Sorry, this program is not available for local students.
Please contact Info Corner to discuss other study options.
Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact us for more information.
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:
- anaerobic digester hydrodynamics
- biochemical engineering
- biodegradable polymer nanocomposites
- biomass utilisation and conversion
- chaos and mixing
- colloids science
- corrosion and materials degradation
- drinking water treatment
- flow process and mixer analysis of complex fluids and multiphase mixtures
- life cycle analysis of processes
- nanodroplets, nanobubbles and nanocatalysts
- polymer processing
- rheology of polymers and sludge
- surface science
- water quality and wastewater treatment
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:
- Centre for Innovative Structures and Materials (CISM)
- Water: Effective Technologies and Tools (WETT) Research Centre
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.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Time spent on research
Full-time candidates are expected to commit at least four days per week (or at least two days per week for part-time candidates) to their research. The academic year is 48 weeks.
Regular contact with your supervisor
A schedule of meetings with your supervisor/s must be established to assess progress against milestones and timely completion.
Resources, facilities and support
You will have access to online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
You will be part of an active research community and have access to resources and workshops to help you succeed.
School of Graduate Research
The School of Graduate Research works with Schools to further support candidates during their postgraduate research degree.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Examples of our research partners and associates include:
- ATC Williams
- Barwan Water
- Cranfield University
- Indian Institute of Chemical Technology
- Melbourne Water
- South East Water
- University of Twente
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.
For further information about this program, please make an enquiry.
Program and course information
Lead your field
Become a leader in your field through exposure to our industry partners and our leading chemical engineering research centres.