Chemical Engineering

Professor Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh

Professor Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh has been awarded the prestigious 2020 Robert Boyle Prize for Analytical Science by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Biodegradable 'plastic' bags made out of banana plants sounds a bit...bananas, but a couple of UNSW researchers have found a way to do it, and it could solve two industrial waste problems in one.

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UNSW Sydney engineers have led the way to ensure oral medicines targeting specific diseases or parts of the body are protected from the acidic conditions of the stomach.

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One of the scourges of hospital infections – biofilms formed by bacteria that stick to living tissue and medical instruments – can be tricked into dispersing with the targeted application of nanoparticles and heat.

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An innovative 'Resilience Index' that measures the ability of communities to cope with natural disasters, developed by two UNSW Engineering students, has won first-prize in a national competition to address the challenges of climate extremes.

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Food scientists at UNSW are minimising the adverse health effects of allergens in milk and other food products by developing innovative processing techniques that alter the properties of allergenic proteins.

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Supercritical fluid technologies developed at UNSW will be used to extract medicinal compounds from Indonesian herbs, enabling new methods of drug delivery.