Global leaders driving
Dr Elhem Doroodchi and Professor Behdad Moghtaderi are developing world-leading renewable energy technologies and solutions to improve energy efficiency.
Our research has a global focus
The University of Newcastle is known for outstanding success in research.
Ranked in the top 3 per cent of the world's universities*, we are achieving research outcomes and excellence that registers on the global stage through collaboration with research peers, industry and the community.
Our researchers lead the world in fields as diverse as geotechnical science, engineering, energy and resources, education, English language and literature, geography, linguistics, sociology, reproductive biology, plant biology, applied mathematics, and health and medical sciences.
- Top 3% of universities in the world *
- No.1 university in Australia under 50 years of age **
- 5 Stars QS Stars overall maximum rating of five stars ***
** Times Higher Education World University Rankings '100 under 50' 2014
*** QS World University Rankings 2013
Research and innovation highlights
The University of Newcastle has a reputation built on high quality performance in health and medicine, science and engineering, and energy and the environment. Our research in humanities and the creative arts is on a rapid and upward trajectory and we are a leader in Indigenous education and research. This has attracted some of the very best researchers in the world, providing an important platform for the development of critical mass and future growth of these key research fields.
Our researchers are also solving some of the world's biggest challenges, from population growth and the obesity epidemic to building a cleaner future and bringing species back from extinction. Join us in reviewing some of 2013's research and innovation highlights.
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Aaron Wong Graduate Research Student
Aaron Wong Graduate Research StudentAaron Wong's latest work is breaking new ground in companion robot technology. The cutting edge development will enable a robot to connect with a human user based on shared emotional experiences.
Our researchers are global leaders in their field.
Laureate Professor Scott Sloan Civil Geotechnical Engineering
- Laureate Fellow Australian Research Council
- Leads ARC Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science & Engineering
- Director of UON’s Centre for Geotechnical and Materials Modelling
Laureate Professor Scott Sloan Civil Geotechnical EngineeringProfessor Scott Sloan is a leader in computational modelling in the field, whose development of more efficient methods of calculating load capacity for buildings and structures is acclaimed around the world.
Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell Organisational Behaviour
- Consultant to leading international government agencies and business
- Irish, British and US Academies of Management Best Paper Awards
- Leads UON Organisational Research Collaboration
Professor John Maynard Historical Studies
- Key collaboration: NIRAKN, a multidisciplinary Indigenous research network, comprising 44 academics from 21 universities
- 41+ publications, 23 grants
- One of the world's most prolific and respected voices on Indigenous history
Associate Professor Nick Talley Gastroenterology
- Awarded 2014 American Gastroenterological Association Distinguished Educator
- President-Elect of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
- Discovered the bowel disease duodenal eosinophilia
Professor Xu Dong Zhang Oncology And Carcinogenesis
- Key discovery: a lack of molecule PIB5PA could be a major cause of melanoma
- Co-Director: Priority Research Centre
for Cancer, University of Newcastle
- $5 million+ in grants and funding
Laureate Professor John Aitken Reproductive Medicine
Laureate Professor John Aitken Reproductive MedicineProfessor Aitken is a global authority on reproductive biology. Supported by funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), his research offers a solution to unsustainable population growth.
Conjoint Professor Chris Levi Neurosciences
- Principal Investigator
Global acute stroke trial
- Director: UON Priority Research Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health
- $11.5 million+ in stroke research grants
Laureate Professor Jon Borwein Applied mathematics and computer science
- Inventor: Borwein-Preiss Variational Principle and Barzalai-Borwein method in optimisation
- Listed by Microsoft Academic as Top 21 Mathematics Authors of all time
- 450+ published papers
Professor John Forbes Oncology And Carcinogenesis
- Recognised as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014 ( Thomson Reuters)
- 49 grants, $30 million+ funding
and 750+ citations
Professor John Forbes Oncology And CarcinogenesisProfessor Forbes AM is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of breast cancer prevention and treatment, with a number of pioneering breakthroughs credited with saving millions of women's lives over his 40 year career.
Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson Chemical Engineering
- Awarded 2013 NSW
Scientist of the Year
- Inventor of the Jameson Cell
worth $26 billion in exports
- 54 grants and $19 million+ funding
Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson Chemical EngineeringProfessor Jameson is a chemical engineer and inventor of the Jameson Cell, a revolutionary mineral processing technology that contributes more than three billion dollars to the national economy every year.
