Green Materials

The SMaRT Centre researchers are investigating the use of waste directly into cost-effective green materials and manufacturing processes, here are some of the projects underway in our labs and in collaboration with industry partners...

1 February 2016

Growing up in Mumbai where waste is considered a valuable resource, Professor Veena Sahajwalla is making the most of its enormous potential.

21 January 2016

As Brigid Delaney writes for The Guardian Australia, it’s an unwavering passion for innovation that drives Professor Veena Sahajwalla to turn waste into valuable resources, support developing countries through social technologies and inspire...

19 November 2015

The ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for green manufacturing officially launched at the SMaRT Centre at UNSW Australia today.

18 November 2015

The first ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for UNSW will see industry partners Arrium, Brickworks, TES-AMM Australia and Jaylon leading a greener manufacturing future.

1 November 2015

The collaboration between OneSteel and the SMaRT Centre at UNSW has resulted in ‘green steel’, a world first in sustainable steelmaking commercialised in Australia, Europe and Asia.

4 October 2015

Inventor, scientist, engineer and environmental crusader, this interview with Professor Veena Sahajwalla looks at the global impact of her research.

1 August 2015

The vision for ‘green steel’ has its roots in the city of Mumbai where Professor Veena Sahajwalla gained inspiration for transforming waste into valuable resources.

6 July 2015

For The Conversation, Professor Veena Sahajwalla writes that Australian industries "are beginning to recognise the cost-effectiveness of reusing materials, and the importance of high value-add, small, agile and localised processing facilities."...

10 June 2015

Professor Veena Sahajwalla, director of the SMaRT Centre at the University of New South Wales, and an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, spoke with Good Habitat about green manufacturing and her vision for cities as the above ground...

22 October 2014

The 2014 cohort of ARC Australian Laureate Fellows was announced by Minister for Education, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, in August at a ceremony in Adelaide.

13 December 2013

In India to speak at the Confederation of Indian Industry in Mumbai and to business leaders in Ahmedabad, Professor Veena Sahajwalla shared the success of ‘green steel’ technology and the potential for waste.

30 November 2013

As Cheryl Jones writes for The Australian, the biggest new opportunity in recycling is not turning glass into glass, or plastic into plastic, but producing completely new resources.

15 September 2013

Sustainable particle boards made from local agricultural and forestry by-products are providing a new way of looking at building materials, providing an opportunity to move away from toxic oil-based binders, and at the same time solving one of...

7 August 2013

Following the success of ‘green steel’ Professor Veena Sahajwalla is now looking beyond the car tyre to the car itself, turning waste plastics, glass and metals into valuable ferrosilicon alloys.

13 May 2013

As Peter Hannam writes for the Sydney Morning Herald, the ‘standout’ technology behind ‘green steel’ is transforming waste into a resource revolution.

10 May 2013

Transforming the car tyre through a world-first, "green steel" making process has, to date, diverted over 1.6 million waste passenger tyres from landfill.

12 December 2012

Professor Veena Sahajwalla and the SMaRT Centre have taken out this year’s Australian Innovation Challenge for their invention of ‘green steel’.

23 May 2012

The seemingly impossible dream of producing steel with the help of recycled materials such as old rubber tyres and plastics is now a reality thanks to close researcher-industry collaboration.