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What do graduates say about the Sydney Bachelor of Pharmacy?

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With an unrivalled reputation for excellence, the University of Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy offers a world-class professional pharmacy program, taught by internationally-renowned, award-winning academics that provides you with the ideal preparation for a career in pharmacy.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy is a four-year, full-time professional degree combining advanced scientific investigation with training in clinical practice and optimum patient care. Specifically, it covers the study of the chemical, physical, pharmaceutical, and pharmacological properties of medicinal substances and the application of these in the pharmacy profession.

Students connect with and learn from academics who are experts in their fields, and have access to the latest technology, facilities and teaching laboratories.


Course Content The first year is a foundation year in which students study biology, chemistry, and basic pharmaceutical sciences and are introduced to the profession of pharmacy. The remai…

Macquarie Hearing Hub seeks community volunteers

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As the outdoor music festival season begins, researchers from the Macquarie Hearing Hub are continuing to recruit volunteers who have lived, worked, and enjoyed noisy environments for their study looking at how everyday noise exposure affects people’s hearing.


The study is looking into why it is that a proportion of people who report difficulty with everyday listening, particularly understanding speech in background noise, are found to have clinically normal hearing when tested. There is evidence to suggest that this type of hearing loss could be due to loud noises damaging the small hair cells that carry sound signals from the ear’s cochlear to the brain. In light of this, researchers will test volunteers for this particular type of hearing loss, in the hope of understanding more about how the condition occurs.

“We are looking for people with a history of noise exposure from work and/or leisure. For example, fire fighters, factory workers, bar staff, pilots, transport wor…

Newcastle Juris Doctor course provides strong foundation

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In 2015, the University of Newcastle Law School created a new course (a foundation subject) called “Legal System and Method 1,” which aims to assist students to acquire the skills they need to complete their first year of the JD earlier in the year. The subject has been developed following discussions with current JD students and was officially implemented in trimester 1, 2016 (just before the regular semester 1 begins; and as such, requires students to be at Newcastle a few weeks prior to the traditional late-February program start).

“Legal System and Method I” is the first foundational course in the Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. It introduces students to the core intellectual and analytical skills in the discipline of law. In addition, the course begins the process of professional education through the study of professional written communication skills. It also orients students to the core subjects they study in the first year of their degree and to…

Griffith partners with World Science Festival Brisbane

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Griffith University is an academic partner of one of the world’s most prestigious scientific and cultural festivals.

Queensland Museum will host the Festival in Brisbane from March 9 – 13.

The inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane will take science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums, galleries and premier performing arts venues of Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct in South Banks.


A range of Griffith’s experts will join international leaders from across science and the arts for four action-packed days of public science at its best.

Held annually in New York since 2008, the World Science Festival is now one of the most celebrated science festivals in the world.

Pro Vice Chancellor (Sciences) Professor Debra Henly said Griffith Sciences was delighted to be a part of the inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane.

“Our researchers will be involved in a number of events that will showcase our world class research to the general public,” she said.

“There will be…

Monash researchers conduct trial to determine if antibiotics may relieve low back pain caused by infection

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It is estimated that four in five Australians will experience low back pain during their lifetime. Treatment options are limited, and low back pain remains the leading cause of disability worldwide.


Researchers from Monash University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine in the Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine are conducting a clinical trial to determine whether antibiotics are an effective treatment for low back pain.

This work has developed from their systematic review, which shows evidence of bacteria in the spines of people with low back pain and a clinical trial conducted in Denmark which reported promising results for antibiotic treatment.

The trial is premised on the hypothesis that some cases of low back pain may be caused by an infection in the spine. It is thought that after an injury to a spinal disc bacteria circulating in the bloodstream enter the disc and establish an infection which prevents healing and leads to…

Sydney IT School studies email security

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An international research team has provided evidence for the first time of the vulnerability of electronic communication via email.

Dr Ralph Holz, lecturer in Networks and Security at the University of Sydney School of Information Technologies and co-appointed researcher at Data61 a premier innovation network, says experts have suspected weaknesses in email cryptographic setups and authentication for some time but there has been no hard evidence to support these suspicions.

The research team conducted active scans of the entire Internet, testing the setups of mail and chat servers before analysing the passive Internet traffic of more than 50,000 users in the United States in more than 16 million encrypted connections.

Results of their study revealing how emails can be poorly protected when in transit will be presented at the Internet Society’s Network and Distributed System Security Symposium in San Diego this week.

