Research Centres

The School of Materials Science and Engineering has three research centres, funded by Australian Research Council (ARC) and other sources.

Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology

SMaRT brings together the distinctive research capabilities of UNSW’s academics and a track record of delivering research and technology suitable for rapid implementation. SMaRT aims to be an internationally recognised centre for the development of sustainable materials technologies.

Goals of the Centre:

  • Research, develop and implement sustainable materials technologies
  • Enhance the sustainable development of industries
  • Reduce environmental impact of waste and by-products
  • Technology transfer for industry transformation

For more information, please visit the SMaRT@UNSW website.

ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals addresses research issues on novel processing and fabrication techniques for optimising the performance of the applications of light alloys and light metal hybrid materials. The Centre has also established close relationship with various industry sectors.

For more information, please visit the ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals website.

Laboratory for Simulation and Modelling of Particulate System (SIMPAS)

The laboratory aims at understanding the mechanisms governing particulate packing and flow through rigorous simulation and modelling of the particle-particle and particle-fluid interactions at both microscopic and macroscopic levels; its application is oriented to mineral/metallurgical/material/chemical industries which are important to Australia and the world as well.

For more information, please visit the SIMPAS website.

The Baosteel-Australia Joint Research and Development Centre

BAJC is a world-first joint venture between Baosteel, one of the world's largest steel companies, and four leading Australian Universities - The University of Queensland, UNSW Australia, Monash University and the University of Wollongong. It seeks to create an enduring collaboration to conduct research and to provide innovative technologies in areas of interest to Baosteel.

For more information, please visit the BAJC website.

Australia-China Research Centre for LIght Metals

The Australia-China Research Centre for Light Metals brings together researchers from industry and academia in the fields of light alloy development and processing to develop new alloys and energy-efficient manufacturing processes for light metals. The activities of the Centre are driven by industry needs and have a balance of fundamental and applied research.

For more information, please visit the ACCLiM website.

Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Minerals, Metallurgy and Materials (3-M Centre)

The 3-M Centre provides a platform to foster interdisciplinary collaborations between Australia and China to meet the challenges in the mineral, metallurgy and material industries, which are of paramount importance to Australia and China. It focuses the R&D in raw material preparation, process metallurgy, material manufacturing and applications. Its collaborations include conducting collaborative research for developing innovative processes or products, training young engineers and scientists, application and commercialisation of research outcomes, academia and industrial linkages for knowledge and technology transfer, and formulation of informative and strategic advice for the development of government policies.

For more information, please visit the 3-M Centre website.