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Founded in 2008 by ARC Laureate Fellow, Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at the University of New South Wales works with industry, global research partners, not-for-profits, local, state and federal governments, on the development of innovative environmental solutions for the world’s biggest waste challenges.

Based out of the Faculty of Science, the SMaRT Centre brings together researchers from the faculties of Science, Engineering, and the Built Environment. The centre has around 30 personnel, state-of-the-art furnaces and laboratories, and sophisticated analytical and processing equipment. Combining the distinctive research capabilities of UNSW's academics, the SMaRT Centre has a track record of delivering research and technology suitable for rapid implementation.

The core aims of the SMaRT Centre are to develop novel research for sustainable materials and manufacturing processes, build industry partnerships to activate research for real world impact, and to disseminate green materials and manufacturing technologies that benefit industries, local communities, and enhance sustainable economic growth internationally.

Veena is perhaps best known for her Green Steel invention and a range of other innovative technologies and products, including the SMaRT Centre's MicrofactorieTM technologies, as well as for her many years of media appearances and commentary, including as a judge on the ABC TV series, The New Inventors.

Our goals

  • Lead scientific and engineering research advances in the sustainability of materials and manufacturing processes.
  • Develop novel and innovative technologies and products which reduce environmental impact and enhance community benefits.
  • Activate world leading sustainability research all the way through the innovation–research–development–translation value chain in partnership with industry.
  • Collaboratively address the scientific and engineering barriers to transformative technologies for industry by creating a platform to enable more engagement, greater immersion opportunities and broader impact for SMaRT Centre research worldwide.
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Professor Sahajwalla is the recipient of an Australian Research Council Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship. This Fellowship supports her project in e-waste research and her
Science 50:50 program to inspire young women into science.

SMaRT@UNSW is a founding member of the the NSW Government and WWF-Australia sponsored Materials & Embodied Carbon Leaders’ Alliance (MECLA).

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