Dr Holz, a specialist in internet communication and co-appo…

Griffith asks if ecotourism save threatened species

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Ecotourism can provide the critical difference between survival and extinction for endangered animals, according to new research from Griffith University.

Using population viability modelling, the Griffith team of Professor Ralf Buckley, Dr Guy Castley and Dr Clare Morrison has developed a method that for the first time quantifies the impact of ecotourism on threatened species.


The findings are published in the journal PLOS ONE.

“We know that ecotourism is increasing on a global scale, with visitor numbers to many protected areas expanding each year. We also know that such activities can have negative as well as positive impacts,” said Professor Buckley, Griffith’s International Chair in Ecotourism Research.

“Until now, however, there has been no way to evaluate the net effect of ecotourism in increasing or decreasing the risk of extinction for endangered species, which is the key parameter for conservation efforts.”

Population viability models are widely used in practical …

Monash Master of International Business

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Do you want to pursue a career in international business, diplomacy or politics? The Master of International Business gives you the opportunity to advance your business and management knowledge and give you the skills to operate from a global perspective.

Specifically designed for recent graduates and those in the early stages of their career, this Monash Business School program will build on your undergraduate credentials and further strengthen your business skills.

The course develops expertise in communicating and negotiating across cultures, and will develop your capacity for advanced analysis of firm internationalisation, international trade, and corporate strategy.

As part of the course you can build your knowledge and extend your expertise in one of two areas:
International BusinessDiplomacy and Trade International Business The specialisation investigates inter-disciplinary contemporary international business. You will be engaged with international management, law, finance…

JCU MBBS program “domains”

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The JCU MBBS specializes in rural and remote medicine. The medical program is undertaken entirely in northern Australia and has an emphasis on tropical medicine, the health of rural and remote communities, and of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. The medical program is informed by a concern for social justice, innovation and excellence in medical education, research and service.


The 6-year Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery is governed by “domains.” In the example of communication skills, students begin in Year 1 with basic patient interview techniques. In Year 2 in the Cardiovascular Medicine subject, students learn the basics of cardiovascular history taking. In the Rural, Remote, Indigenous and Tropical Medicine subject students learn about a patient interview with an Indigenous Australian. There is more practice in Years 3 and 4, and by Year 5, students are taking full medical histories and reporting these to colleagues. In Year 6, JCU MBBS studen…

Study bioinformatics at UQ

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What is bioinformatics? Generally speaking, it’s the science of collecting and analyzing complex biological data such as genetic codes. Bioinformatics involves the application of computer technology to manage and understand biological information. Computers are used to gather, store, analyze and integrate biological and genetic information which can then be applied to gene-based drug discovery and development.


Postgraduate study in bioinformatics at the University of Queensland will prepare students for a highly rewarding career in an industry that’s shaping the future of modern science. As it is a new and growing area, there is a world shortage of trained bioinformaticists and computational biologists.

Graduates can find employment in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, research organisations and governments in roles such as
bioinformaticianbiomedical computer scientistbiostatisticianclinical data managergeneticistmedical writer/technical writerresearch scientistsof…

JCU veterinary researcher questions cobalt usage in horse racing

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The use of cobalt in horse racing should be halted until the scientific evidence of its effects is established, a James Cook University veterinary researcher says.

Cobalt is an essential dietary trace element but the ability for it to serve as a potent performance-enhancing substance has been known for decades. It can dramatically increase the production of red blood cells in mammals, making them perform harder, faster and for longer periods of time.

In the past few years, many horse racing authorities have become concerned about the worldwide anecdotal use of cobalt as a doping agent because of its potential to cause severe toxicity of the thyroid gland and heart.

Last year, Racing Victoria established a threshold for cobalt at 200 micrograms per litre in urine and this standard has been adopted nationwide in Australia.

JCU’s Dr Robert Kinobe, senior lecturer of veterinary pharmacology, has published a peer-reviewed paper on cobalt, and the effects of excessive use of the el…

Griffith tackles the racism problem in multicultural society

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Combatting racism within a multicultural society is the focus of new Griffith University research.
The large-scale project is led by Dr Fiona Kate Barlow from the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, following the award of a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council valued at just over $800,000.


One of only 50 Future Fellowships awarded to scientists nationally, the research will see Dr Barlow drawing on established social psychological theories of prejudice, aiming to combat racism by ascertaining how it is maintained and how its damaging consequences can be diminished.

