Environmental Plastic Innovation Cluster (EPIC)

EPIC conducts cutting-edge research on the risk assessment of legacy plastics and plastic-alternate products. Our vision is to ensure that plastic-alternative materials are environmentally sustainable and safe, leading to better planetary health.

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Hosted at the Global Innovation Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials (GICAN) at the University of Newcastle, EPIC investigates the current environmental risks of plastic materials and provides remediation solutions while also exploring suitable plastic alternatives.

With our advanced research and innovation abilities, we aim to significantly contribute to the evolving circular economy model by not just rethinking the future of plastics but actively working to replace them.

Fostering engagement between industry, government and researchers, the Centre provides new market opportunities in the growing field of safer materials and sustainable production.

Our state-of-the-art facility and a vibrant team of researchers from multiple interdisciplinary fields allow us to contribute towards a greater understanding of the scientific principals and offer innovative solutions that can redefine environmental plastic research and the development of sustainable and safer materials for the future.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.