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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

Clean Energy

Imaging fluid-fluid interfacial curvatures in porous media: relating physics and geometry

This computational and theoretical project will extract geometric information from sequences of newly obtained 3D x-ray microscope images to better understand how two immiscible fluids interact inside complex porous materials.

A/Prof Adrian Sheppard

Environmental Physics

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

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

Materials Science and Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

Soft Condensed Matter: Rotaxanes

Of great recent interest is the subject of rotaxanes.  Rotaxanes are molecules  where one or more ring
components is threaded onto an axle that is capped on both ends with stoppers to prevent the rings from
falling o ff. These systems exhibit complex and fascinating physics.

Professor David Williams

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

Surface specific labelling in X-ray tomography

This project will look to develop staining methodologies to emphasise specific surface features in X-ray microtomography.

Prof Timothy Senden, A/Prof Adrian Sheppard

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

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

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

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

Physics of Fluids

Imaging fluid-fluid interfacial curvatures in porous media: relating physics and geometry

This computational and theoretical project will extract geometric information from sequences of newly obtained 3D x-ray microscope images to better understand how two immiscible fluids interact inside complex porous materials.

A/Prof Adrian Sheppard

Theoretical Physics

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

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

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

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

Soft Condensed Matter: Rotaxanes

Of great recent interest is the subject of rotaxanes.  Rotaxanes are molecules  where one or more ring
components is threaded onto an axle that is capped on both ends with stoppers to prevent the rings from
falling o ff. These systems exhibit complex and fascinating physics.

Professor David Williams

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

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

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

3D print pedagogical models of periodic minimal surfaces

Explore the geometry and symmetries of some periodic minimal surfaces and learn about their relevance in chemical and biological self assembly.  

Dr Vanessa Robins

Motions of periodic frameworks

We will use linear algebra methods to characterise the allowed movements of periodic framework structures. 

Dr Vanessa Robins

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

Motions of panel structures

Study motions of periodic panel-hinge structures using projective geometry and linear algebra.

Dr Vanessa Robins

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

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

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