Apply your advanced engineering skills to industry-focused research projects and identify real-world solutions to existing and emerging chemical engineering problems.
You can select from existing applied research projects that are well supported by industry. These projects will deliver fundamental research leading to innovative new products, processes and knowledge.
Research opportunities are in the fields of rheology, advanced and functional materials, water and wastewater, energy, complex liquid flow, microfluidics, and surface science.
You will be expertly supervised while you work on a project in one of the following areas:
This PhD may be undertaken in a project, thesis with publication or thesis mode. Prospective candidates should discuss these modes of submission with their potential supervisor.
Our primary research activities are conducted within these related research centres:
The School of Engineering has excellent laboratory facilities for rheology, materials characterisation, polymer processing, and water quality and treatment. We also have facilities for the conduct of lab and pilot scale investigations which are complemented by a comprehensive range of general and specialist analytical equipment. You will also have the opportunity to use RMIT's state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar MicroNano Research Facility.
Chemical engineering at RMIT has received recognition for world class research that is well supported by competitive grants, Australian Research Council grants, and industry funding. In the 2015 QS World University Rankings, chemical engineering at RMIT was ranked among the top 100-150 universities in the world based on academic reputation, research citations and employer satisfaction.
The minimum requirements for admission to a PhD program are:
At RMIT a grade of distinction represents academic achievement of 70% or higher and a high distinction is 80% or higher.
If you are a current master by research candidate, you are able to apply for a transfer to a doctor of philosophy program through the process prescribed in the RMIT Higher Degree by Research policy and processes.
You will be able to pursue an academic career in a university or be employed in senior leadership and management positions in government, scientific and industrial research laboratories.