PhD scholarship: Low temperature plasma for sterilisation and wound healing


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing, Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 30 October 2020
Closing date 31 January 2021


Supervisor – Dr Carolyn Jacobs

Non-equilibrium electrical discharges are partially ionized gases resulting from inelastic collisions between accelerated electrons and a neutral gas. The resultant plasma is characterised by electromagnetic fields, radiation from ultraviolet to infrared wavelengths, heat transfer, and chemical reactions producing excited species, atoms and radicals. Low temperature plasma is of particular interest for medical applications such as sterilisation and chronic wound healing as this non-equilibrium excitation of the gas produces multiple components suitable for deactivation of bacteria, while the bulk gas temperature remains low.

This project brings together teams from the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering and the UQ Diamantina Institute to study the fundamental mechanisms of plasma deactivation of bacteria and the impact of these plasma sources on DNA. The experimental data from this project will be used to develop plasma sources for potential future clinical use in Australia, particularly relating to chronic wound healing.

A working knowledge of electric discharges or microbiology would be of benefit to someone working on this project.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘PLASMA JACOBS’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of mechanical, chemical, biomedical or electrical engineering, or physics and the potential for scholastic success.


Dr Carolyn Jacobs
+61 7 3365 3594

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.