We harness natural microorganisms to recover resources, degrade contaminants and mitigate harmful environmental impacts, such as acid mine drainage.

The challenge

Sustainable resource management

With the rapidly expanding urban population worldwide, the demand for water, energy, food and mineral resources will continue to increase.

In hand with this growth, contamination of human-impacted environments, waste generation and greenhouse gas emissions will also increase, while water quality and arable land fertility will deteriorate. Practical and reliable technologies, which can maximise the recovery of resources with minimal energy usage and environmental impact, will be critical for sustainable resource management.

Innovative approaches are also needed to monitor and manage pathogen outbreaks, biofouling, bio-clogging and biocorrosion, which can impact productivity and cause environmental or public health risks.

Our response

Innovative biologically based technologies

We're working with industry and universities to develop biotechnological processes and environmental engineering approaches for mining, energy, water supply, waste and wastewater treatment and other related areas.

This includes processes to recover value (e.g. water, energy, metals, nutrients) from low grade resources and wastes, treatment of urban and industrial effluents and remediation of sites contaminated with organic and inorganic pollutants.

Our science also increases the understanding of microbially induced problems and helps to develop rapid detection, monitoring and control strategies for pathogens and other microorganisms of concern.

Our science improves the sustainability of industries by reducing cost and environmental footprint while increasing stakeholder acceptance through risk reduction to human and environmental health.

Interested in helping us further this research?

We seek research collaborators with complementary skills so we can work together for stronger results.

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