UNSW PICKS UP WASTE TECH AWARD
UNSW Professor Veena Sahajwalla has been awarded top honours for her research into recycling toxic waste materials at the inaugural PLuS Alliance Prize for Research Innovation.
The award, for her work The new science of green manufacturing, was one of two $50,000 prizes presented at the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit in London, recognising outstanding contributions that address today’s global challenges.
The PLuS Alliance is an international collaboration between Arizona State University Phoenix, King’s College London, and UNSW Sydney that enables research-led solutions to global challenges while expanding access to world-class learning.
Professor Sahajwalla and her team at the UNSW Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) have developed technologies to convert complex waste materials, such as old tyres and disused electronic devices, into ‘green’ materials for use in industry.
SMaRT works with companies around the world to help them get the most value from waste, converting toxic waste to ‘green’ materials to reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing.
“The work we’ve been doing to help global industries use green materials over virgin raw materials is vital to stability,” Professor Sahajwalla said.
“This recognition from the PLuS Alliance for the work we’ve been doing to drive change and impact communities across the world is a real honour.”
“The work we’ve been doing to help global industries use green materials over virgin raw materials is vital to stability.”
Professor Sahajwalla at the PLuS awards, Kings College London.