Veena H2

Prof Veena Sahajwalla
Scientia Professor and Founding Director, UNSW Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre

Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer, and inventor revolutionising recycling science. She is renowned for pioneering the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials’ at the UNSW Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre, where she is Founding Director.

Professor Veena is the inventor of polymer injection technology, known as green steel, an eco-friendly process for using recycled tyres in steel production. In 2018, Veena launched the world's first e-waste MICROfactorieTM and in 2019 she launched her plastics and Green Ceramics MICROfactoriesTM, a recycling technology breakthrough. Professor Veena is the director of the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for ‘microrecycling’, a leading national research centre that works in collaboration with industry to ensure new recycling science is translated into real world environmental and economic benefits.

Professor Veena has also been appointed hub leader of the national NESP Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub. In 2021, Professor Veena featured in the 
ABC’s Australian Story and she was named the 2022 NSW Australian of the Year in recognition of her work. Professor Veena was named the 2022 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes winner for the Celestino Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science and was also awarded the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) Clunies Ross Innovation Award. In 2023, Veena launched The ARC Research Hub for Microrecycling of Battery and Consumer Wastes.

Session 3: Leveraging Opportunities

Professor Veena Sahajwalla
Scientia Professor and Founding Director, UNSW Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre

Michael Sharpe
Industry Specialist, LAVO

Grant Raja
General Manager Sales, Schneider Electric Sustainability Business

Clare Larkin-Sykes
Co-Lead, NewH2 - Hunter Hydrogen Technology Cluster

Dr Simon Wright
Research Principal, Energy Futures, Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS

Hosted by
Prof Alan Broadfoot
Executive Director, NIER, University of Newcastle