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Biophysics

Three-dimensional crystalline structures from two-dimensional hyperbolic tilings

A variety of projects are available that will contribute to the enumeration and characterisation of 3-periodic network structures via the tiling of periodic minimal surfaces and thereby enhance our understanding of self-assembled structures in nature.  

Dr Vanessa Robins, Professor Stephen Hyde

Protein structure: new topological methods

The notion of protein secondary and tertiary structure is a loose one, that deserves a deeper look. Some proteins are considered to be highly structured in their usual folded state, others lack well defined structures. We are interested in the basic question "what is structure in a folded protein chain"?

Professor Stephen Hyde

Environmental Physics

Nanobubbles

Nanobubbles are simply nanosized bubbles. What makes them interesting? Theory tells us they should dissolve in less than a second but they are stable for days. Additionally, they have lots of interesting properties being implicated in medical treatments and cleaning technologies.

Professor Vincent Craig

Modelling multi-component fluid flow in porous materials

Newly developed X-ray micro-CT imaging instruments are combining with computational power to give new insights into the flow of two immiscible fluids through the labyrinthine pore space of soils and rocks.  This project will use computational modelling to improve our understanding of these complex but important processes.

A/Prof Adrian Sheppard, Dr Andrew Fogden, Dr Shane Latham

4D tomography

The ANU has constructed an X-ray micro-computed tomography facility with a unique helical scanning configuration that enables tomographic images of extremely high quality to be produced.  This experimental project will work with theoreticians to image the evolution of time-changing samples with unprecented time resolution.

A/Prof Adrian Sheppard, Dr Glenn Myers, Dr Andrew Kingston

Materials Science and Engineering

Compression of 3D X-ray imaging data

The CT lab hosts several 3D X-ray imaging systems, each generating ~240GB/day of data. The student will: (i) explore various data compression schemes; (ii) theoretically and empirically analyse interactions between data compression, X-ray image processing, and 3D analysis; (iii) develop new 3D imaging methods, based on successful data compression schemes

Dr Glenn Myers, Dr Andrew Kingston, Dr Benoit Recur, A/Prof Adrian Sheppard

Micro-CT image segmentation

Newly developed X-ray micro-CT imaging instruments are combining with computational power to give new insights into the three-dimensional structure of porous materials. This project will evaluate performance accuracy of state-of-the-art segmentation methods on micro-CT images. The goal is the development of accurate unsupervised segmentation algorithms for consistent quantitative analysis of porous material images.

Dr Shane Latham, A/Prof Adrian Sheppard

High-density artifact correction in x-ray micro-tomography

High-density objects in specimens of interest (e.g., metal-pins in biological specimens), can cause significant quality degradation of 3D images produced at our micro-tomography facility. This project explores/compares techniques in hardware to avoid the problem and techniques in software to correct for the problems caused by these objects.

Dr Andrew Kingston, Dr Benoit Recur, Dr Glenn Myers, A/Prof Adrian Sheppard

3D phantoms for X-ray micro-tomography

"Phantoms" are objects used for performance testing and/or calibration of 3D X-ray computed tomography (CT) systems. This project involves designing, 3D printing, and subsequently imaging phantoms at the micro-CT facility of the Applied Maths department.

Dr Andrew Kingston, Dr Glenn Myers, A/Prof Adrian Sheppard, Prof Timothy Senden

Topological analysis of cellular materials

This project will use topological image analysis algorithms to study the structure of cellular materials such as copper foams and bone and investigate how topological parameters correlate with material properties.

Dr Vanessa Robins, A/Prof Adrian Sheppard, Dr Mohammad Saadatfar

Multi-spectral x-ray micro-tomography

The ANU X-ray micro-tomography facility images over a broad spectrum (or range) of X-ray energies. The behaviour of specimens of interest at different X-ray energies can tell us a lot about its composition. This project will explore 1) techniques to image specimens at various X-ray spectral-bands, and 2) methods to analyse the results.

Dr Andrew Kingston, Dr Glenn Myers, A/Prof Adrian Sheppard

Intelligent 3D X-ray imaging, for improved analysis of complex 3D images.

This project will develop new methods for "intelligent" processing of 3D X-ray data (i.e. methods which use a priori information). These new methods will double as a non-traditional approach to automated image analysis; the project will compare this new approach with more traditional methods.

Dr Glenn Myers, Dr Benoit Recur, Dr Andrew Kingston, A/Prof Adrian Sheppard

Novel liquid crystals from novel molecular self-assemblies

We are  exploring the self-assembly of "star polyphiles", which form nanostructured materials, with three distinct domains winding within the bulk, forming a range of liquid crystalline phases. The area is a rich one, and theoretical, simulation and experimental projects are available.

Professor Stephen Hyde, Dr Liliana de Campo

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Nanobubbles

Nanobubbles are simply nanosized bubbles. What makes them interesting? Theory tells us they should dissolve in less than a second but they are stable for days. Additionally, they have lots of interesting properties being implicated in medical treatments and cleaning technologies.

