Digital monitoring of plant heath is essential for fast and accurate detection of plant stress due to water availability, a lack of nutrient uptake, the presence of pests and diseases, among other things.

Self-adhering sensors have the ability to monitor and regulate the internal conditions at an individual plant level and as part of a digitised farming system, can serve to boost yield, quality, and productivity of crops for farmers and the global agriculture industry.


Chemical Engineering

Research Area

Responsive hydrogel | Advanced materials | Origami | Sustainable soft robotics

Key features of the research environment include:

  • The work will be undertaken at Fluid Foundry and Complex Fluid Research Group in the School of Chemical Engineering.
  • The student will work with the supervisory team: Dr Maryam Hosseini and A/Prof Patrick Spicer.

This project is centred around experimental work, offering students a hands-on experience in sustainable metamaterial design, synthesis, and characterisation, alongside prototyping soft robotics.

The project is grounded in innovative material design concepts using cellulose paper.

Students will have access to a chemical engineering fluid foundry, gaining valuable collaborative skills. The data generated will be used in peer-reviewed publications, and students have the opportunity to further pursue this project as their honours thesis.

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