Our research

Swinburne’s sustainability-related research focuses on finding solutions to the complex problems that face our society.

Our commitment to a sustainable future is shown in sustainability themes and specific goals in our 2013–2020 Research Development Strategy.

We aim to incorporate sustainability principles into our research wherever possible. We strive to make our research activities ecologically sound, socially just and economically viable, now and into the future.

2014 highlights

Read about some of the key sustainability highlights for our research. 

Our Centre for Micro Photonics develop new techniques to synthesise one-dimensional carbon nanofibres and demonstrate an efficiency breakthrough in silicon-based solar cells. The outcomes improve energy conversion efficiency by 3.8 per cent.

Improving solar energy conversion efficiency

Turning landfill into roads

Swinburne’s Associate Professor Arul Arulrajah and Dr Mahdi Miri Disfan found ways to convert waste destined for landfill into building roads and pavements.

Waste generated annually in Australia includes: 

  • 8.7 million tonnes of demolition concrete
  • 1.3 million tonnes of broken bricks
  • 3.3 million tonnes of waste excavation rock
  • 1 million tonnes of waste glass
  • 1.2 million tonnes of reclaimed asphalt pavement
  • 400,000 tonnes of dry biosolids.

The research has the potential to convert this waste into civil and geotechnical infrastructure projects. The research findings have been adopted by state road authorities and local governments nationwide.