Gas Transport in in Ultra-Thin Nanomaterials

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor – Professor Suresh Bhatias.bhatia@uq.edu.au

An important objective of emerging nanotechnologies is efficiency improvement by using small system sizes of nanoscale dimensions to reduce resistance to transport of molecules. Gas separation using ultra-thin membranes, sensors, catalysis and drug delivery are some examples where such nanotechnologies are being developed. However, as system size is reduced, resistance to fluid flow related to the system boundaries becomes increasingly important, and limits the efficiency improvement possible. This project will investigate these effects through simulations of flow in zeolites as well as carbon nanotubes. In addition, modelling of the flow in nanoscale tubes will be performed, to develop an understanding of the mechanisms affecting the transport in the entry region. Several applications where such effects will be important will be examined. These include drug delivery using nanosized adsorbents, and ultra-thin membranes as well as nanocomposite mixed matrix membranes for gas separation and desalination. Another application is that of transdermal drug delivery and transport through the nanoscale lipid bilayers within the outermost layer of the skin, which controls the rate of delivery.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of transport phenomena and fluid flow would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of chemical engineering or physics or theoretical chemistry and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of computer programming is highly desirable.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2022. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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