Sustainability is at the core of our philosophy. Our researchers are developing the technologies to revolutionise energy use and usher in the circular economy. These research areas include:

SMaRT Centre

The core aims of the SMaRT Centre are to develop novel research for sustainable materials and manufacturing processes, build industry partnerships to activate research for real-world impact, and disseminate green materials and manufacturing technologies that benefit industries and local communities, and enhance sustainable economic growth.
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FLEET addresses a grand challenge: reducing the energy used in information technology, which now accounts for eight per cent of the electricity use on Earth, and is doubling every 10 years.

UNSW Team Graphene

We are a team of creative scientists and engineers exploring new ways to develop applications of graphene and other 2D materials.

Hilmer Building

In 2015, the new home of the School of Materials Science & Engineering was created in the Hilmer Building, which boasts a range of sustainable design features including louvres that orient in accordance to the direction of the sun, and glazing and insulation which reduce the need for air conditioning.


You can find out more about the groundbreaking sustainability record of UNSW, including our divestment from fossil fuels and and 100 per cent renewable energy powered operations at UNSW Sustainability.