Queensland COVID-19 research

This page of Queensland’s research related to the COVID-19 pandemic is compiled from information provided by Queensland universities and research institutes.

While many of our researchers are working on potential vaccines, treatments and other medical interventions, other researchers are applying their expertise to other impacts of the pandemic upon our economy and other aspects of society. The data includes immediate research activity, recent relevant work, proposed research (subject to available funds) and other responses using the resources and expertise of our research organisations.

Listing 5 matching responses out of 142 total responses.

  • Ghost Trains: Australian Rail in the Early Stages of the Global COVID-19 Pandemic February 2021

    The rail industry, as with all sectors worldwide, has faced disruptions due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. This research considers how rail organisations in Australia have engaged within the early stages of the crisis, outlining the challenges faced and how they were addressed. Recommendations re provided regarding how the Human Factors and Ergonomics discipline can support safe and effective rail operations in the context of both widespread crises such as pandemics as well as the less dramatic, but ever present, shifts in the physical, social, economic and political environments in which rail organisations operate.

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    School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
    CQUniversity

    Contact details
    Associate Professor Anjum Naweed
    Senior Research Fellow
    anjum.naweed@cqu.edu.au
    +61 7 4930 9264
    Collaborations
  • Identifying and mitigating future risks from Queensland wastewater industry through biosolids technology innovation. May 2021

    This Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship project led by Dr. Elsa Antunes from James Cook University's Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science will characterise emergent chemical contaminants and biohazards that are present in biosolids from North Queensland Councils. Technological solutions to treat biosolids and mitigate hazards will be developed to prevent future emergent contaminant related disasters. The efficacy of biosolids treatment technologies will be proven and the potential for councils to generate a value-added and saleable product will be assessed.

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    College of Science and Engineering
    James Cook University

    Contact details
    Doctor Elsa Antunes
    Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
    elsa.antunes1@jcu.edu.au
    +61 4 9865 6948
    Collaborations
    • Burdekin Shire Council
    • Townsville City Council
    • Mackay Regional Council
    • Whitsunday Regional Council
    • Isaac Regional Council
  • Developing an antiviral surface cleaner utilising unique surface adsorption properties of gelatine-hydrolysate. July 2021

    The Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship project led by Dr. Heather Shewan at UQ School of Chemical Engineering aims to develop a novel antiviral cleaner to decrease the survival time of COVID-19 on surfaces by utilising hydrolysed gelatine to form an active film. This will be achieved through evaluation of thin-film material properties, virology and microbiology. Outcomes for Queensland include an antiviral surface cleaner product to reduce surface transmission of COVID-19 and possible new manufacturing opportunity in the State.

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    School of Chemical Engineering
    The University of Queensland

    Contact details
    Doctor Heather Shewan
    Research Fellow
    h.shewan@uq.edu.au
    +61 7 336 54920
    Collaborations
    • GELITA Australia
    • OzKleen
  • Combating the transmission of coronavirus in urban water systems through novel disinfection. July 2021

    This Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship project led by Dr. Ji Lu from the UQ Advanced Water Management Centre aims to investigate the fate (occurrence, abundance, distribution and survival) of SARS-CoV-2 and address transmission risks of SARS-CoV-2 in urban water systems. In addition to evaluating the efficiency of current disinfection processes in removing SARS-CoV-2, this project will develop a novel and universal disinfection method as a proactive strategy to combat various viruses for other potential pandemics.

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    Advanced Water Management Centre
    The University of Queensland

    Contact details
    Doctor Ji Lu
    Postdoctoral researcher
    j.lu@awmc.uq.edu.au
    +61 7 3346 9042
    Collaborations
    • BGI Australia
    • Urban Utilities
    • Queensland Health
  • Developing on-line oxidation measurement for remote operation of coal mines during pandemic. August 2020

    Queensland coal production is disrupted by COVID-19 pandemic because many workers cannot go to mine sites due to travel restrictions, quarantines and physical distancing rules. This Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship project led by Dr. Xumeng Chen from UQ's School of Chemical Engineering will develop an on-line system to measure coal oxidation, a key parameter in coal processing, to assist remote operation of coal preparation plants, which will ensure stable coal production without compromising workers’ safety.

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    School of Chemical Engineering
    The University of Queensland

    Contact details
    Doctor Xumeng Chen
    Research Fellow Mineral Process Engineering
    x.chen7@uq.edu.au
    +61 7 334 69990
    Collaborations
    Australian Coal Research Limited

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Key Australian COVID-19 initiatives

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Key international COVID-19 initiatives

CORD-19 (COVID-19 Open Research Dataset)
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