Research & development > Sustainability

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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