Research & development > Sustainability

Genetically engineered bacteria turn sugar into hydrogen

07 September, 2018

Macquarie University scientists have received a $1.1 million grant from ARENA for a project to engineer bacteria that turn sugar into hydrogen.


Genetically engineered enzyme better at breaking down biomass

25 June, 2018

A new genetic engineering technique has enabled US scientists to accelerate the evolution of a microorganism's desirable traits.


Pharmacy industry working towards better recycling practices

27 April, 2018

Representatives from 11 manufacturers in the pharmacy industry met this month to discuss the challenges and possible solutions to further closing the loop on recycling.


Producing oil in plant leaves

18 April, 2017

Researchers have successfully produced oil in the leaves, stems and seeds of plants, in a significant breakthrough for the renewable oils industry.


Australia and China partner on fusion energy research

13 April, 2017

The Australian National University and the University of South China have agreed to work together on fusion energy research, with the prospect of Australia providing China with its first plasma stellarator device.


Solar glass for self-sustaining greenhouses

10 February, 2017

Researchers are building a 300 m2 greenhouse using transparent glass that can generate 50 W/m2 of surface area.


Extreme temperatures at risk of becoming the new normal

07 November, 2016

Australian researchers have found that the year 2015, currently listed as the hottest year on record, could be an average year by 2040 if carbon emissions continue to rise at the same rate.


CCS laboratories opened in Victoria

30 September, 2016

CO2CRC, The University of Melbourne and Federation University Australia have opened emissions reduction laboratories aimed at providing clean, efficient energy for Australia.


To Mars and back on one tank of fuel

30 September, 2016

University of Sydney researchers have announced world-record results in rocket efficiency following the invention of new thruster technology.


We could grow jet fuel on gum trees — if there's anywhere left to plant them

21 September, 2016 by Lauren Davis

Scientists are one step closer to using Australia's iconic gum trees to develop low-carbon renewable jet and missile fuel.


Emission-free conversion of natural gas to liquids

15 August, 2016

Scientists have used a novel ceramic membrane to make the direct, non-oxidative conversion of gas to liquids possible for the first time — reducing cost, eliminating multiple process steps and avoiding any carbon dioxide emissions.


Bionic leaf 2.0

09 June, 2016 by Adam Florance

A team from Harvard has created a 'bionic leaf' that converts sunlight directly into a biomass fuel with 10 times the efficiency of natural systems.


Driving on coffee

09 May, 2016 by Adam Florance

Swinburne University researchers have been collecting used coffee grounds from local cafes, drying them out and testing them as a construction material. You may soon be driving over the results.


Cactus inspires fuel cell efficiency

02 May, 2016 by Adam Florance

The water-retention strategies of the cactus have inspired a team of scientists to make more efficient fuel cells for electric cars.


UK solar energy company invests in USyd start-up

13 April, 2016

University of Sydney spin-off company Gelion has secured an $11 million investment in its plan to make commercially viable, nanostructured, gel-based batteries.


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