“Racism is a pervasive problem worldwide, and its harmful effects on the health of those facing it are estimated to cost Australia billions of dollars a year,” says Dr Barlow.

The project plans to investigate how small negative interracial interactions can perpetuate racial hostility and segregation; how negative interracial interactions might lead to extremist identification and sympathies; an…

Sydney Nursing School gets new clinical simulation lab

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Sydney Nursing School’s new clinical simulation lab is in the final stage of completion in time for the first cohort of Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) students beginning in semester 1.


The lab will be the practical learning hub for over 30 students enrolled in the graduate-entry course, based at the University of Sydney Westmead campus.

Nursing students undertake more than 800 hours of clinical practice, in addition to professional learning and lectures at the Westmead precinct during the two-year course.

“In the clinical simulation lab, students will have the opportunity to learn a range of clinical skills such as hand decontamination, wound dressings, catheterisation, medication administration and intravenous therapy,” said Dr Jacqueline Bloomfield, Associate Dean (Education) Sydney Nursing School.

“Students are supervised in the lab, but are also encouraged to engage in independent learning through practice sessions.”

The clinical simulation lab is part of the university…

Griffith technology set to personalise tendon and tissue injury rehab

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A revolution in the treatment and rehabilitation of muscle/tendon injuries is on its way with the development of a ground-breaking new intelligent technology developed at Griffith University and the University of Auckland.

Called iTraining, the biomedically engineered system works in real time to provide feedback on the stresses and strains that affect a specific muscle or tendon, either following injury or in the prevention of injury.

Following the award of a grant of nearly $1m from Australian Research Council and industry partners, Professor David Lloyd, from Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland, and other colleagues are now preparing to undertake a large three-part study that will focus on the Achilles tendon.

“Currently the mechanical environment of the Achilles tendon is poorly understood because of difficulties associated with directly measuring the stresses and strains experienced throughout the tendon in daily activities. If these issues can be overcome,…

OzTREKK student heading to Cape York for JCU Dentistry placement

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Former OzTREKK student David Osborne is in his fifth year at JCU Dentistry and he is about to fly to Cape York on a 20-week clinical dentistry placement at Weipa Hospital! Cape York Peninsula is a large remote peninsula located in Far North Queensland and is the largest unspoiled wilderness in northern Australia and one of the last remaining wilderness areas on Earth.


“When I was first given my placement it was quite a shock, but after talking to a few people who had previously been there I discovered that there are a heap of professional development opportunities at Cape York that I won’t get anywhere else. I’m also the only student going, so I’ll receive one-on-one supervision with a dentistry mentor.

“Being so remote, I’ll be seeing and experiencing a lot more than in a major city, and building my professional skills will make me more independent. I’m also really looking forward to being outdoors and fishing whilst I’m there.” David said.

JCU and all of us at OzTREKK wi…

JCU studies sea turtle bycatch

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A James Cook University study has called for a change in the way we manage bycatch—the capture of species not targeted—to better monitor the unintentional catching of sea turtles by commercial fishers.


JCU’s Kimberly Riskas led a project that examined more than 10 years of records on turtle bycatch.

“Turtle habitat often spans multiple management jurisdictions. But most fisheries management agencies will monitor bycatch within a single fishery or a single year, without adding records together to determine how many turtles are being caught in total,” she said.

Ms Riskas said the findings show a need for bycatch records to be pooled across fisheries and states, as well as over time, to better measure the effect on turtles.

She said the number of turtles caught in a single fishery or year may not seem to be a cause for concern, but even low levels might place pressure on a species when considered across fisheries and over multiple years.

Ms Riskas said the existing approach to…

University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor and President reappointed

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The University of Newcastle’s Chancellor, Mr Paul Jeans, is pleased to announce that the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Caroline McMillen, has been reappointed until October 2019.

The UON Chancellor said the reappointment was an important step in continuing the momentum built in recent years under Professor McMillen’s leadership.

“Caroline’s vision and determination has seen the University’s identity grow as a world-class institution and has firmly marked UON as a leader in equity, indigenous education, regional transformation and global research,” said Mr Jeans.

“With a degree of uncertainty facing the Higher Education sector, it is important for the university to continue to build on the strong foundation of the last 50 years, while driving a bold and inspiring future for our regions and beyond.”

