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Master of Industrial Research (Chemistry)

    • CRICOS Code: 098316C

    What will I study?

    Overview

    Course structure

    Completion of 200 points, comprising:

    • Industry-based research project (150 points)
    • Coursework core and elective subjects (50 points).

    The research project will be conducted within industry laboratories, supervised by a staff member from the Faculty of Science and from the industry partner. You’ll produce a project proposal and a final research report/thesis, and deliver a seminar on your findings.

    You’ll select your elective subjects from a wide range on offer, ranging from chemistry, business, statistics, modelling, ethics and scientific communication.

    Industry Projects available for 2019

    We have six industry projects available for start-year 2019.

    1. Industry partners: CSIRO (Clayton) and Boron Molecular (Noble Park)
      Academic supervisor: Associate Professor Craig Hutton from the School of Chemistry.

      The project will involve optimising the synthesis of commercially important organoboron compounds.
      The goal is to understand how reaction parameters affect the yield, purity and ease of scale-up for a
      variety of organoboron chemistries. The candidate will gain valuable experience in synthetic chemistry.
    2. Industry partner: PPG Australia (Clayton)
      Academic supervisor: Professor Greg Qiao from the School of Chemical Engineering.

      Coatings and paints often contain volatile organic content (VOC) which requires heat to be driven off
      during the industrial application process. To reduce the environmental impact of both VOCs and high
      energy demands, this project will assess novel diluents for their potential to solubilize selected polymers
      and the resulting system assessed for chemical and physical changes. The candidate will gain valuable
      experience in polymer chemistry and formulation.
    3. Industry partner: Dulux Innovation Centre (Clayton)
      Academic supervisor: Dr Georgina Such from the School of Chemistry.

      The project will involve the synthesis and characterisation of novel paint additives. The goal is to reduce
      release of volatile organic compounds during drying to improve consumer desirability. The project will
      include the testing and evaluation of the experimental products in prototype coatings using industry
      standard methods.
    4. Industry partner: Qenos Technical Centre (Altona)
      Academic supervisor: Prof Uta Wille from the School of Chemistry.

      The project will involve understanding the behaviour of polymer stabilisers in real world applications.
      Analytical methodology will be developed to measure the active and inactive forms of stabilisers in high
      density polyethylene composites and products, post compounding and after they have been in service.
      Changes in molecular structure due to the chemistry of inactivation will be investigated and used to
      inform the design of better stabilisers, leading to longer lasting products.
    5. Industry partner: Laminex (Ballarat, Vic and Dardanup, W.A.)
      Academic supervisors: Professor Greg Qiao and Prof Amanda Ellis from the School of Chemical
      Engineering.

      This project will explore the replacement of the core layer within particle board with alternative wood
      sources from agricultural-crop waste, recycled wood and non-wood alternatives. The project has a
      material science/characterisation focus and various materials will be tested using spectroscopy,
      microscopy and mechanical testing. The candidate will gain valuable experience in materials science.
    6. Industry partner: Ixom (East Melbourne and Deer Park)
      Academic supervisors: Professor Greg Qiao and Prof Peter Scales from the School of Chemical
      Engineering.
      The project will involve understanding and improving an existing mineral slurry product. Initially
      examining variables that affect rheology and stability, this project will then replicate the commercial
      manufacturing process at lab scale. The candidate will gain valuable experience in minerals processing.
      The project will involve working in laboratories at both the University of Melbourne and Ixom sites in
      East Melbourne and Deer Park.