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The field of materials science and engineering offers unlimited possibilities for innovation and development. Australia is a country rich in minerals and materials science is a priority area for research and development.  Advanced materials and improvements in sustainability can give manufacturing companies, in virtually any industry, the edge over their competitors.

ARC Linkage Grants:

In June 2015 three of our academic staff were successful in obtaining Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grants:

Professor Alan Crosky, et al
Onset Theory:  Pushing the design envelope for textile composite structures - $330,000

Professor Chris Sorrell, et al
New paradigm for materials technology for AZS glassmaking refractories - $340,000

Dr Jianqiang Zhang, et al
Understanding the role of nanoparticles in sustainable water based lubricants for hot strip rolling - $377,000

ARC Grants for 2015 funding

The School's academic and research staff have achieved outstanding success in the November 2014 round of Australian Research Council (ARC) grants:

Discovery Grants

Professor Nagy Valanoor and Professor Paul Munroe, et al
Designer defects – a new approach to functional oxide interfaces - $473,900

Dr Jianqiang Zhang and Emeritus Professor David Young
Controlling nickel-base alloy high temperature corrosion in CO2-rich gases - $399,500

Professor Paul Munroe, et al
Design of tough, durable and corrosion-resistant coatings - $325,500

Professor Sean Li, et al
Beyond Phononic Crystals – building new concepts to enhance thermoelectricity - $384,700

Professor Mark Hoffman, et al
Fatigue in lead-free piezoceramics - $369,900

Professor Michael Ferry and Dr Kevin Laws, et al
Ultra-lightweight alloys with unique multi-dimensional property profiles - $355,100

DECRA Awards

Dr Manuel Hinterstein
On the origin of high-strain in lead-free piezoelectric materials - $315,000

Dr Chunguang Tang
Materials design for self-toughening bulk metallic glasses - $368,000

LIEF Grants

Dr Jan Seidel, et al
Next-generation electronic and magnetic materials characterisation facility - $760,000

Dr Judy Hart (project led by Dane McCamey, Physics), et al
Fabrication facility for oxygen-sensitive electronic materials - $240,000

Recent Research

Recent significant developments by our School include the emergence of environmentally friendly and economical metal processing methods, advanced surface coatings, electrical ceramics, engineering polymers and advanced composites. Read about some of our recent research projects.

Materials Research at UNSW

Our School has strong research interests, ranging from materials production (including extraction from ores and refining) to the design, development, processing and recycling of materials for use in industries like aerospace, transportation, electronics, energy conversion and biomedical systems.

We focus on the development and processing of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites with improved properties.

Fields of Research
  • Biochar
  • Biomaterials
  • Black coal utilisation
  • Ceramics
  • Chemical gas sensors
  • Composites
  • Electronic and superconducting ceramics
  • Fracture, failure and wear
  • High-temperature materials
  • Pyrometallurgical processes
  • Materials for energy conversion - solar hydrogen
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nanomaterials hydrogen storage group
  • Particulate science and technology
  • Physical metallurgy
  • Polymers
  • Sustainable processing of materials

Learn about postgraduate study and research opportunities in Materials Science at UNSW Australia