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Monday, June 12th, 2017

University of Queensland sweeps $22.6m in research funding

The University of Queensland has topped the nation by securing funding for more research projects than any other Australian university in the prestigious Australian Research Council grants announced in Canberra on June 5, with 17 projects set to share a total of $22.6 million.

University of Queensland sweeps $22.6m in research funding

UQ has been awarded funding for more research projects than any other university in Australia

UQ’s exceptional honour roll includes two new ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships, 14 ARC Future Fellowships and funding for an ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Innovation in Biomedical Imaging Technology.

The 17 grants have been awarded to UQ research projects spanning biotechnology, electrochemical energy, ecological impacts of cattle production, antibiotic resistance, cultural history, quantum systems, and atomic physics.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said it was an outstanding result for UQ and again demonstrated the strength of the university’s research.

“UQ has been awarded funding for more research projects than any other university in Australia, and we ranked number two for total funding, with $22.6 million in grants,” Professor Høj said.

“UQ has won the lion’s share of ARC Future Fellowships funding, securing $12.1 million which accounts for 15.7 per cent of the total $77 million in grants.

“These results underscore UQ as the destination of choice, given that we have been awarded more ARC Future Fellowships across the life of the scheme than any other university, and it comes less than a week after our researchers were awarded $4.3 million for 12 ARC Linkage Projects.

“This is a real testament to the quality of researchers we have at the university,” he said.

“I’m delighted to note that six of UQ’s 14 new Future Fellows are women.

“There is also an excellent spread of Future Fellowships across UQ’s broad areas of research, with five going to researchers in humanities and other non-science disciplines.”

ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships have been awarded to Professor George Zhao, who is working to develop sustainable electrochemical energy storage technology, wastewater resource recovery expert Professor Zhiguo Yuan.

Professor Zhao, of UQ’s School of Chemical Engineering, will get $2.8 million over five years for research to develop next-generation energy storage applications based upon sodium-ion capacitors.

Professor Yuan, director of UQ’s Advanced Water Management Centre, will get $2.9 million over five years for research into bioconversion of methane into higher-value liquid chemicals.

“Professor Yuan’s work on biotechnology solutions through the cost-effective production of liquid chemicals from biogas could propel Australia to the forefront of sustainable resources research,” Professor Høj said.

The University of Queensland will have a new ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Innovation in Biomedical Imaging Technology, backed by $4.7 million in ARC funding and an additional $1 million provided by industry partners.

The centre will train 20 industry-ready innovation scientists to tackle skills gaps in radiochemistry and diagnostic imaging in Australia’s medical technologies and pharmaceuticals sector.

The centre will draw together leading researchers and industry partners to develop novel diagnostics, therapeutics and theranostics for cost-effective diagnostic imaging and improved health outcomes.

Professor Høj said UQ’s powerful performance across the ARC funding projects was further evidence of the university’s commitment to supporting leading researchers and enabling them to create positive change.

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Sewer technology brings global honour for UQ-led team

A University of Queensland-led research team that is radically improving sewer design and management recently won a prestigious international prize in Portugal.

UQ Environmental Sciences

The Master of Integrated Water Management program at UQ takes a whole-of-water-cycle approach

The $21-million research project, Sewer Corrosion and Odour: Putting Science in Sewers, is believed to be the world’s largest sewer-related research program.

In Lisbon, the International Water Association awarded the team with the 2014 Global Project Innovation Award (Applied Research).

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the group’s discoveries already had saved the industry partners several hundred million dollars.

“This work is delivering advances in science as well as tangible, practical outcomes,” Professor Høj said. “The strong partnership between the researchers and the industry organisations has been central to this project’s success.”

Program leader Professor Zhiguo Yuan, from the UQ Advanced Water Management Centre, said sewerage system corrosion and odour was a huge problem for water utilities globally.

“Our research has uncovered a substantial level of new knowledge, highly advantageous tools and innovative technologies to address these problems,” Professor Yuan said.

The five-year research project brought together researchers from five Australian universities and 11 industry partners, and was supported by the Australian Research Council.

“This was the largest ARC Linkage Program grant for research in the water industry,” Professor Yuan said.

“The utility participants collectively provide wastewater services to about two-thirds of the Australian population. The high level of ARC and industry support that we attracted was due to our water industry partners’ demonstrated leadership, and to the research partners’ excellent capability.

