We pursue ground breaking research that has a direct benefit to society.
QS World University Rankings By Subject 2023
Our graduates work at CSIRO, ANSTO and Cochlear
Founded in 1952
Materials science is essential for the future of innovation and technology. We know that the core of innovation starts with the sharing of knowledge. The foundation of research rests upon our passion to teach upcoming, bright materials science and engineering students to fulfill the needs of society.
Materials science and engineering is the foundation for creating high-performance materials that benefit society in many ways.
“…Of all the occupations, materials engineers have the largest projected workforce shortage
and will require the profession to increase fivefold to meet demand.”
Australian Infrastructure Workforce and Skills Supply Report
The School’s research structure is outcome focused, comprising of the following societal themes that deliver significant benefits to society. These themes are supported by an enabling platform for understanding the structure-property-processing-performance nexus of materials.
Primarily structural materials used expressly for creating the means of transportation, to large-scale structures and infrastructure that dominate our daily lives. These include land, sea and aerospace vehicles to buildings, superstructures, machines and any other fixed or moving infrastructure.
Structural materials exhibiting specific functionality to largely functional materials that are designed to interact with biological systems for therapeutic and diagnostic medical purposes. These materials are used in dental devices, orthopedic implants, artificial organs, implantable devices, artificial skin and drug delivery.
Materials that play a critical role in the production, storage and conversion of energy, through to eco-materials, created by sustainable processes. The materials have an overall positive impact on the environment. These are integral materials in next-generation fuel cells, solar devices, gas-power generators and recycled products.
Primarily functional materials with structural requirements used in electrical, electronics and microelectronic applications. These include components and devices that comprise integrated circuits, circuit boards and visual displays, to cables, wires and optical fibres for transferring power and information.
The latest developments in electronic skins (E-Skins) offer promising potential for the advancement of smart wearable technology.
Fulbright Scholarships have been awarded to six members of the UNSW community to foster educational exchange and understanding between the United States and Australia.
A serendipitous discovery in the lab has the potential to revolutionise embryo models and targeted drug therapies.
The same force that allows water to climb trees may prevent it from flowing through nanoscopic pores in certain materials.