Sustainability > Research & development

Mining metal: how plants are tapping into critical minerals

19 July, 2019

With clean technology infrastructure increasing the demand for critical minerals such as cobalt, there is a need to develop sustainable resource recovery practices.

Tech transforming textile manufacturing

02 July, 2019

A $3.4 million research and development project is aiming to upscale manufacturing of a newly developed advanced coating technology for textiles.

Altered enzymes transform plant waste into new products

27 June, 2019

A research team has engineered enzymes to perform an important step in the conversion of plant waste into sustainable and high-value products such as nylon, plastics and chemicals.

CSIRO goes for gold — the environmentally friendly way

19 June, 2019

Austalia's national science agency, CSIRO, has developed a sustainable, environmentally friendly process technology for recovering gold.

UNSW Sydney will operate as a sustainable 'city'

07 June, 2019

UNSW Sydney has launched a three-year strategy to deepen its commitment to environmental sustainability.

PFAS sorbent tackles contaminated water

07 June, 2019

Researchers from Flinders University and UniSA have developed an absorbent polymer that can safely and cost-effectively remove toxic PFAS from contaminated water.

Timor-Leste adopts Aussie tech to go plastics neutral

20 May, 2019

Timor-Leste has signed an agreement with Mura for a US$40 million chemical recycling plant that will help to establish a circular economy for plastic waste.

Researchers closer to affordable green hydrogen

16 May, 2019

A Monash study has identified a water-splitting technology that could make stable, affordable, green hydrogen production a reality.

Could flying cars be the answer to sustainable mobility?

16 May, 2019

Flying cars prototypes are being developed and could play a niche role in sustainable mobility for longer trips as part of a ride-share taxi service, according to a study.

Marine plastic is impairing oxygen-producing bacteria

16 May, 2019

A study published in Communications Biology has revealed that the marine bacteria producing 10% of our oxygen supply is under threat from plastic pollution.

Sustainable solutions for rare earth metal recovery

01 May, 2019

Researchers have improved the process for recovering rare earth metals, essential for the components used in mobile phones and other technologies such as hybrid electric vehicles.

$329m project takes infrastructure out to sea

23 April, 2019

The newly announced Blue Economy CRC will provide solutions to meet global demand for seafood and energy by developing new technologies for ocean infrastructure.

Ethical report card for the fashion industry

11 April, 2019

From A+ to F, Baptist World Aid Australia's 2019 Ethical Fashion Report grades the fashion industry based on labour rights and environmental management.

Ecotech AQMesh air-quality monitor

08 April, 2019

The AQMesh air quality monitor uses small-sensor technology to measure a wide range of particulate matter and different gases in the air to parts per billion.

Tamworth marked for integrated smart city project

08 April, 2019

UNSW Sydney has partnered with Providence Asset Group and Tamworth Regional Council to trial what is claimed to be Australia's first test performance of a fully integrated smart city.

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