“Our world-class engineers, microbiologists, materials scientists, analytical chemists and mathematical modellers have developed sustainable solutions to support the cost-effective management of complex sewer corrosion and odour problems.

“This project will have an enduring impact on the global water industry.”

Master of Integrated Water Management

The Master of Integrated Water Management program aims to build future leaders in water management with an emphasis on working either in rural international development, in urban water policy and management, or across stakeholders in the context of integrating water resource management for water, food, energy and environment. The program draws on the expertise of international leaders in education and research across a wide breadth of disciplines, taking a trans-disciplinary whole-of-water-cycle approach that equips students with practical tools and skills for developing and managing the implementation of innovative solutions to local, regional, national and international water challenges. Graduates will be part of a growing and vibrant global professional network of alumni, lecturers and institutions, with continued access to a pool of expertise and opportunities for professional development. For more information, visit the IWC website at www.watercentre.org/education/masters.

Program: Master of Integrated Water Management
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Duration: 1.5 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: November 30, 2014

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Friday, August 29th, 2014

UQ researchers’ water additive on the nose with concrete sewers

A team of University of Queensland researchers has found a way to save water providers hundreds of millions of dollars a year by reducing sewer corrosion.

Team leader and Deputy Director of UQ Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC) Professor Zhiguo Yuan said sewer systems were recognised as one of the most critical infrastructure assets for urban societies.

“Maintenance costs for these concrete sewers run into the billions of dollars a year across the world,’’ Professor Yuan said.

In a paper published in the leading international journal Science, the research team shows that a common coagulant added in the drinking water treatment, aluminium sulfate, can be a key contributor to the sulfate levels in sewage.

“This, in turn, is the primary source of hydrogen sulfide, which creates rapid concrete degradation and is the main cause of global sewer corrosion,” he said.

“This could be avoided by switching to sulfate-free coagulants at little or no extra cost compared with the large potential savings in sewer maintenance and corrosion costs.

“To get to this point, we performed a two-year sampling campaign in southeast Queensland, an extensive industry survey across Australia, a global literature review, and a comprehensive model-based scenario analysis of the various sources of sulfate.”

Coagulants are added in the drinking water treatment process to remove turbidity from the water.

University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the publishing of the team’s paper in Science was recognition of the high-calibre of research that had been undertaken and underscored the importance of industry collaboration.

“Strong industry partnerships at both researcher and institution level allow us to better leverage resources and facilities and to ensure the benefits from excellent research flow to end users,” Professor Høj said.

“What Zhiguo and his team have achieved is a perfect example of a successful industry collaboration that has added the ‘plus factor’ to excellent research and delivered an innovative, cost-effective solution to a global problem.

“We call it the path from excellence to excellence-plus.”

Established 10 years ago, Professor Yuan said the AWMC’s sewer research team had received more than $10 million in funding from industry and research grants.

“A decade ago we established the ‘Putting Science into Sewers’ research program and, since then, we have delivered more than $400 million in documented savings to the Australian water industry, with much more to come,” he said.

“We are particularly pleased that we were able to simultaneously achieve both academic and industry impact in the same research program—something that we have always strived to achieve.”

In undertaking sewer research, The University of Queensland partnered with The University of New South Wales, The University of Newcastle, The University of Sydney, Curtin University of Technology, Barwon Water Corporation, CH2MHILL, City of Gold Coast, Hunter Water Corporation, Melbourne Water Corporation, South Australian Water Corporation, South East Water Limited, Sydney Water Corporation, Veolia Water, Water Research Australia Limited, and Water Corporation of Western Australia.

Master of Integrated Water Management

The Master of Integrated Water Management program aims to build future leaders in water management with an emphasis on working either in rural international development, in urban water policy and management, or across stakeholders in the context of integrating water resource management for water, food, energy and environment. The program draws on the expertise of international leaders in education and research across a wide breadth of disciplines, taking a trans-disciplinary whole-of-water-cycle approach that equips students with practical tools and skills for developing and managing the implementation of innovative solutions to local, regional, national and international water challenges. Graduates will be part of a growing and vibrant global professional network of alumni, lecturers and institutions, with continued access to a pool of expertise and opportunities for professional development. For more information, visit the IWC website (www.watercentre.org/education/masters).

Program: Master of Integrated Water Management
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Duration: 1.5 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: November 30, 2014

Apply to the University of Queensland!

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Receive more information about environmental science and water management programs at the University of Queensland! Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.