Tailoring nano-crystal suspensions for extended ion supply to hydrophobic and hydrophilic leaf surfaces (2009–2012)

Abstract:
The project aims to tailor suspensions of nano-crystals which will adhere to both hydrophobic and hydrophilic leaf surfaces over a desired 4-6 week period, dissolve at a controlled rate during the diurnal wetting (dewing) cycles, and act as a nutrient reservoir, engineered to provide extended delivery of critical ionic nutrients to plants. We will develop innovative modelling and experimental approaches to optimise the nutrient supply to and uptake by leaves, and to make and benchmark nano-crystal nutrient formulations. The project is at the forefront of surface and particle science and technology, and will deliver significant outcomes to the fertiliser industry.'',
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
Researchers:
  • Professor
    School of Chemical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
  • Snr Group Leader/VC Snr Res Fellow
    Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
    Affiliate Principal Research Fellow
    Centre for Horticultural Science
    Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
  • Program Leader/Prof Res Fellow
    Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
Funded by:
Australian Research Council