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Fluorescent sensing arrays to study metal ions in the environment


This project involves developing new methods to detect and measure metal ions from complex solutions such as river and blood.


Associate Professor Elizabeth New.

Research location

School of Chemistry

Program type



Waterways in the environment, and body fluids, contain mixtures of many metal ions, so it is difficult to selectively measure one metal ion. There is therefore a challenge in measuring the levels of heavy metals in waterways, where they are pollutants, or in the body, where they are toxins. In this project, we are developing new methods for studying heavy metals in the environment, by developing fluorescent sensing arrays.

Additional information

This project will involve organic synthesis, spectroscopic studies, and data analysis involving statistical software. Interested candidates must have strong research experience in synthetic chemistry and analytical chemistry.

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

  • Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
  • Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
  • Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
  • Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
  • Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
  • Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights; Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
  • Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
  • Hold a current scuba diving license;
  • Hold a current Working with Children Check;
  • Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 1965

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