Mike Manefield


A novel research solution that promises to dramatically increase gas yields from coal seams and biogas plants will be trialled for industrial application for the first time in India.


In the latest issue of UNSW Magazine, we meet our three new Deans and hear about the creative and innovative thinking that is their driving force.

Mike Manefield

A common fabric dye pumped into coal seams could hold the key to increased gas yields and reduced emissions, marking a major step forward in the transition to a cleaner energy future.


UNSW-led researchers have discovered a way to produce a tenfold increase in the amount of methane gas emitted by naturally occurring microbes living in coal seams and on food waste.


Decades of heavy industry have resulted in extreme levels of pollution in our waterways. UNSW Associate Professor Mike Manefield and his team have discovered a naturally occurring bacteria that literally breathes away these pollutants.

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Adding pollution-eating micobes to a standard remediation practice involving iron can dramatically speed up the breakdown of toxic industrial chemicals in groundwater, UNSW research shows.

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Three UNSW researchers are finalists in The Australian Innovation Challenge, a competition that offers cash prizes to commercialise the country’s best ideas.

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Cultivating bacteria that break down industrial toxins in contaminated groundwater has won researchers the 2012 UNSW Innovation Award.

UNSW researchers have shown they can safely destroy hazardous industrial toxins in groundwater by injecting naturally occurring bacteria into a contaminated Sydney aquifer.