Our materials sciences researchers are developing new materials, instruments and systems that contribute to innovations that improve conditions for people around the world. Beyond informing the development of tomorrow’s technologies, our researchers also partner with industry to transform their work into readily available, practical, real-world solutions.
UNSW Sydney’s Dr Dong Jun Kim has led a team of researchers to show rechargeable aluminium-ion batteries are a possibility with a future in renewable energy storage.
Waste microfactories are revolutionising recycling as the world’s waste crisis continues to escalate. Prof. Veena Sahajwalla is determined to harness the value of old electronics and stop them from going to landfill.
UNSW research has helped commercialise a 100% biodegradable, natural chitosan product that preserves food for longer, reduces food waste and increases the income of smallholder farmers.
UNSW Sydney – and Australia – is at the forefront in the quest to develop the world’s first commercial scale quantum computer by manipulating individual atoms to make atomically precise electronic devices.
UNSW scientists have developed a new carbon-based material that could revolutionise moisture control in applications as diverse as electronics, packaging, air conditioning – and keeping footwear fresh.
UNSW material scientists address the problem of lead leaching into the drinking water of Australian households by creating a new, lead-free brass alloy that will be used to make plumbing parts.
Research in the UNSW Chemical Sciences helps protect animals in the racing industry by informing regulatory limits of cobalt, a key element in metabolic processes.