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. 

Best hope yet for aluminium-ion batteries

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.

Fighting the war on waste

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.

Natural preservative helps Indonesian food industry

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.

Leading the space race of the 21st century

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.

Soaking up the water & the sweat

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.

Solving the lead problem in drinking water

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.

The cobalt threshold

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.