Smart 'Microrecycling' Technology Earns New Funding

Technology from UNSW that can reform waste into new materials is closer to commercialisation thanks to new NSW government funding.

Veena Microfactorie

UNSW Sydney’s SMaRT Centre has secured nearly $1 million in NSW government funding to help commercialise a technology that can reform waste materials into value-added products for use in the built environment.

UNSW was one of five winners to share in $5 million from the new Physical Sciences Fund of the NSW Office of Chief Scientist and Engineer to help bring industry-changing ideas to market.

The funding will help to commercialise UNSW's Microfactorie concept, which can reform waste materials including glass, single-use coffee cups, used coffee grounds and textiles into ceramic-based panel products that can be used as tables, countertops and tiles.

In announcing the funding recipients, NSW Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the Physical Sciences Fund translated scientific innovation into tangible, real-world outcomes to benefit communities, the state economy and the environment.

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