Tomorrow's Technology

Our researchers are developing new materials, instruments and systems that will contribute significantly to industry and improve conditions for many people on the planet.

Besides focusing on innovative research informing the development of tomorrow’s technologies, our researchers aim to partner with industry to transform their work into readily available, practical, real-world solutions.

The research topics of some of our most eminent scientists in this area are detailed below.

 Research Highlights Flipbook


Quantum Computing

 Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons

Creating the world’s smallest transistor signals a giant step in the quantum computing revolution.

Professor Michelle Simmons has  succeeded in making a seven-atom transistor - the world’s smallest - by systematically placing phosphorus atoms in a silicon crystal to form the transistor’s conducting elements. She is the Director of the ARC Centre for Quantum Computing and Communication Technology at UNSW – a move that has shifted Australia’s efforts towards a quantum revolution into high gear. Professor Simmons says the main goals are, to build a scalable quantum computer in silicon and to do the same in optics; engineering to scale it up; and quantum communication. 


Sustainable Processing

 Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla

Recycling tyres to make steel.

Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of UNSW’s Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT@UNSW), has already garnered a long list of international and Australian awards for her patented “green steel” process. This steelmaking innovation, commercialised locally and overseas by the major Australian steelmaker Onesteel, uses end-of-life plastic and rubber tyres as a “mix-in” in the electric arc furnace. As the first Associate Dean for Strategic Industry Relations for UNSW Science, she is particularly keen to foster collaboration with the people who can implement change in a commercial environment.



 Professor Justin Gooding

Nano stealth molecules to bring personalised medicine one step closer to reality.

Professor Justin Gooding from UNSW’s Australian Centre for NanoMedicine (ACN) is using nanomedicine techniques that utilise the body’s own in vivo biochemical activity to control and measure the release of therapeutic drugs. A 2011 NHMRC grant will be used to develop a sensing device that can detect and treat uveitis, a common and easily treated form of inflammatory eye disease. Professor Gooding says the research findings are potentially relevant in many areas, including treating infection, cancer, toxins or personalized medicine.


Biological Tissue Modelling

 Professor Mark Hoffman

Science offers a new approach on producing stable materials that are made to last.

Professor Mark Hoffman, is an expert in the structural integrity of materials. He uses computational modelling and research in UNSW’s Mechanical Properties Research Laboratory to design materials that are structurally reliable. His incredibly diverse research covers fracture mechanics, fatigue and tribology from the macro to nanoscale. Professor Hoffman is also studying bone structure on a nano level to see how it changes under the influences of diseases such as osteoporosis, drugs, or with exercise such as walking.