The Australian Research Council (ARC) has awarded seven Future Fellowships to University of Queensland researchers.
Quantum physics, improving personal security and helping disabled people enter the workforce are among the projects being explored by this year’s UQ recipients.
The Future Fellowships are awarded to outstanding mid-career researchers, who will receive funding support for the next four years to undertake their innovative research in Australia.
UQ Future Fellowship 2021 recipients, who will share almost $6 million for their projects, include:
Associate Professor Paul Harpur: to investigate how the higher education sector can better support people with disabilities to transition from economic exclusion to work.
Dr Magdalena Zych: to develop a mathematical framework describing measurements of time with high-precision clocks sensitive to both quantum and gravitational effects.
Dr Paul Evans: to build on new discoveries about ancient microorganisms belonging to the Archaea that process methane, a significant greenhouse gas.
Dr Jingwei Hou: to investigate the highly stable and efficient semiconductive composite materials, recently discovered by his group, consisting of metal halide perovskite embedded in metal-organic framework glass.
Dr Simon Haine: theoretical physics project to develop ultra-precise sensing capabilities for two main applications: ultrastable inertial sensors for improved navigation and gravimetry, and to search for signatures of quantum gravity.
Dr Hongzhi Yin: tackling the challenging problem of personalised predictive analytics with resource-constrained personal devices and massive-scale data.
Dr Markus Muttenthaler: developing next-generation molecular probes with enhanced specificity and spatiotemporal control for the study of proteins and neuropeptide signalling.