Global leaders driving world-class innovation and research with our emerging research leaders, global leaders, and institutes and centres.


“The demand for faster communications drives us to redefine what is possible”

Dr Lawrence Ong

Engineering (Electrical)

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Breakthrough energy technology to power the developing world

Dr Kalpit Shah and Professor Behdad Moghtaderi from the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources have developed a breakthrough sustainable energy technology that could help solve the challenge of rural electrification. The technology could have implications for two billion people globally who do not have access to modern fuels, such as oil and gas.

Read more about Kalpit and Behdad's research

Research and innovation clusters:
partnering with business and industry

Our hubs and clusters are collaborative cross-disciplinary research networks uniting our expertise and driving knowledge exchange.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cluster seeks to facilitate a united research partnership between members of the University of Newcastle, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and relevant health and community organisations in order to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Defence and Security
Our Defence and Security Research and Innovation Hub encourages engagement between government and industry stakeholders, creating an environment where opportunities for innovative solutions and research breakthroughs can be generated into practice for the benefit of the defence sector and its personnel.
Creative industries
The Creative Industries Research and Innovation Cluster engages stakeholders that contribute to the growth and health of the local contemporary creative economies, through strengthening multi and interdisciplinary research, enhancing knowledge transfer capability and addressing future skills requirements.
Joint UON and Central Coast Food Innovation
The Food Innovation Cluster creates a shared environment for researchers, experts from the food and beverage industry and government members. Its collaborative framework delivers innovative approaches and creates new opportunities for the development of research breakthroughs that advance the food and beverage industry.
Global eHealth
The Global eHealth Research and Innovation Cluster will lead research, development, translation and commercialisation of health technology for clinicians, teachers, educators and the general public. Currently in the establishment phase, it aims to facilitate collaboration between innovators from various disciplines across the university.

Researchers print
needle-free glucose tests

Professor Paul Dastoor and his team have developed a saliva-based glucose test using a 2D printer, which could spell the end of needles and blood tests for diabetics. Through multi-disciplinary collaboration with our research institutes as well as through commercialisation, our research has a true impact on society.

Institutes and centres

Research and innovation
at the University of Newcastle

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1. Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014 and QS World University Rankings 2014 2. QS ‘Top 50 under 50’ 2014 3. Hobson’s Good Universities Guide 2015 (socio-economic equity and generic skills)