Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources
Centres and groups
Australian Research Council (ARC) Centres
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals develops transformational technologies for a competitive and environmentally sustainable future for Australia’s mineral industries through reduced environmental footprint, reductions in energy and water use, high resources recovery as well as support future leaders for the sector. The Centre will transform the minerals industry, establishing a new generation of research leaders to support the innovation needed in creating a green economy for the future.
Associate Professor Tom Honeyands is the Director of the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore, funded under the Australian Research Council's (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program, which is based at the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) at the University of Newcastle. It brings together three internationally recognised areas of research strength—beneficiation, raw materials handling and iron ore characterisation.
Priority Research Centres
Priority Research Centres
The Priority Research Centre for Advanced Particle Processing and Transport is concerned with the science and engineering of particulate systems relevant to industries of national significance, such as in the mineral resources area. We seek to develop faster and more efficient separation technologies, and technologies for the manufacture, storage, and transport of particles.
The Priority Research Centre for Frontier Energy Technologies and Utilisation conducts cutting edge research on emerging energy technologies, with particular focus on the abatement of greenhouse gases, and clean and sustainable energy production.
The Priority Research Centre for Organic Electronics is focused on the scientific challenges in the development of organic photovoltaics for the next generation of environmentally friendly energy sources, photonics and biosensors.
The Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies (CBSPT) is actively involved in both fundamental and applied research on a range of problems associated with bulk solids and particulate technology. Research areas include storage, flow, processing and transportation of bulk solids. CBSPT also provides specialist courses for industry through its professional development programs.
The Centre for Advanced Energy Integration is focused on research that integrates new energy technologies and systems related to energy storage, grid systems, energy generation and alternative energy sources.
The Global Centre for Environmental Remediation (GCER) aims to safeguard people's social, economic and physical health and wellbeing by developing innovative, cost-effective and sustainable technologies and solutions that reduce the impact of pollutants on the environment.
Innovation in materials science and research to develop advanced technologies and solutions for the global energy, environment and health sectors.
An international research collaboration network developing innovative technologies for a sustainable carbon economy.
The Centre for Ironmaking Materials Research (CIMR) is a partnership between NIER and BHP Billiton, aimed at defining the link between fundamental iron ore and metallurgical coal properties and their performance in the ironmaking process.
The Centre for Multiphase Processes conducts research in the science and technology of fine particles and bubbles. Multiphase processes, which involve more than one phase of matter, form the basis for all Australian process industries including food, energy, agricultural, production and processing.
The Centre for Optimal Planning and Operations (C-OPT) brings together researchers with expertise in using quantitative methods to develop innovative, customised solutions that help businesses streamline their processes and enhance their decision making.
The Centre for Resources Health and Safety draws on the multidisciplinary expertise of University researchers spanning disciplines including workplace health and safety, psychology, psychiatry, respiratory studies and environmental impacts, to meet sector demand in this area and facilitate industry and government collaborations for the benefit of communities in resource intensive regions.
The Centre for Social Research and Regional Futures (CSRRF) examine the roles that policy, people and organisations play in changing and developing regional economies and communities, primary industries, energy and resource management, land use planning, and natural environments.
The Centre for Water, Climate and Land focuses on understanding and dealing with the impacts of climate variability and change in the Asia-Pacific region. Of particular interest are hydrological extremes and how these may change in the future.
The Coastal and Marine Science (CaMS) Research Group is a cross-disciplinary team dedicated to improving the health and sustainability of our coastal and marine environments and the societies that depend upon them. The research spans across urban catchment environments, coastal waterways and lakes to the ocean; extending geographically from tropical to temperate locales.
The University of Newcastle’s Food Science Research Group combines active research scientists involved in food, plant and marine science, human nutrition and agribusiness, delivering quality research and research education opportunities of relevance to the sector.
The Nanomaterials Research Group is using advanced materials for application in energy storage, sensing and bioimaging.
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.