. The friendly people of Brisbane enjoy an outdoor lifestyle in a subtropical climate, within reach of beautiful national parks, hundreds of kilometres of golden beaches and tropical rainforests. One hour south of Brisbane sits the Gold Coast and its famous beaches, amusement parks, and shopping, while the beautiful, quiet beaches of the Sunshine Coast lay only an hour and a half north of the city. The Great Barrier Reef is a short flight away.

Our Gardens Point campus is located at the gateway to Brisbane's CBD, alongside two city bridges that span the Brisbane River and the lush City Botanic Gardens, while the Kelvin Grove campus is situated just ten minutes away in a thriving, inner- city urban village, which integrates our campus with the community.

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