“We have a strong decadal strategic plan, New Futures, and under Caroline’s leadership and guidance, our focus is on delivering the outcomes to ensure the long term s…

UQ School of Pharmacy student placements

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The UQ School of Pharmacy Bachelor of Pharmacy program prepares graduates for the contemporary role of the pharmacist in society, ensuring that patients optimize medication usage. Initial courses on chemical, physical and biological studies lead to professional specialties in later years. Practical and clinical science studies begin in first year, providing students with a strong background in professional practice.

Experiential placements in the pharmacy program are viewed as valuable, integral and essential for the attainment of a pharmacy degree. During the four years of the undergraduate degree, these experiential placements may be in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry or other related health-care sites as required by the teaching and learning requirements of the pharmacy program curriculum.

Preceptors are a vital link between the UQ School of Pharmacy and the pharmacy profession. The input of preceptors into the course is greatly valued…

Melbourne diabetes researchers warn Paleo diet may increase weight gain

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A new study has revealed following a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet for just eight weeks can lead to rapid weight gain and health complications.

The surprise finding, detailed in a paper in Nature journal Nutrition and Diabetes, has prompted University of Melbourne researchers to issue a warning about putting faith in so-called fad diets with little or no scientific evidence.

Lead author Associate Prof Sof Andrikopoulos says this type of diet, exemplified in many forms of the popular Paleo diet, is not recommended, particularly for people who are already overweight and lead sedentary lifestyles.

He says mass media hype around these diets, particularly driven by celebrity chefs, celebrity weight-loss stories in the tabloid media and reality TV shows, are leading to more people trying fad diets backed by little evidence. In people with pre-diabetes or diabetes, the low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet could be particularly risky, he said.

“Low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets are becomi…

Radiology lab at Macquarie Chiropractic School

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The Radiographic Positioning laboratory within the Macquarie University Chiropractic School contains actual X-ray equipment that allows the student to simulate radiographic positioning and image capture without exposing students to ionizing radiation.


Students simulate radiographic procedures both from the patient’s perspective and also from the operator’s perspective on one of four different X-ray machines.

Once they have established competencies in radiographic positioning, Macquarie chiropractic students move into the Outpatient Clinics where, under supervision, they assist in the taking of patient radiographs.

The Radiographic Learning laboratory also provides an X-ray reading library with viewing stations so that students may improve their diagnostic skills and report writing. The laboratory contains more than 1,200 pathological cases that allow students to develop further pattern recognition and problem solving.

All Outpatient’s Clinics are equipped with modern high-fre…

Materials Science and Engineering at Monash University

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The ability to understand and manipulate materials and their properties is a key factor in any industrial process or technology, new or old. Increasingly nanotechnology, sustainable materials and biomaterials are becoming important areas of endeavor. Because of the enabling aspect of Materials Science and Engineering, and the multidisciplinary nature of the skills learned, Monash Engineering School graduates are much in demand in many industrial organisations. Many also go into research, be it in academia, industrial laboratories or government research organisations.



Materials engineers make a unique contribution to the design of new devices, products or components, and they make existing ones work better by improving or altering the properties of the materials involved.

Materials engineers also work as metallurgists, plastics engineers, ceramists, adhesive scientists, process and quality control engineers and corrosion or fracture engineers. They work in a range of industr…

Sydney innocence project reviews claims of wrongful conviction

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A new innocence project at the University of Sydney will combine forensic psychology with legal expertise to investigate claims of wrongful conviction.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students in psychology and law can now apply to be supervised to review cases for individuals who have cleared a rigorous application process to have their conviction assessed.

“Not Guilty: The Sydney Exoneration Project ultimately seeks social justice for those in need,” said Dr Celine Van Golde, its founder and director.

“Research shows eyewitness misidentification is by far the key cause of wrongful convictions, while other contributing factors can include false memories, false confessions, and laboratory error. The Sydney Exoneration Project applies forensic psychological research into memory and testimony to investigate these issues,” said Dr Van Golde.

In the United States researchers estimate between 0.5 to five per cent of American convictions are recorded against innocent individuals; ho…

UQ occupational therapy and speech pathology application deadline

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Are you thinking of applying to the UQ occupational therapy program or to the UQ speech pathology program? The application deadline of Thursday, February 25, 2016 is quickly approaching!


