Global leaders driving world-class innovation
Professor Behdad Moghtaderi Chemical Engineering
Professor Behdad Moghtaderi Chemical EngineeringProfessor 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.
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 *
- Top 50 of universities in the world under 50 years of age **
- 5 Stars QS Stars overall maximum rating of five stars ***
** Times Higher Education World University Rankings '100 under 50' and QS World University Rankings 'Top 50 under 50' 2013
*** 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.
Our researchers are leaders in their fields. Our research is outcome driven.
Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell Organisational Behaviour
- Consultant to leading international government agencies and business
- Irish, British and US Academies of Management Best Paper Awards
- Chair: UON Wine Industry Research Collaborative
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
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
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
Laureate Professor Jon Borwein Applied mathematics and computer scienceA pioneer of experimental mathematics, Professor Borwein's work as the Director of the Priority Research Centre for Computer-Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications (CARMA) has placed the University at the cutting edge of this field.
Professor John Forbes Oncology And Carcinogenesis
- Awarded Order of Australia
for service to medicine in the field of breast cancer research, to the development of improved clinical practice standards and service to the community
- 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
Laureate Professor Rob Sanson‑Fisher Public Health And Health ServicesLaureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher is an internationally recognised cancer care and health behaviour expert. His latest ground-breaking research aims to reshape thinking surrounding death and chronic illness, so that end-of-life preparations are as thorough as preparing for the birth of a child.
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 EngineeringIn a digital age where information privacy is key, Associate 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 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.
Delivering solutions for the
community - and the world.
Dr Michael Ondaatje Historical Studies
- International best-selling author
in American History
- Awarded 2012 Max Crawford Medal
Australia's most prestigious award for humanities
- Co-editor: Australasian Journal of American Studies
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 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 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