UNSW PICKS UP WASTE TECH AWARD

The Australian Energy Review - - CONTENTS - CAMERON DRUM­MOND

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.”

Im­age: Fleishman.

Pro­fes­sor Sa­ha­jwalla at the PLuS awards, Kings Col­lege Lon­don.

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