Research areas

We are proud of our long history of research excellence and our focus on finding solutions that have real-world impact. Our collaborative approach brings together the greatest minds from UNSW, industry partners and Government bodies to address complex problems facing the world today.

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Smart process systems engineering

There is a strong demand to make industrial processes cheaper and safer. Advanced product and process controls plays a critical role in the automatic and cost-effective operation of today’s industrial processes and the development of new products.

Engineering targeted medicine

School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW is an internationally recognised institute for the development of biomaterials and their applications in medical devices.

Clean energy

Our Energy researchers are creating new technologies for clean and sustainable energy systems.

Environmental processes & technologies

Environmental engineering identifies environmental problems, challenges them, and develops and tests effective solutions using an integration of science and engineering principles.

Food engineering

Our research is impacting what we eat; how we create a more sustainable food industry; and the medical technologies providing aid to those in need.

Advanced nanostructured materials

Our researchers are studying polymers and colloids in truly unique ways – aiming to develop novel methods to achieve high levels of control over desired properties.