University announces $4 million partnership in carbon capture and conversion

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Researchers at the University of Newcastle will further their work to capture carbon dioxide and either store it or convert it into low-carbon fuels and chemicals, thanks to a $4 million deal signed today.

GICAN academics and partners pose with an MOU

The Global Innovative Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials (GICAN), operating under the leadership of Professor Ajayan Vinu at the University’s School of Engineering, have collaborated with Andromeda Metals Limited, Minotaur Exploration Pty Ltd, and Natural Nanotech Pty Ltd for the project.

Specifically, the project will explore the conversion of halloysite nanotubes into advanced nanomaterials that can be utilised as novel adsorbent systems and catalysts for CO2 capture and conversion processes.

Representatives from Natural Nanotech, Minotaur and Andromeda met with University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor Alex Zelinsky, Prof. Vinu and other senior leaders for the signing of the funding agreement at the Advanced Technology Centre at the University’s Callaghan campus this morning.

The GICAN team look forward to the current and future research collaboration opportunities presented by this funding.

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