Research Student and Research Associate Testimonials
Research students and research associates at the Priority Research Centre for Energy come from within the University of Newcastle, and from international universities.
Our students join us during their undergraduate, masters and PhD degrees.
Below are some examples of the rich and varied research student and research associate population. For more information on joining the Priority Research Centre for Energy, for students please visit our specialised degrees pages to find out what research opportunities we can offer you. For research associates, please visit our research programs, to find what area of research offers the best opportunities for you.
"I studied my undergraduate degree at Negros Oriental State University in the Phillipines, where I also gained my licence as a chemist. I worked as a geoscientific chemist in the Phillipines, for the geothermal company Energy Development.
My research areas at the moment are CO2 capture and storage technologies, especially with conversion of CO2 into stable magnesium carbonate rocks. I applied to the PRC after reading information about it on the website. After I had emailed my information I was accepted, and began working here in July of 2008."
"I finished my bachelor degree from Mu'tah University in Jordan on 2003 and my faster degree from The University of Jordan on 2007. I am currently doing my Masters, with upgraded to PhD in quantum chemistry.
The PRCfE is a very big facility where I can find a good opportunity to increase my knowledge and enrich my scientific background. Additionally, people in PRCfE have a vast experience in research. I am really proud to work under their supervision."
"I completed my undergraduate degree at Widga Mandala Catholic University in Surabaya, Indonesia, and I am currently studying 'Low Termperature Oxidation Reaction on Linseed' as my Masters and I am looking to transfer into PhD.
I found the information about the PRC on the University of Newcastle website, and the research groups really interested me. I applied through the information there. I was accepted, and came here in February 2008."
"I completed my PhD in chemistry, Topic of PhD thesis: 'Determination of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in food samples containing fat' Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Division of Analytical Chemistry, Cracow University of Technology, Cracow, Poland, and I am currently undertaking research at the PRC, specialising in:
New source of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, dibenzofurans and biphenyls (PCDD/F) in the environment Trace Organic Analysis and determination of: polychlorinated dibenzodioxins (PCDD) and dibenzofurans (PCDF) polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), pesticides etc. Mass spectrometry and chromatographic techniques."
"I am currently studying my undergraduate degree at the University of Newcastle, and have been working with the PRC for over a year and a half.
I am currently doing research in Fire Fighting Foams, and am helping in a few other projects on the side. I get to do hands on experiments through my research. The laboratories in the Priority Research Centre for Energy are great to work in; they have plenty of space and excellent equipment.
I became involved in the PRC through friends, who were working with (Centre Director) Professor Dlugogorski. I've encouraged friends to join the PRC as well, it’s a great opportunity to be around post graduate students, and get ideas about whether you want to continue studying, and what areas to research.
Working with the PRC also counts towards the compulsory industry experience required as part of the bachelor of engineering."
"I completed my Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with the University of Newcastle in 2005, and went straight into my PhD which I am aiming to have completed in 2009. My PhD thesis is 'The Smart Utilisation of Thermal Mass in Masonry Buildings'.
The facilities in the new Priority Research Centre for Energy have made a huge impact on my research - having the labs I need so close to my office is a huge help for me."