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Development of thin high barrier sustainable packaging films

   Centre for Bioplastics

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  Prof Peter Halley  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

About the project

Plantic’s sustainable packaging is produced using a naturally high amylose starch, derived from corn. This innovative material, developed in partnership with UQ and other universities, has positioned Plantic as a global leader in starch-based packaging.

In the Plantic project, there are two study focuses which are (i) To develop a better understanding of the effect of formulation and processing on the physical properties of starch-based barrier films, and (ii) To develop a fundamental model for barrier transport through these environmentally sensitive films.

The PhD Project will work closely in the ARC Training Centre for Bioplastics and Biocomposites, with Plantic Technologies to provide fundamental understandings to enable the production of high-performing, thin barrier films. The PhD student will work closely with a postdoctoral fellow and researchers at UQ, QUT and Plantic.

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About us

There is unprecedented growth in demand for bioderived and biodegradable materials. The new $13M ARC Training Centre in Bioplastics and Biocomposites will capitalise on Australia’s abundant natural bioresources to drive advances in technology for the development of bioplastic and biocomposite products for the new bioeconomy. We are a collaboration between industry, The University of Queensland (UQ) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

We have a critical focus on providing an exceptional PhD experience.

With unique polymer processing, scale-up and analytical facilities along with extensive polymer characterisation and degradation capabilities, the research environments at UQ and QUT deliver exceptional laboratory opportunities and expertise to our students.

The 18 chief investigators and six industry partner investigators are recognised as national and global leaders in bioresource development, bioplastic and biocomposite manufacture and processing, sustainability in supply chain management, environmental and behavioural economics, and environmental impact assessment. As a Centre student you will receive mentoring from these academic and industry leaders, access internal funding opportunities, and gain real world experience through targeted training and extensive industry placements.

About you

Expressions of interest are invited from outstanding Australian and international graduates with a passion for global sustainability. Candidates must meet UQ PhD entry requirements. Candidates also need excellent written and verbal communication skills. Applicants with skills/experience in in chemistry, chemical engineering, material science, barrier modelling and/or material processing are encouraged to apply.

Enquiries and applications

For enquiries and to apply, email Dr Lisa Pope, Centre manager, [Email Address Removed]

1)      Covering letter (how your experience aligns with the project and our vision)

2)      Curriculum vitae (please include evidence of research writing)

3)      Academic transcripts

The Centre for Bioplastics supports a diverse workforce. We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Applications for the current round close 8 January 2023

Funding Notes

Funded PhD Project students worldwide
Be a part of advancing our transition to a ‘greener’ plastic future.
Fully funded scholarship available at $34,938 p.a. with the possibility of a top-up to $45,000 p.a. tax free for exceptional students
12-month industry placement
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