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Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences (Q-CAS) Collaborative Science funding recipients

Year Recipient Project name Amount Project summary
2017 The University of Queensland Predicting Crop Yield from Space $125,000 This project will develop crop yield prediction systems using remotely-sensed data from satellite platforms in combination with crop modelling and simulation technologies. Existing systems in both Queensland and northeast China will be enhanced through close collaboration and specific research to increase spatial and temporal resolution of crop yield forecasts. The integration of climate modelling, biophysical crop modelling, and satellite based metrics, will enable increased spatial specificity to field scale and cutting-edge crop yield forecasting throughout the growing season.
2017 The University of Queensland Better, cheaper, rechargeable batteries $125,000 This project aims to develop a new generation of high performance, cost-effective cathode materials for rechargeable lithium ion batteries for use in large-scale applications of importance to Queensland and China including household solar-charged batteries and electric vehicle batteries. We will:
  1. Develop materials and synthetic methods for battery cathodes with higher capacities and lower prices.
  2. Determine how composition and structure affect the performance of the new cathodes.
  3. Assemble batteries containing the advanced cathodes, and evaluate their performance for off-grid energy storage and powering electric vehicles.
  4. Establish pathways to translation, working with UQ Dow Centre and Queensland industries.
2017 QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute Nanoparticle-mediated brain iron chelation $125,000 Iron is an essential trace element that is critical for maintaining brain function. However, iron is also toxic when present in excess, and increased brain iron plays a major role in the progression of a broad range of neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Removing excess iron from the brain using drugs known as iron chelators represents a very attractive therapy for these conditions, but most chelators do not efficiently penetrate the blood brain barrier. This project will investigate a novel approach for delivering iron chelators to the brain by encapsulating them in nanoparticles or nano-sized vesicles.
2016 Queensland University of Technology Advancing nanotechnology to make thin film supercapacitors based on graphene $125,000 This project will develop an alternative to batteries by using graphene supercapacitor for an array of products currently relying on batteries such as electric cars, mobile phones and solar energy storage.
2016 Griffith University Developing whole parasite malaria vaccine $125,000 This project will develop a whole parasite malaria vaccine to produce a liposome-targeted vaccine capable of inducing both cellular and anti-body mediated immune responses.
2016 The University of Queensland Advancing ultrahigh-field MRI based neuroimaging $125,000 This project will develop new MRI hardware and techniques to view schizophrenia in the human brain, including the use of MRI scans to predict the risk of schizophrenia as well as gain an understanding of how the biologically based illness emerges. Research will define neuroimaging biomarkers of schizophrenia that might lead to earlier diagnosis and management of the disease.
2015 Griffith University Ancient knowledge, modern methods $125,000 This project will analyse and test traditional Chinese medicines to determine their mechanism of action, and accelerate their acceptance by Western regulatory agencies.
2015 Queensland University of Technology Clean, low-cost solar electricity $125,000 This project will develop new materials and technologies to make durable, non-toxic, high-efficiency solar cells using a low-cost method.
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Last updated
13 October, 2017

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