Research & development > Sustainability

Biomass flow reactor will turn waste into fuel

18 August, 2020

The biomass benchtop flow reactor has the potential to turn a wide range of waste and biomass feedstock into fuels, fine chemicals, liquid fertiliser and ethanol.


Carbon dioxide capture and water filtration enabled by MOFs

15 June, 2020

Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) — technology that resembles a sponge filled with tiny magnets — are being used to help deliver cleaner air and water.


Rubber polymer enables greener construction materials

26 May, 2020

Bricks and construction materials could be made from recycled PVC, waste plant fibres or sand with the help of a new kind of rubber polymer.


Renewable biofuel could be used on ships

15 May, 2020

Researchers have been converting bioethanol into products including synthetic diesel, gasoline and jet fuel that have nearly the same properties as fossil fuels.


Optical fibres used to convert water into hydrogen fuel

09 April, 2020

Chemists, physicists and engineers have transformed optical fibres into photocatalytic microreactors that convert water into hydrogen fuel using solar energy.


Facility to convert CO2 to carbon black powder

28 March, 2020

A container-scale facility seeks to convert CO2 contained in ambient air into highly pure carbon black powder that can be used as a resource in industry.


Nanostructured catalyst efficiently converts CO2 to CO

19 March, 2020

Researchers develop a 3D hierarchically porous nanostructured catalyst with a carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide conversion rate up to 3.96 times higher than that of conventional nanoporous gold catalysts.


Carbonating beverages with atmospheric CO2

06 February, 2020

CSIRO has developed a new technology that pulls CO2 out of the atmosphere and puts it into beer and other beverages.


Chromium breakthrough enables more sustainable photochemistry

04 February, 2020

The abundant base metal chromium can substitute expensive precious metals in photocatalysis — a technique currently used to synthesise pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals.


Efficient hydrogen extraction supports sustainable fuel

04 November, 2019

Researchers have developed a new method of extracting hydrogen from water more efficiently, which could help underpin the capture of renewable energy in the form of sustainable fuel.


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.


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