Professor Vincent Craig

Nanofluids

Under certain circumstances nanoparticles without any solvent present remain as liquids. Such nanofluids are interesting as model systems for studying common fluids with the advantage that the 'molecular' granularity is now on a scale which is more than an order of magnitude larger than common liquids.

Professor Vincent Craig

Novel liquid crystals from novel molecular self-assemblies

We are  exploring the self-assembly of "star polyphiles", which form nanostructured materials, with three distinct domains winding within the bulk, forming a range of liquid crystalline phases. The area is a rich one, and theoretical, simulation and experimental projects are available.

Professor Stephen Hyde, Dr Liliana de Campo

Physics of Fluids

Modelling multi-component fluid flow in porous materials

Newly developed X-ray micro-CT imaging instruments are combining with computational power to give new insights into the flow of two immiscible fluids through the labyrinthine pore space of soils and rocks.  This project will use computational modelling to improve our understanding of these complex but important processes.

A/Prof Adrian Sheppard, Dr Andrew Fogden, Dr Shane Latham

Nanofluids

Under certain circumstances nanoparticles without any solvent present remain as liquids. Such nanofluids are interesting as model systems for studying common fluids with the advantage that the 'molecular' granularity is now on a scale which is more than an order of magnitude larger than common liquids.

Professor Vincent Craig

Theoretical Physics

Compression of 3D X-ray imaging data

The CT lab hosts several 3D X-ray imaging systems, each generating ~240GB/day of data. The student will: (i) explore various data compression schemes; (ii) theoretically and empirically analyse interactions between data compression, X-ray image processing, and 3D analysis; (iii) develop new 3D imaging methods, based on successful data compression schemes

Dr Glenn Myers, Dr Andrew Kingston, Dr Benoit Recur, A/Prof Adrian Sheppard

High-density artifact correction in x-ray micro-tomography

High-density objects in specimens of interest (e.g., metal-pins in biological specimens), can cause significant quality degradation of 3D images produced at our micro-tomography facility. This project explores/compares techniques in hardware to avoid the problem and techniques in software to correct for the problems caused by these objects.

Dr Andrew Kingston, Dr Benoit Recur, Dr Glenn Myers, A/Prof Adrian Sheppard

Multi-spectral x-ray micro-tomography

The ANU X-ray micro-tomography facility images over a broad spectrum (or range) of X-ray energies. The behaviour of specimens of interest at different X-ray energies can tell us a lot about its composition. This project will explore 1) techniques to image specimens at various X-ray spectral-bands, and 2) methods to analyse the results.

Dr Andrew Kingston, Dr Glenn Myers, A/Prof Adrian Sheppard

Intelligent 3D X-ray imaging, for improved analysis of complex 3D images.

This project will develop new methods for "intelligent" processing of 3D X-ray data (i.e. methods which use a priori information). These new methods will double as a non-traditional approach to automated image analysis; the project will compare this new approach with more traditional methods.

Dr Glenn Myers, Dr Benoit Recur, Dr Andrew Kingston, A/Prof Adrian Sheppard

Topological and Structural Science

Micro-CT image segmentation

Newly developed X-ray micro-CT imaging instruments are combining with computational power to give new insights into the three-dimensional structure of porous materials. This project will evaluate performance accuracy of state-of-the-art segmentation methods on micro-CT images. The goal is the development of accurate unsupervised segmentation algorithms for consistent quantitative analysis of porous material images.

Dr Shane Latham, A/Prof Adrian Sheppard

3D phantoms for X-ray micro-tomography

"Phantoms" are objects used for performance testing and/or calibration of 3D X-ray computed tomography (CT) systems. This project involves designing, 3D printing, and subsequently imaging phantoms at the micro-CT facility of the Applied Maths department.

Dr Andrew Kingston, Dr Glenn Myers, A/Prof Adrian Sheppard, Prof Timothy Senden

Three-dimensional crystalline structures from two-dimensional hyperbolic tilings

A variety of projects are available that will contribute to the enumeration and characterisation of 3-periodic network structures via the tiling of periodic minimal surfaces and thereby enhance our understanding of self-assembled structures in nature.  

Dr Vanessa Robins, Professor Stephen Hyde

4D tomography

The ANU has constructed an X-ray micro-computed tomography facility with a unique helical scanning configuration that enables tomographic images of extremely high quality to be produced.  This experimental project will work with theoreticians to image the evolution of time-changing samples with unprecented time resolution.

A/Prof Adrian Sheppard, Dr Glenn Myers, Dr Andrew Kingston

Topological analysis of cellular materials

This project will use topological image analysis algorithms to study the structure of cellular materials such as copper foams and bone and investigate how topological parameters correlate with material properties.

Dr Vanessa Robins, A/Prof Adrian Sheppard, Dr Mohammad Saadatfar

Protein structure: new topological methods

The notion of protein secondary and tertiary structure is a loose one, that deserves a deeper look. Some proteins are considered to be highly structured in their usual folded state, others lack well defined structures. We are interested in the basic question "what is structure in a folded protein chain"?

Professor Stephen Hyde

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