UQ Occupational Therapy program The UQ occupational therapy program program equips graduate-entry students with the theoretical knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes necessary for a career in occupational therapy.  In addition to a focus on clinical occupational therapy practice, emphasis is placed on the use of prior skills and knowledge to enhance the effectiveness of occupational therapy practice; and the development of advanced adult learning skills for ongoing professional development.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next semester intake: July 2016
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 25, 2016

UQ Speech Pathology program The UQ speech pathology program is an accelerated program for students who have already completed …

UQ School of Veterinary Science knows even snakes get spinal aches

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Even animals that spend all day on their front can have back problems, as the University of Queensland Small Animal Hospital avian and exotics team knows all too well.



The team, part of the UQ School of Veterinary Science, treated an eight-foot-long Proserpine carpet python for spinal pain earlier this month.

Associate Professor Dr Bob Doneley said the snake was longer than the X-ray table, and required special treatment for assessment.

“Snakes have between 300 and 400 vertebrae, each with a pair of ribs attached,” he said.

And though non-venomous, the Proserpine snake could still wind tightly around a human and her bite could still pack a punch.

“It was a matter of anaesthetising her and then using a plastic tube to keep her back straight while we took the X-rays,” Dr Doneley said.

“One vertebrae in her spine was starting to dissolve and we haven’t ruled out an infection.”

The team put the snake on painkillers and antibiotics, and will check her progress in six months.

“Nothing h…

Gain extensive practical experience at Griffith Dentistry

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Completing a Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science and Griffith Dental School’s two-year Graduate Diploma of Dentistry program provides the education and skills you need to apply for registration as a dentist. The Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science offers a new, innovative curriculum where students will receive real clinical exposure from the first year of study, and will work alongside oral health professionals who are world experts in their field.


The Clinical Skills Centre is a purpose-built learning environment where students can practice medical clinical skills in a safe and controlled setting. Griffith dentistry students will use this centre for learning basic medical clinical skills to understand the human body and examination of different systems through structured workshops.

From your first year of study, you’ll be ready to apply learned skills and develop valuable contacts by taking community placements in a range of locations including
state schoolsho…

UQ psychology research: Flipping Fifty Shades eroticises equality

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Christine Grey would have been just as sexy as Christian Grey as the lead character in Fifty Shades of Grey – and resulted in less ambivalence about rape.

In a study of almost 500 people, UQ School of Psychology researcher Emily Harris has found that equality can be just as erotic as dominance and that stories depicting male dominance can impact negatively.


“Our research shows that reading about a sexually submissive woman may increase the acceptance of rape myths among men,” Ms Harris said.

“Reading about a fictional woman who enjoys sexual submission may lead to the false belief that women may enjoy rape.

“Furthermore, we found that men and women were equally sexually aroused by a story depicting a dominant man and an erotic story in which the man was not dominant.”

In the Fifty Shades Flipped study, UQ School of Psychology PhD student Ms Harris and co-authors Michael Thai and Dr Fiona Barlow (Griffith University) gave 481 participants one of four different stories to read bef…

Macquarie DPT application deadline Feb. 25

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Applications for the July 2016 intake of the Macquarie University Doctor of Physiotherapy program are still open! Please note applications will close Thursday, February 25, 2016.
Applicants are reminded to submit a list of completed prerequisite and desired units and their descriptors using the Doctor of Physiotherapy Supplementary Information Form.

About Macquarie’s Doctor of Physiotherapy Program Macquarie University is home to the first Doctor of Physiotherapy program in New South Wales. Students will graduate with advanced clinical skills developed in more than 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice. And with business, management and leadership training, you’ll be ready launch a fulfilling career as a physiotherapist in a variety of settings.

Learning within state-of-the-art purpose-built facilities, Macquarie DPT students collaborate with leading researchers and respected clinicians in Macquarie University Hospital and the university’s other clinical partners to pro…

Portable unit to aid desalination energy project

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Griffith University’s Dr Fernanda Helfer is capitalising on a major national award to further her research into the viability of a renewable energy derived from the desalination process.


Dr Helfer, from the Griffith School of Engineering, is the recipient of a $47,000 AMP Foundation Tomorrow Maker Award and has joined Queensland University of Technology’s Professor Graeme Millar to lead a project studying the potential of pressure-retarded osmosis (PRO) in Australia.

PRO technology comprises a semi-permeable membrane that separates water flows with different salt contents. Through osmosis, the less concentration solution flows to the high concentration side to equalise the osmotic pressure on both sides.

This creates a solution that, once depressurised via a turbine, produces a renewable electrical energy.

PRO-assisted desalination is considered a promising alternative for the desalination industry worldwide, reducing dependence on fossil fuels and allowing minimisation of…