Laureate Professor Rob Sanson‑Fisher Public Health And Health Services
- Awarded Order of Australia
for service to improving public health outcomes
- 400+ peer-reviewed research papers
- 86 grants and $20 million+ funding
Research and Innovation Clusters:
Partnering with Business and Industry
Defence and Security Innovation Cluster
Defence and Security Innovation ClusterOur Defence and Security Innovation Cluster 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 Research and Innovation Cluster
Creative Industries Research and Innovation ClusterThe 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 Cluster
Joint UON and Central Coast Food Innovation ClusterThe 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 Research and Innovation Cluster
Global eHealth Research and Innovation ClusterThe 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.
We collaborate with industry.
We're solutions focused and we listen.
Associate Professor Sarah Johnson Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Awarded 2012 Australian Research Council Future Fellow
- Authored Iterative Error Correction
published by Cambridge University Press
- 16 grants, $2.9 million funding
Associate Professor Sarah Johnson Electrical and Electronic EngineeringAssociate Professor Sarah Johnson is developing next generation quantum key distribution (QKD) technology which has the potential to protect companies from espionage attacks and guard a country against cyber-terrorism.
Professor Reza Moheimani Chemical Engineering
- 2014 IFAC Nathaniel B. Nichols Medal: the first Australian recipient of the award
Department of Defence, IBM Zurich, CSIRO
- 40 grants, 300+ publications, $19M+ funding
Professor Reza Moheimani Chemical EngineeringProfessor Reza Moheimani's research includes high-precision mechatronic systems, dynamics and control at the nanometer scale, applications of control and estimation in nanopositioning systems, high-speed scanning probe microscopy and MEMS.
Professor Kevin Galvin Chemical Engineering
Professor Kevin Galvin Chemical EngineeringProfessor Galvin is one of Australia’s leading chemical engineers and innovators. In collaboration with industry, the application of his award-winning technology has been applied globally to the processing of raw materials worth billions of dollars per annum.
Professor Mark Jones Mechanical Engineering
- Director: Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies and TUNRA Bulk Solids
- Head of School
School of Engineering, University of Newcastle
- 45 grants, $9 million funding
Professor Mark Jones Mechanical EngineeringWith a global reputation as an authority on pneumatic conveying and bulk solids handling, Engineering Professor Mark Jones and his team have delivered more than 3,500 bulk solids handling projects for over 1,000 companies across 40 countries.
Institutes and centres
NIERThe Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) is leading research in sustainable energy production and use to benefit the community, the economy, and industry. NIER's priorities include clean energy production, energy efficiency, and the minimisation of carbon emissions.
Newcastle InnovationNewcastle Innovation is the technology transfer company of the University of Newcastle. This is achieved by linking the University's consulting and contract research to industry and securing investment to commercialise innovative technology developed within the institution.
HMRIThe Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) is a multi-disciplinary partnership between the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Local Health District and the community. HMRI supports the region’s internationally recognised health and medical research, education and training.
Delivering solutions for the
community - and the world.
Professor Behdad Moghtaderi Chemical Engineering
Professor Behdad MoghtaderiProfessor Behdad Moghtaderi is working with the Government and industry to solve global energy challenges through world-leading research in renewable energy and low emissions coal technologies. This will mean a cleaner environment – and save industry millions.
Professor Mel Gray Humanities and Social Science
- Led the first interdisciplinary research study on crime prevention in schools in South Africa
- Editor of Australian Social Work and International Journal of Social Welfare
- Widely published author on developmental, cross-cultural and comparative social work
Professor Mel Gray Social WorkUnder the guidance of Professor Gray, the University of Newcastle was the only university in Australia to receive a '5' rating for social work research in the "Excellence in Research for Australia" (ERA) rankings which are administered by the Australian Research Council.
Professor Jenny Gore Human Movement And Sports Science
Professor Jenny Gore EducationLeading a new era of teacher education and professional development, pedagogy expert, Professor Jenny Gore, is building a world-class model of education excellence that helps support both teachers and students and is influencing government and educational bodies across Australia.
Professor Phil Morgan Human Movement And Sports Science
- Awarded 2012 Young Researcher
- Designed world-first Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids obesity prevention program
- 27 international and national academic awards and 41 grants
Professor Phil Morgan Human Movement And Sports ScienceProfessor Philip Morgan’s research program is tackling the obesity epidemic. His work focuses on the impact of school and community based interventions to prevent or treat obesity in child, adolescent and adult populations.
Professor Clare Collins Nutrition and Dietetics
Professor Clare Collins Nutrition and DieteticsNutrition and Dietetics Professor Clare Collins is breaking new ground with her innovative approach of translating complex diet quality data predicting the risk of disease and death, into web-based tools and practical healthy lifestyle programs that people of all ages can access.
Professor Paul Dastoor Condensed Matter Physics
- Key collaborations:
Australian Federal Government, U.S. Air Force
- Solar Paint technology featured on ABC TV's
The New Inventors program
- 152 published papers, 103 grants
and $12 million funding