UQ is developing fundamental tools and concepts to enable the innovation and transformation of energy systems through strategic basic research that underpins many new technologies.
UQ has world-leading research capabilities in enabling technologies, including:
- The ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, with major projects in the synthesis, manipulation, and the physical, chemical and catalytic characterisation of new nanomaterials for natural gas, coal, and biomass conversion into valuable chemicals, transportation fuels, clean hydrogen production. Other research includes carbon nanomaterials for supercapacitors.
- The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), with programs focussed on the development of high productivity biomass crops and novel technologies for biofuel production.
- The School of Chemical Engineering, with major projects in photocatalytic research for improved efficiency of solar cells.
- Researchers from the Schools of Materials Engineering and Mechanical and Mining Engineering, with research into hydrogen storage.
- UQ Chemistry, with projects in energy storage for transportation.