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Optimisation of bioresources, technologies and markets for bioplastics

   ARC Training Centre for Bioplastics and Biocomposites

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  Prof Ian O'Hara, Dr Lisa Pope  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Be a part of advancing our transition to a ‘greener’ plastic future.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Bioplastics and Biocomposites is offering generous PhD scholarships with 12-month industry placements.

$34,938 per annum (tax-free) scholarships, 3 top-ups up to $45,000 available for an exceptional candidate.

About the project

Research at the QUT node of the Centre for Bioplastics will focus on theme 1, Supply chain integration, complemented by system-wide techno-economic assessment. Potential projects include: Optimisation of bioresources and pre-treatment technologies for bioplastics production (Prof Ian O’Hara), Better metrics for representing the environmental attributes of bioplastics in product life cycle assessment (LCA) (Dr Marguerite Renouf), Bio-based polyurethane nanocomposite impregnated with different nanoparticles with antibacterial properties (Dr Laleh Moghaddam) and Bioplasticizers and biopolymers from agricultural waste (Prof Kathryn Fairfull-Smith).

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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 QUT PhD entry requirements. Candidates also need excellent written and verbal communication skills. Specific projects outline additional desired skills, such as chemical engineering, environmental engineering, process engineering, environmental studies, life cycle assessment, water quality impacts, chemistry, biobased material, biomass valorisation, or economics or business. See each project for details.

Enquiries and applications

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

1)      Covering letter (detailing your research project / theme of interest, and how your experience aligns with 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 23 October 2022.

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