SEET leads research funding

Pro Vice Chancellor (SEET) Professor Debra Henly
Pro Vice Chancellor (SEET) Professor Debra Henly

Griffith University’s Science, Engineering, Environment and Technology academic group has emerged a clear winner in today’s Australian Research Council Discovery grants.

While congratulating the recipients, Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Debra Henly (pictured) said the funding was welcome recognition of the world-leading research being undertaken.

“This is an outstanding result not only because of the number of grants awarded, but also because of the breadth of research that has been recognised,” Professor Henly said.

More than three million dollars has been awarded to fund 10 research projects over the next three years.

Two of the successful research projects are from The Institute for Glycomics.

  • Professor Mark von Itzstein has been awarded $360,000 for the project he is leading entitled, Exploring the novel structural features of influenza virus sialidase.
  • Professor Michael P Jennings has also been successful with $345,000 to research, The protein O-glycosylation pathway of Neisseria: A model system for O-glycosylation of bacterial proteins with potential use in biotechnology.

The remaining successful applications from within the SEET group are;

  • Professor Sima Dimitrijev and Dr Jisheng Han ($415,000) for their project into more efficient and cheaper lighting; Towards Energy-Efficient Lighting Based on Light-Emitting Diodes: The Role of Silicon Carbide Grown on Si Wafers.
  • Professor David Kielpinski, Building Schroedinger’s cat: large-scale entanglement of trapped ions ($396,000) which will focus on producing the largest quantum object ever made.
  • Professor Ronald J Quinn, Dr Mikhail Krasavin, Dr Stephen A Wood, Natural Product Scaffolds: an Approach to Privileged Structures ($390,000)
  • Professor Xiangdong Yao, Dr Dongjiang Yang, One-dimensional Nanostructured Catalysts for Heterogeneous Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Furan Derivatives ($360,000).
  • Professor Kuldip K Paliwal, Dr Stephen So, Perceptually-motivated speech parameters for concurrent coding and noise-robust distributed recognition of human speech for mobile telephony systems ($322,000)
  • A/Prof Kewen Wang, Prof Rodney W Topor, Efficient Ontology Systems for Heterogeneous Information Reasoning and Sharing ($315,000)
  • Dr Junhu Wang, View-Based Processing Pattern Matching Queries in Large Graphs ($240,000)
  • Professor David V Thiel, Dr Andrew J Lewis, An assessment of the fundamental size limits for planar antennas using unconstrained optimisation methods ($210,000).

Professor Henly also congratulated three recipients of the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, also from within the SEET group.

Dr Simon Linke of the Australian Rivers Institute has been awarded $375,000 for his research into the protection of rare aquatic species.

Dr Mirko Lobino from The Centre for Quantum Dynamics has also attracted $375,000.00 for his research into creating a quantum computer capable of solving important problems exponentially faster than any classical machine.

Dr Han Xu, also from CQD, received $360,000 for his project entitled Efficient high-order harmonic generation using dissociating molecular ions with controlled inter-nuclear separation.

“This is an outstanding outcome for these researchers at a critical time in their career,” Professor Henly said.