UTS Science focuses on impact driven research to meet the needs of the community, and society with outcomes that change lives. Here are some exciting things you could be involved with.
Is what’s good for the oyster industry also good for the planet?
Algal Biosystems and Biotechnology
Erica Leal, UTS honours student hopes her research into algae food for oysters will revolutionise how and where oysters are produced. Talk to Erica and you’ll be convinced all sorts of environmentally sustainable possibilities for the microscopic plants that are a renewable resource. It turns out that microalgae only need sunlight and carbon dioxide to grow, and some species grow products in their cells that can be harvested to make food, fuel and pharmaceuticals
Designing Better Batteries
Clean energy technology
When your phone 'dies' running out of charge feels like the end of the world. How do we design better batteries to store more energy at a lower cost to the environment? Dr Hao Liu is tackling this problem right now by working with new materials to create the next generation of energy storage devices. His vision is to help Australia decarbonise its transport sector and create pioneering portable electronic devices. One day the clothing you wear will store energy you need to keep you connected
You never know where an Honours project in Forensics Science might take you
In her Honours year Natasha Benson leapt at the opportunity to help the Australian Federal Police develop technology to study the patterns knives make in fabrics. And so, research aimed at the forensic investigation of knife crime gave birth to Conan, the world’s first stabbing machine. Now that is truly inspiring!
Is honey really good for you?
Honey’s healing properties have been known for centuries and an especially potent variety, Manuka honey, is prized today as a health supplement. But is honey really good for you? What makes Manuka, Manuka and is Australian Manuka honey just as good at killing bugs as its New Zealand counterpart? All good questions for a microbiologist like Dr Nural Cokcetin to ponder and find proof for the medicinal properties of honey.
What do you get when you cross a biologist with an engineer?
Advanced Tissue Regeneration and Drug Delivery group
A biomedical engineer of course and, more specifically, Dr Joshua Chou who sees the human body as one big mechanosensing machine. This research reaches right down to the cellular level and with gene editing tools like CRISPR-9 now commonplace the early diagnosis of disease through mechanomedicine is not far away.
Could our breath tell us we are sick in the future?
Biomedical Materials and Devices
Noushin Nasiri is trying to develop the world's smallest biosensor for detecting disease in a person's breath. Using nanotechnology, she is fabricating the "science behind a dog's nose" into a biosensor (rectangular disk) that one day might be able to slot into your smartphone, analyse your breath and tell you if it detects an illness.
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