Research themes

Through the collaboration of industry with academia, NIER delivers solutions across four thematic research areas that are of increasing global and regional importance.


Resource Productivity & Efficiency

Resource Productivity & Efficiency

Solutions to important challenges facing the mining, minerals, gas and water resource sectors.

  • Advanced Particle Beneficiation
  • Iron Ore Sintering, Cokemaking & Blast Furnace Ironmaking
  • Geotechnical Analysis & Materials Characterisation
  • Bulk Solids Handling & Transport
Energy Technologies & Utilisation

Energy Technologies & Utilisation

Driven by economic and environmental challenges with the goal of increasing efficiency and reducing greenhouse gases.

  • Low Emission Energy Technologies
  • Renewable Energy Systems, Efficiency & Storage
  • Fuels, Materials & Energy Utilisation
Advanced Materials for Industrial Innovation

Advanced Materials for Industrial Innovation

Untapping the potential for next generation low cost sustainable applications.

  • Electrochemistry & Materials Engineering
  • Advanced Nanomaterials
  • Organic Electronics
Land, Water, Social Impacts & Sustainability

Land, Water, Social Impacts & Sustainability

Balancing environmental, community and economic activity in resource intensive regions.

  • Climate, Soil & Water
  • Land Use Management, Environmental Remediation & Social Impacts
  • Resources Health & Safety

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.